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Olympic road champion's gold-medal winning ride at Rio got most kudos of all activities uploaded to Strava last year...

Greg van Avermaet won the opening race of Classics season on Saturday, the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad - and the post of his winning ride on Strava has earned him kudos from more than 3,000 of his followers on the social network.

The BMC Racing rider held off world champion Peter Sagan of Bora-Hansgrohe to win - watch his bizarre post-race interview here - with Sep Vanmarcke of Cannondale-Drapac third.

The ride that gained the most kudos worldwide among Strava users last year was also one uploaded by van Avermaet - his gold-medal winning ride at the Rio Olympic Games.

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Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.