CCC Team rider Greg Van Avermaet won the final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire, attacking in the closing kilometers of a hilly 175km stage and then outsprinting a small group of three to take the win on his TCR Advanced SL Gold bike. The Belgian ended up finishing second overall in the four-day stage race in England, just 2 seconds behind British rider Chris Lawless in the general classification.
Van Avermaet entered the fourth and final stage in third place in the general classification after finishing third on Stage 3. The final stage was the toughest, with five short, step climbs before a flat run into the finish in Leeds.
An early breakaway group of nine riders built up a lead of around three minutes, but Van Avermaet’s CCC Team helped keep that escape in check before the decisive climbs. On the final climb, just three remained in front when Team INEOS riders launched a series of attacks.
A move by Chris Froome split the main field, and CCC Team riders Nathan Van Hooydonck and Serge Pauwels took control of the chase, putting in a huge effort to catch the breakaway riders. Riding with the Giant Pursuit helmet, Van Avermaet made his move, bridging up to Eddie Dunbar with Lawless on his wheel.
“I am really happy that I won the stage,” Van Avermaet said. “I think I made a good move, attacking on the last climb to bridge over to [Eddie] Dunbar. Lawless was still on my wheel at that point, but it was the only option to try and win something.”
Van Avermaet said it felt good to close out his spring season with a win after a few near misses.
“I was fighting from Omloop Het Nieuwsblad to Liège-Bastogne-Liège for a win and I missed out on a win in my bigger goals,” he said. “This win makes it a little better as it’s a nice way to end this first part of the season.”