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La Flèche Wallonne 2019 – Who can control „Alaf“?

Key point:
 The rider sporting the number one also leads the world rankings, thanks to a start to the season that he has dominated in the face of little opposition just until the week of the Ardennes Classics. Diminished or not by a recent fall on the Tour of the Basque Country, Julian Alaphilippe heads to the Flèche Wallonne where he is most dangerous.
 If five-time winner Alejandro Valverde is still the man to beat on the Mur de Huy he could spoil the plans of the Deceuninck-Quick Step winning machine. Unless the world champion he succeeded, Peter Sagan, bounces back for his return to the race that could be his opportunity to get back on form in what has been a somewhat disappointing spring.

This is where it all began. For sure, discerning cycling aficionados already had the chance to detect the signs of an exceptional talent in the winner of the Fougères stage on the Tour de Bretagne in 2013, then a few months later at the Plateau des Glières on the Tour de l’Avenir. But it was the climb up the Mur de Huy where Julian gave a dazzling glimpse of his explosive abilities by clinging to the wheel of Alejandro Valverde, who in 2015 won his 3rd Flèche Wallonne. The French youngster, who came up short against the Spaniard the following year, had to wait until the spring of 2018 to win with authority in Huy. And since this consecration, “Alaf” has become one of the dominant riders in the major one-day classics, with victories on the Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo. Despite a recent fall that forced him to retire from the Tour of the Basque Country, the world number one comes in as the favourite, and will have by his side his team mate Philippe Gilbert, winner eight years ago of the Flèche Wallonne and last Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix!
If Alaphilippe has won more classics than Gilbert at the same age, the same cannot be said of Peter Sagan, who he beat recently in Italy but has never clashed with on the Mur de Huy. The Slovak has ventured there only once, finishing a very honourable 12th place in 2013, which only needs to be improved for his return to the Ardennes. Since he lost the world champion jersey, Sagan has struggled to find his way to the top step of the podium (only one victory in 2019, on the Tour Down Under), and his successor seems to have lost the winning formula since slipping on the rainbow jersey. While he had nine victories at this time last year, Valverde has just one stage win on the UAE Tour in 2019… but in some ways he will race on home soil next Wednesday. Among the regular Flèche contenders, Dan Martin has finished on the podium three times and will ride this year with victory in mind. He will have to contend with former team mate Michal Kwiatkowski, who rode to 5th place in 2013 and 3rd in 2014 as well as Michael Matthews who finished 5th last year and Michael Woods, who in the Vuelta (Balcon de Bizkaia stage) showed some real dexterity while the others struggled. On another steep terrain, Romain Bardet managed to overtake the Canadian at the Worlds in Austria. The silver medallist in the World Championship will need at least the same form to win his first classic. It will also be the challenge for Adam Yates, Daniel Martinez and Rudy Molard.
25 TEAMS, THE MAIN CONTENDERS

Australia
Mitchelton-Scott: A.Yates (Gbr), Albasini (Che)
Bahrain
Bahrain-Merida: Pozzovivo (Ita), Teuns (Bel), Dennis (Aus)
Belgium
Deceuninck-Quick Step: Alaphilippe (Fra), Gilbert (Bel), Mas (Esp)
Lotto-Soudal: Vanendert, Wellens (Bel)
Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise: Van Gestel, Sprengers (Bel)
Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team: G.Martin (Fra), Eiking (Nor)
Wallonie Bruxelles: Jules (Fra), Lietaer (Bel)
France
AG2R La Mondiale: Bardet, Cosnefroy (Fra)
Groupama-FDJ: Gaudu, Molard (Fra)
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits: Jes.Herrada (Esp), Simon (Fra)
Germany
Team Sunweb: Matthews (Aus)
Bora-Hansgrohe: Sagan (Svk), Schachmann (Deu)
Great Britain
Team Sky: Kwiatkowski (Pol), De La Cruz (Esp), Poels (Nld)
Israel
Israel Cycling Academy: Hermans (Bel)
Kazakhstan
Astana Pro Team: Fuglsang (Dnk), Fraile (Esp), Lutsenko (Kaz)
Netherlands
Team Jumbo-Visma: Gesink (Nld)
Poland
CCC Team: De Marchi (Ita)
South Africa
Team Dimension Data: Kreuziger (Cze), Valgren (Dnk), Gasparotto (Ita)
Spain
Movistar Team: Valverde (Esp)
Euskadi Basque Country-Murias: Rodiguez, Bravo (Esp)
Switzerland
Team Katusha Alpecin: Haas (Aus), Boswell (Usa)
United Arab Emirates
UAE Team Emirates: D.Martin (Irl), Costa (Prt), Henao (Col)
United States
EF Education First: Woods (Can), Martinez (Col)
Trek-Segafredo: Mollema (Nld)
Rally UHC Cycling: McNulty (Usa)

