• It will be a week before Greg van Avermaet can get his golden bike dirty again. (Getty)Source: Getty
Greg Van Avermaet's recovery from ankle surgery is progressing with the Olympic champion now riding on the rollers, his BMC team said.
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1 Dec 2016 - 12:51 PM  UPDATED 1 Dec 2016 - 1:20 PM

The Belgian said he was looking forward to getting his 2017 season preparation underway and has his eyes set on the Tour of Flanders.

"I was back riding today on the rollers and everything is going fine. When I ride easy on the rollers I don't have any pain, so I just have to not overdo it. It was a good session and I also went swimming so it's good to now be able to do something," van Avermaet said.

"I think my ankle will heal faster now and by next week hopefully I can do more. We will see how it goes."

While van Avermaet is now allowed to ride in a controlled environment it would take another week to 10 days before he can ride on the open road.

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"Greg has been resting as much as possible and his recovery is going as planned. Now that he has been given the green light to start riding on the rollers, Greg will begin to increase his training load day by day," BMC's medical officer Dr. Max Testa said.

"It will be another 7-10 days before Greg can ride on the road, coinciding perfectly with BMC Racing Team's annual pre-season training camp which commences on 9 December, where we can monitor Greg's recovery well."

As he recovers, van Avermaet is looking ahead to a classics season, where he will again spar with the likes of Tom Boonen and Peter Sagan at races like the Tour of Flanders.

"It's a big difference to the Ronde van Vlaanderen parcours (Tour of Flanders course), especially from the start and it's going to pass my hometown. It's never passed there and now when it does for the first time I'm going to be one of the contenders to win the race, so that's a nice feeling," van Avermaet said.

"I look forward to the start and then the Muur van Geraardsbergen, as it's a climb I like. It's a good thing that they didn't change the last 80km because it's pretty important that they keep it the same. I like the final and we will see how it plays out, but I think the 2017 race has a nice parcours."