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#3 Greg Van Avermaet vs #14 Maxime Vantomme

Greg Van Avermaet

Cobbles Credentials: Just entering the prime of his career, he's a threat for a breakthrough any race now. Doesn't it seem like he's a factor in the finale of so many races lately? That's because he is. Just this year he's been 5th at the Omloop, 5th at G-W plus a 6th at Strade Bianche. It would be the height of folly to count him out of a top 5 at worst for Flanders. A podium seems expected and a win....possible. He's the #1 cobbles threat for BMC now.

Maxime Vantomme

Cobbles Credentials: Just a year younger than GVA, Vantomme has been plying his trade amongst the wilds of Katusha until this year when he joined Crelan-Euphony so this guy is flying under the radar. Our feeling is that in the next couple of years he could, with good coaching, produce some nice results and a big team would be wise to scoop him up to deepen their cobbles team. This year he's had his best outing at Dwars door Vlaanderen-14th. He's also got a 24th at the Omloop.