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„Heimstars gegen Seriensieger“ – das Drehbuch für den Radklassiker steht


Politt, Degenkolb, Ackermann, ein deutsches Dreigestirn will am 1. Mai vor allem eines: den ersten deutschen Heimsieg vor der Alten Oper seit acht Jahren. Im Wege steht Seriensieger Alexander Kristoff, der sich mit seinem fünften Sieg bei Eschborn-Frankfurt in die Klassiker-Geschichtsbücher eintragen und auf die Spuren von Legende Eddy Merckx begeben kann. Auch die internationalen Stars rund um die Podiumsplatzierten des letzten Jahres peilen für die 58. Ausgabe des Radklassikers den Sieg an.

Nils Politt (Team Katusha-Alpecin) sorgte mit seinem überragenden Auftritt bei der Königin der Klassiker, Paris-Roubaix, für den bisherigen deutschen Höhepunkt dieses Frühjahrs. Ein Grundstein für diesen Erfolg liegt in den deutschen Rennen, die sich für den 25-jährigen Hürther als erfolgreiches Sprungbrett erweisen. Fünf Jahre liegen zwischen dem zweiten Platz bei der U23-Ausgabe von Eschborn-Frankfurt und dem zweiten Platz bei Paris-Roubaix. Mit dem Etappensieg bei der Deutschland Tour, seinem ersten Profisieg, ist für Politt im vergangenen Jahr endgültig der Knoten geplatzt. Wer sich ein Spitzenresultat in der Hölle des Nordens erkämpft, hat sich einen Platz im Favoritenkreis des Radklassikers gesichert.
„Ich bin in der Klassikerform meines Lebens. Da ist es fast schade, dass es noch zwei Wochen dauert bis zum 1. Mai. Aber nach dem Roubaix-Spektakel bin ich auch ganz froh, jetzt eine kurze Pause einzulegen und mich zu erholen. So bin ich pünktlich zu Eschborn-Frankfurt wieder frisch. Es wäre toll, mir ausgerechnet vor deutschem Publikum meinen ersten Klassikersieg zu holen – mit einem Etappensieg hat’s ja bereits bei der Deutschland Tour geklappt“, freut sich Politt auf den Radklassiker.

Lokalmatador John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) blickt besonders motiviert auf den 1. Mai. Das avisierte Topergebnis bei seinem Lieblingsrennen, Paris-Roubaix, blieb am Wochenende leider aus. Dafür soll es bei seinem Heimrennen in diesem Jahr klappen, nachdem er im vergangenen Jahr verletzungsbedingt pausieren musste. 2011 sorgte Degenkolb für den letzten Heimsieg in Frankfurt. Die Frühjahrsform stimmt beim 30-jährigen Oberurseler. Bei Gent-Wevelgem noch knapp vom Frankfurter Seriensieger Alexander Kristoff geschlagen, werden beim Radklassiker die Karten neu gemischt.
„Paris – Roubaix ist zwar noch nicht ganz abgehakt, aber trotzdem geht mein Blick jetzt nach vorn. Ich freue mich jedes Jahr auf den Radklassiker und zum Glück habe ich jetzt etwas Pause und kann mich ideal vorbereiten. Und klar würde sich niemand mehr freuen als ich, wenn die deutschen Fans dieses Jahr einen Heimsieg bejubeln könnten. Aber leicht wird das sicher nicht, doch ich werde natürlich alles dafür tun.“, ist Degenkolb zuversichtlich.
Auch der Deutsche Meister Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe) hat bei den Klassikern in diesem Frühjahr bewiesen, dass er in Topform ist. Unterstützt von einem großen deutschen Aufgebot in seinem Team, setzt der endschnelle 25-jährige bei seiner vierten Radklassiker-Teilnahme auf eine Endscheidung im Sprint. Ein Sieg soll ihm Rückenwind für den Giro d’Italia geben – seinem Debüt bei einer dreiwöchigen Landesrundfahrt.

