The Belgian classics specialist Greg van Avermaet of BMC Racing has expressed his happiness to be back on the track.

Greg, who has confirmed his return to the sport on Wednesday, had been put out for a while after suffering a injury that let to a broken collarbone. He had sustained this injury during the Tour of Flanders.

He managed to finish in second place after a difficult and tasking uphill sprint during the stage tour of the California at lagua seca raceway. Van Avermaet had endured a challenging route to the top of the California coat after which he climbed with the best riders over many short kickers towards the end of the finish stage.

Approaching the finish line, Avermaet had battled with world champion peter Sagan of the tinkoff team but failed to beat the talented cyclist as he finished a close second. Despite being unable to finish first, it was a big boost of confidence for him considering the circumstances surrounding his absence from the competition.

The sportsman who had missed the Paris Roubaix due to the shoulder injury seemed quite happy with his performance. In an interview outside of Monterey, Avermaet said:

“You always have to wait and see how the body will react after a crash and how good your form is after you come back, so I’m pretty happy I’m up here with the best.

“Sagan is the best in the world in these kinds of finishes and I’m close to him, so I’m pretty happy with that and I’m looking forward to keeping this rhythm going and to be really good in dauphine and tour de France.”

The 217-kilometer stage was a good testing ground for the biker as he prepares for the Tour de France as it features super fast twists and turns together with a tricky finish.