Team CCCs Greg Van Avermaet has described the return to racing at Strade Bianche as “one of the hardest days of my career”
The Belgian who has ridden the race more times than any other professional rider, finished eighth in Siena, over four minutes behind winner Wout Van Aert.
Temperatures were in excess of 35°C throughout the race, with many riders struggling to stay hydrated.
The reigning Olympic champion said: “The heat and the first big effort of it took something out of me.
“I was quite sick after the finish, so you also notice how deep you went.”
Van Avermaet will now likely turn his focus to Milan-San Remo, the first monument of the year, where he’ll join up with teammate Matteo Trentin .
Milan-San Remo takes place on the 8th August 2020, be sure to check the website for our previews and more!