Neben den Heimstars wird Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) in zwei Wochen unter ganz besonderer Beobachtung stehen, denn der 31-jährige reist mit breiter Brust zum Start in Eschborn. Nicht nur vier Siege in Folge beim Radklassiker sorgen für Selbstbewusstsein, sondern auch das bisherige Frühjahr mit dem beeindruckenden Erfolg bei Gent-Wevelgem und dem Podium bei der Flandern-Rundfahrt.
„Meine Form stimmt und bisher waren es in dieser Frühjahrskampagne sehr gute Wochen für mich. Aber es ist auch das Heimrennen von John Degenkolb und er wird sehr motiviert sein. Es ist lang her, dass John in Frankfurt gewonnen hat – vielleicht ist er mal wieder dran“, versucht der Norweger die Favoritenrolle abzugeben.

Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer
Sollte es zum fünften Sieg kommen, ist ein Eintrag in die Geschichtsbücher sicher: noch nie ist es einem Fahrer gelungen, einen WorldTour-Klassiker fünfmal in Folge zu gewinnen. Dazu würde sich Kristoff auf die Spuren ganz großer Namen begeben und den Kannibalen jagen. Nicht nur, dass er am 1. Mai 1971 den Radklassiker in Frankfurt gewann – mit 7 Siegen bei Mailand-San Remo hält Eddy Merckx auch den absoluten Rekord an Klassiker-Siegen.
„Ohne die vier Siege bei Eschborn-Frankfurt wäre ich nicht der, der ich bin. In der Renngeschichte bin ich der Fahrer mit den meisten Siegen. Das ist cool, auch weil es ein Rennen mit so viel Tradition ist. Ich habe gute Erinnerungen an Frankfurt und hoffe natürlich, wieder als Erster über den Zielstrich zu fahren. Aber es ist schwer, ein Rennen fünfmal in Folge zu gewinnen“, sagt Alexander Kristoff.

Mit der Höchstzahl von 22 Mannschaften zieht das Rennen am 1. Mai wieder ein hochkarätiges Starterfeld an. Zum ersten Mal starten 12 Teams der WorldTour-Kategorie – so viele Top-Teams, wie noch nie. Nur drei Tage nach dem Ardennenmonument Lüttich-Bastogne-Lüttich steht Eschborn-Frankfurt im Rennkalender. 187,5 Kilometer lang und mit 3.222 Höhenmetern gespickt, bietet der Radklassiker einen gewohnt selektiven Kurs durch den Taunus. Hier werden auch die internationalen Klassikerstars versuchen, die Siegesserie von Kristoff zu brechen. Allen voran das Podium des Vorjahres: Michael Matthews aus dem deutschen Team Sunweb hat sich mit zwei Siegen bei der Katalonien-Rundfahrt und Rang 6 in Flandern eindrucksvoll aus seiner Verletzungspause zurückgemeldet. Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale), 2018 Dritter vor der Alten Oper, fuhr vor wenigen Wochen bei Mailand-San Remo und Gent-Wevelgem bereits auf das Podium.
In diesem Jahr kommt ganz Deutschland in den Genuss der TV-Übertragung von Eschborn-Frankfurt. Der Hessische Rundfunk überträgt am 1. Mai mit einem umfassenden Programm vom Start bis zum Ziel. Zusätzlich wird das Signal ab 14:45 Uhr in der ARD live ausgestrahlt. Damit werden hunderttausende neue Zuschauer die spannende Schlussphase und die Entscheidung des Profirennens im Fernsehen mitverfolgen.
Auch der Zuspruch beim Jedermannrennen unterstreicht die wachsende Bedeutung des Radklassikers. Bereits 5.500 Teilnehmer haben sich für die ŠKODA Velotour angemeldet – ein weiterer Rekord in der langen Geschichte von Eschborn-Frankfurt. Zum ersten Mal wird die magische 6.000er-Marke ins Visier genommen.
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PRESIDENTIAL CYCLING TOUR OF TURKEY

