I'm starting to get a little heartbroken watching Greg Van Avermat not win bike races.
He has good team support, this year anyway.
He is aggressive, doesn't do a Hamlet as the winning move rides away.
He has beaucoup legs at the end of long hard races.
He finishes on the podium, more than anyone.
He never gets to stand on the top step, almost never anyway.
What, if you were GVA's trainer, would you have him do?
I almost think he should do a whole bunch of after-250-km-sprint-training. Like Cancellara did. It feels like, so many times, he loses because he doesn't have that last turn of speed in the last 200 m.
In an interview I read, he ackowledged his need for a better sprint, and said he has been training for that, but - I speculate - maybe not hard enough or well enough?. Or am I all wrong, sprint speed is innate so no amount of training will improve his sprint significantly against the likes of Stybar?