It’s Sagan vs. Van Avermaet again! The Belgian is positive that he can beat the world champ on Sunday, just like he did at Ghent-Wevelgem. The Slovak has bested Van Avermaet only at the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, while his nemesis has beaten him three times this year.

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“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,” Van Avermaet said.

Quite naturally, he is backed by his team with the BMC’s sports director Fabio Baldato expressing belief that the Belgian is a true champion, who will not fold under the immense pressure on Sunday. Van Avermaet is already planning to go all out in the race.

“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. My win at Ghent-Wevelgem was incredible and as I said then, I don’t think I can pretend that I’m not the favourite any more for the Tour of Flanders. I’ve had the best start to the season possible and what gives me even more confidence is knowing that my favourite race, the race that suits me the most, is still to come.”

Is he going to win? What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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