The key points:
• 119 riders are expected to line up in the 55th edition of the Presidential Tour of Turkey.
• “New” but “nostalgic” route to remember the event was created as Marmara Tour in 1963 and firstly won by Turkish cycling icon Rifat Çalışkan.

Merhawi Kudus, a hot favorite
17 teams of 7 riders each, divided into 6 WorldTour teams, 10 Pro Continental teams and the national team of Turkey will contest the 55th Presidential Tour of Turkey (16-21 April) that will start and finish on the historical Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul. The queen stage is on the penultimate day with an unprecedented finish at the ski resort of Kartepe throughout a 20-km long climb that will take the riders to the altitude of 1300 metres. Tour of Rwanda winner Merhawi Kudus of Astana is touted as a the favorite with Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates), Felix Großschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe), Jhonathan Restrepo (Manzana-Postobon) and Belgian prodigy Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quick Step) in the role of the underdogs.
“This is my second participation to the Presidential Tour of Turkey”, Kudus said. “Five years ago, I was a neo pro with MTN-Qhubeka and I got mixed feelings. I came fourth in the queen stage (to Elmali) but I crashed out with a broken collarbone on the last day in Istanbul. I think my form is good enough to compete for the overall win this time but it will all depend on my recovery after my crash on the last day of the Volta Catalunya in Barcelona.”
A star-studded field of sprinters
Out of six stages, one is for the climbers, two suit the puncheurs and three seem to favour the sprinters. Once again, some of the world’s top fast men have chosen the Presidential Tour of Turkey to perform their art. With four victories under his belt this year including two at Paris-Nice, Ireland’s Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) leads the field after he won seven stages in the past two editions of the Turkish race held in October. Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) makes his come back to racing after Milan-Sanremo. It’s his second participation to the TUR after his pro debut in 2015 when he came second to Mark Cavendish on stage 1 to Alanya. The superstar from Dimension Data who also achieved seven victories in two straight appearances in Turkey (2014 and 2015) returns to competing after his abandon on stage 2 in Paris-Nice. However, Deceuninck-Quick Step features a fabulous train with interchangeable lead out men and sprinters: Fabio Jakobsen, Alvaro Hodeg, Max Richeze, Michael Mørkøv and Davide Martinelli.
Around the Marmara Sea
Erol Küçükbakırcı, the president of the Turkish cycling federation, called the race a “nostalgic Tour” in the press conference on the eve of the 55th edition of the event that changed its name from Marmara Tour in its inception in 1963 to Presidential Tour of Turkey in 1968. He himself took part in the event in its early days and represented his country in the individual road race at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich along with Rifat Çalışkan who won the inaugural edition of the stage race now known as the TUR. According to the archives of daily newspaper Cumhuriyet, 5000 noisy spectators escorted Çalışkan to Istanbul’s train station carrying him up in the air with his bicycle after his 922km long journey around the Marmara Sea on a similar course that makes the menu this year.
TV: The TUR to be seen in 190 countries
The 2019 Presidentiel Tour of Turkey has a TV coverage in 190 countries via 39 media right holders. The race is broadcast live every day in Turkey on TRT Spor, also in Europe and Asia on Eurosport, in New Zealand on Sky Sport, in Sub-Saharan Africa on Supersport, in the USA and 18 Latin American countries on Global Cycling Network via Facebook Watch, and newly this year in Australia on SBS, in France on La Chaine L’Equipe and in Colombia on Señal Colombia.
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Titelverteidiger Sagan holt Rang fünf bei unglaublich hartem Paris – Roubaix

