• Greg van Avermaet is embracing his status as the Tour of Flanders favourite. (Getty)Source: Getty
After winning Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Record Bank E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem this season, Greg van Avermaet is targeting a fourth win on home soil when he lines up at the Tour of Flanders (Ronde van Vlaanderen) on Sunday.
Cycling Central

BMC Pro Team
30 Mar 2017 - 8:42 AM  UPDATED 31 Mar 2017 - 12:58 PM

Van Avermaet is embracing his position as the favorite following his three UCI WorldTour wins this season.

"My win on Sunday at Gent-Wevelgem was incredible and as I said then, I don't think I can pretend that I'm not the favorite anymore for the Tour of Flanders," van Avermaet said.

"I've had the best start to the season possible and what gives me even more confidence is knowing that my favorite race, the race that suits me the most, is still to come.

"Lining up on Sunday will be a really special feeling. I know I'm the strongest I've ever been in Spring and this year the race passes my house. I say it every year; I know the roads so well, I train every day on the parcours, and this year I feel like it's my turn.

"I'm going to race aggressively and I have seven riders completely dedicated to helping me win. There's nothing more I can do to prepare. I'm ready."

The 2017 Tour of Flanders will be broadcast 2 April on SBS Viceland and streamed live at Cycling Central from 9:20pm AEDT.

BMC for the Tour of Flanders
Silvan Dillier (SUI), Jempy Drucker (LUX), Martin Elmiger (SUI), Stefan K√ľng (SUI), Daniel Oss (ITA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Francisco Ventoso (ESP).