Pünktlich um 11 Uhr erfolgte heute der Start zu Paris – Roubaix 2019 in Compiègne. Mit 29 Sektoren warteten auch in diesem Jahr fast 55 km Kopfsteinpflaster auf das Fahrerfeld bei der Hölle des Nordens. Während die ersten 96 Kilometer durchwegs auf asphaltierten Straßen führten, folgte im zweiten Streckenteil des Rennens Sektor auf Sektor, bevor auf der Radrennbahn in Roubaix traditionell über den Sieg entschieden wird. Wie in den letzten Jahren entbrannte von Beginn an ein harter Kampf um die Spitzengruppe. Da bei Paris – Roubaix durchaus eine Chance besteht, dass es Fahrer einer frühen Gruppe bis ins Ziel schaffen, wollten alle großen Teams entsprechend in der Gruppe platziert sein. Dadurch neutralisierte sich die Rennsituation an der Spitze immer wieder und es dauerte mehr als 50 Kilometer, bevor sich drei Fahrer absetzen konnten. Das Feld ließ aber nicht locker und 20 km später war das Peloton wieder geschlossen. Rund 15 km vor dem ersten Kopfsteinpflaster Sektor des Tages konnte sich letztlich doch noch eine Gruppe lösen, gefolgt von einer ersten Verfolgergruppe in der auch Maciej Bodnar von BORA – hansgrohe vertreten war. Das Feld erreichte den ersten Sektor rund 40 Sekunden hinter der Spitze des Rennens. Die Gruppen vorne liefen wenig später zusammen, doch auch weiterhin blieb das Tempo enorm hoch. Nach den ersten drei Sektoren waren die Ausreißer wieder gestellt und einige Stürze dezimierten nun das Feld. Auch Peter Sagan wurde etwa 120 km vor dem Ziel hinter einem Sturz aufgehalten. Wenig später ging Daniel Oss zu Boden, der das Rennen leider aufgeben musste. Nachdem das Feld zwischenzeitlich in zwei Teile zerbrochen war, sorgte BORA – hansgrohe dafür, dass Peter Sagan wieder zur ersten Gruppe aufschließen konnte. Etwa 65 Kilometer vor dem Ziel setzten sich dann P. Gilbert, N. Politt und Rudi Selig (BORA – hansgrohe) ab. Zehn Kilometer später attackierte der Titelverteidiger, während an der Spitze Rudi Selig zurückfiel. Im Sektor 11, dem berühmten Mons-en-Pévèle, fanden sechs Fahrer an der Spitze zusammen, darunter Peter Sagan, die nun schnell rund eine Minute Vorsprung herausfahren konnten. Sagan machte einen guten Eindruck und konterte die ersten Attacken in der Spitzengruppe souverän, doch im Carrefour de l’Arbre konnte er Politt und Gilbert nicht mehr folgen. Während das Spitzenduo mit 30 Sekunden Vorsprung auf das Velodrom einbog, kämpfte Sagan am Ende um Rang vier oder fünf. Doch der Vorjahressieger war am Ende seiner Kräfte und musste sich beim Sieg von P. Gilbert mit Rang fünf zufriedengeben. Dennoch macht es den Eindruck, als ob der Aufwärtstrend bei Peter weiter anhält.
Ergebnis
01 P. Gilbert 5:58:02
02 N. Politt +0:00
03 Y. Lampaert +0:13
05 P. Sagan +0:42

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„Es war ein hartes Paris – Roubaix, und der Gegenwind machte das Rennen noch härter. Das Team hat wieder einen super Job gemacht, wir hatten ein paar Stürze, aber dennoch waren wir in der Entscheidung vorne dabei. Bis zum Carrefour de l’Arbre war alles ok, aber dann hatte ich einfach nicht mehr die Beine, um um das Podium mitzukämpfen.“ – Peter Sagan

„Wir sind heute ein gutes Rennen gefahren. Dass wir Daniel früh verloren haben, war natürlich sehr schade, aber der Rest der Mannschaft war heute stark. Wir mussten dann etwas früher reagieren, als wir eigentlich wollten, und auch Peter hat etwas früher attackiert als geplant. Er hat zuerst einen guten Eindruck gemacht, aber am Ende war er total leer und konnte leider nicht mehr um den Sieg kämpfen. Dennoch war es ein gutes Rennen von uns, und das Ergebnis war wohl das Maximum heute.“ – Enrico Poitschke, sportlicher Leiter
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PARIS-ROUBAIX 2019

The key points:
 175 riders from 25 teams saluted the crowds in Compiègne on Saturday, on the eve of the 117th edition of the Hell of the North.
 Former winners such as Peter Sagan (2018), Greg Van Avermaet (2018) and John Degenkolb (2015) eye a new victory in the iconic velodrome of Roubaix, but outsiders like Alexander Kristoff feel ready for the challenge.

SAGAN-VAN AVERMAET… THE OUTSIDERS?
Things can change very fast in the North. Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe) and Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) won the last two editions of Paris-Roubaix as outright favourites. But the former World champion and the Olympic champion haven’t been able to score this year in the classics and rivals challenge their dominance. Still, “I’ve had a good race in Flanders (10th) and I’m very motivated to do well and have a good result in Roubaix”, Greg Van Avermaet said on Saturday. “In Flanders, it was tight racing and it was hard to create differences. Roubaix is a different race, very hard, and with wind I hope there will be opportunities to split the peloton. Many riders can win, we could see an outsider, but I think the biggest favorites are Van Aert, Stybar and Sagan.” The Slovak national champion appeared relaxed in Compiègne: “I’m used to being the reigning champion on many races, that doesn’t change much. I’m not worried about my condition. Every year is different, sometimes you’re in a very good shape and you don’t win. It’s such a special race, everything can happen. Three timesI came here feeling very strong and still I didn’t win because something happened. I’ll just try to enjoy myself.”

KRISTOFF: “NOBODY WANTS TO HAVE ME WITH THEM IN THE FINALE”
With a very open race, Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) was among the most sought-after favorites on the eve of Paris-Roubaix. “I hope to be up there, fighting for the win”, the Norwegian said. “Actually, I’ve never had a really strong Paris-Roubaix. I’ve been 9th (2013) or 10th (2015). I hope to improve that and to fight for the win, that would be a dream.” Coming off his victory in Gent-Wevelgem and a podium finish on the Tour of Flanders, Kristoff hopes for a favourable scenario: “For me, the bigger the group, the better. For sure, nobody wants to have me with them in the finale but I don’t think they’ll focus on me. There are many strong guys who can make an impact in the finale. I can have a good sprint but there are so many cobble sections before that, we’ll have to see how it goes.”

DEGENKOLB: “MANY TIMES THE RIGHT MOVES GO FROM FAR AWAY”
“It’s never easy to plan things ahead of Roubaix, but I think I’m ready”, John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) says ahead of a very special race for him. The German champion won the Hell of the North in 2015 and dominated the 2018 Tour de France stage finishing in Roubaix, a victory many interpreted as his resurrection after years of misfortunes. “It was a very important victory”, Degenkolb reflected on Saturday. “I worked so hard for that result and it gave me a lot of confidence. It helps to stay calm and to focus on the important things. It’s always hard to predict Roubaix, anything can happen. You have to be up there and to save energy but you can’t be scared to invest energy in the right moments. Many times the right moves go from far away. Between 50 and 30 km to go, it’s crucial to be up there, around where Sagan attacked last year and up to the Carrefour de l’Arbre.”

TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE: A NEW KIT IN THE PELOTON
Riders from Direct Énergie and their manager Jean-René Bernaudeau enjoyed the team presentation to display their new kit as Total Direct Énergie becomes their title sponsor and brings new colours for the team. “It’s a jersey that gives us a lot of motivation, and it could be the extra bit of motivation that helps us make a historic feat”, Bernaudeau said in Compiègne. Without the former Paris-Roubaix winner Niki Terpstra, recovering from his crash in Flanders, the French team relies on different riders with a knack for cobbles. “It’s the race I dream of”, Damien Gaudin (5th in 2013) says. “I’ve had good results here and I’m in even better conditions. The team has never had such a good classics campaign, and Niki did bring us a lot.” Among the blue jerseys, Adrien Petit also has strong references in Roubaix (10th in 2016, 9th in 2017) and feels good after finishing 6th in Gent-Wevelgem: “It’s the biggest race of my season. I’ve had a nice classics campaign and I have the abilities to go for a big result.”

SAVE THE TROUÉE D’ARENBERG!
The association “Les Amis de Paris-Roubaix” has launched a crowdfunding operation for the public to help them “save the Trouée d’Arenberg”, the iconic cobblestone sector that has done so much for the fame of the Hell of the North. “The 2300 meters of the most mythical cobblestoned sector of Paris-Roubaix suffer from excessive grass that worsens year after year”, the association says as they set a goal of 15,000 €. They already participated in important works on the Trouée ahead of this edition, with the support of local governments, to prevent the sector from being too dangerous in case of rain. It shouldn’t happen this Sunday, with sunny conditions expected and temperatures between 3 and 9ºC. Riders also anticipate headwinds. John Degenkolb, who won in Roubaix in the 2015 edition of the Hell of the North and on the 2018 Tour de France, is the ambassador of the association.
https://www.kisskissbankbank.com/en/projects/sauvons-la-trouee-d-arenberg

PARIS-ROUBAIX: ALMOST 7,000 AMATEURS TAKE ON THE CHALLENGE
The 9th edition of the Paris-Roubaix Challenge, organised on the eve of the famous classic, saw a massive peloton of 6,839 cyclists riding on three different routes (70, 145 and 172km) all taking on the sectors of the Carrefour de l’Arbre and the Trouée d’Arenberg. 67 different nationalities were represented (23% of Frenchmen, 21% of British riders, and 17% from Belgium). Among them, three riders of Paris-Roubaix were coming back on the cobbles that crowned them: Andreï Tchmil (1994), Andrea Tafi (1999) and Stuart O’Grady (2007).

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Paris-Roubaix: Oliver Naesen: „It’s hard not to feel confident when I’m riding at this level“


Alexander Kristoff und Oliver Naesen 2 heiße Favoriten für Paris-Roubaix am Podium bei Eschborn-FRA 2018.
Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer
Oliver Naesen is ceasing to be a dark horse and becoming a full-fledged favourite. After finishing second to Julian Alaphilippe in Milan–San Remo, Oliver Naesen has put on a good showing in the cobbled classics, coming third in Gent–Wevelgem and overcoming a bout of bronchitis to finish seventh in last Sunday’s Tour of Flanders. Buoyed by the prospect of a race more open than in previous years, the AG2R La Mondiale leader is heading into his fifth Paris–Roubaix full of ambition and confidence.

Have you managed to get rid of your bronchitis?
I feel much better now, my bronchi aren’t bothering me any more. I’m almost at 100% and, at any rate, it won’t be a problem for Roubaix, it’s not going to hold me back.
Looking back a few days ago, how would you rate your performance in the Tour of Flanders?
Last Sunday, I did what I could with what I had. I got a decent placing despite not being at my best. I have good reason to be happy considering the circumstances.
In 2018, you fell short of your potential with a finish in 12th place. What happened?
Last year, I was at the back with the cars all day long! I didn’t even catch a glimpse of the lead group. In general, my performances in Paris–Roubaix have been quite disappointing. However, things might be changing this year. I’d rather not get ahead of myself because everything could go completely pear-shaped again on Sunday.
How do you think you have improved since last year?
I reckon I’ve got better in every respect since last year. I’m still quite young, so I’ve matured physically and begun to reach my prime. Experience has also sharpened my tactical acumen. For example, I shouldn’t bet the farm on a sprint finish. As for confidence, it’s hard not to feel confident when I’m riding at this level.
„It’s not now or never. I’ve still got plenty of seasons ahead of me to win races“
After trouncing the opposition in previous years, Sagan and Van Avermaet seem to have come back down to earth. Do you expect a more open race?
I still see them as the two favourites. At any rate, it would be foolish to rule them out. Let’s not forget that Sagan is a three-time world champion and the winner of last year’s race, while Greg is an Olympic champion. However, it’s true that there are a lot of riders at a similar level. This could make it an even more tactical race.
Do you think this could be the year you win the major classic that is still missing from your collection?
Perhaps, but it’s not now or never. I’m still learning and getting stronger. I’m confident that I’ve still got plenty of seasons ahead of me to win races. However, it’s true that it’s never too early to keep an eye on all the young riders who are getting better or even at the same level.
Do you agree that you will enjoy the support of the best AG2R team that you have ever had on the cobblestones?
Yes, I do. Stijn Vandenbergh is as strong as he was before his crash in the Four Days of Dunkirk in 2017. Sylvan Dillier, who was second in the velodrome last year, has got even better since then. I think Paris–Roubaix is better suited to our strengths than the other cobbled classics. Teammates struggle on the climbs, whereas Paris–Roubaix is more conducive to team dynamics. Also, my teammates ended up strewn all over the place in every cobbled sector when we reconnoitred the course last year, whereas this time round I’m the one who’s suffering!

Would you rather have a wet race or a dry one?
Anyone who hopes for rain is out of his mind! Only the spectators enjoy it.

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Anmelderekord für ŠKODA Velotour am 1. Mai: 5.000er-Marke bereits geknackt


Der heutige Tag geht in die Radklassiker-Geschichte ein. So früh wie nie zuvor wurde die Zahl von 5.000 Anmeldungen für die ŠKODA Velotour erreicht. Damit zeichnet sich eine neue Rekordzahl an Teilnehmern ab. Der Veranstalter nimmt jetzt sogar die magische 6.000er-Marke ins Visier. Bis zum 14. April ist die Einschreibung für die Strecken über 40, 87 und 100 Kilometer unter www.skoda-velotour.de möglich, bevor ab Montag der teurere Nachmeldetarif für kurzfristige Anmeldungen gilt.
Heute hat sich der fünftausendste Teilnehmer für die ŠKODA Velotour am 1. Mai angemeldet. Erstmals in der Geschichte von Eschborn-Frankfurt wurde bereits drei Wochen vor Rennstart diese Marke erreicht. 2018 haben sich 5.300 Hobbysportler angemeldet – eine Zahl, die dieses Jahr deutlich überschritten wird. Erfahrungsgemäß melden sich bis zu 1.000 Teilnehmer erst kurzfristig vor dem 1. Mai an, wenn die Feiertagsplanung und Wetterprognose näher rücken. Grund genug für die Veranstalter, optimistisch eine neue Grenze anzupeilen und für 6.000 Teilnehmer ein tolles Raderlebnis zwischen Eschborn, Frankfurt und im Taunus zu schaffen.
„Vor zwei Jahren haben wir erstmals 5.000 Starter erlebt – jetzt zeichnet sich ab, dass wir an die 6.000-Marke herankommen. Diese große Begeisterung für die ŠKODA Velotour spricht für den Radklassiker. Die Jedermänner und -frauen sehnen sich nach ihrem Rad-Saisonstart und dafür ist der 1. Mai perfekt“, sagt Nathanael Bank, Projektleiter bei der Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Radsports.
Alle Kurzentschlossenen müssen bereits jetzt einen Zwischensprint hinlegen, denn zum ersten Mal plant der Veranstalter einen vorzeitigen Anmeldestopp. Sollte das aktuell sehr hohe Anmeldetempo weitergehen, sind gegebenenfalls ab Ende April keine Nachmeldungen mehr möglich. „Wir versprechen den Teilnehmern der ŠKODA Velotour ein Profierlebnis und eine tolle Atmosphäre entlang der Strecken. Darum heißt es: wer seinen Startplatz sicher haben möchte, muss schnell sein“, so Bank weiter.
Die ŠKODA Velotour Classic führt über 100 Kilometer und ist mit legendären Anstiegen, wie Feldberg, Ruppertshainer und Mammolshainer Stich ein wahrer Jedermann-Klassiker. Bei der ŠKODA Velotour Express über 87 Kilometer stehen bis auf den berühmt-berüchtigten Mammolshainer Stich alle wichtigen Anstiege des Profirennens im Profil. Für Einsteiger ist die ŠKODA Velotour Skyline das perfekte Erlebnis: 40 flache Kilometer zwischen Eschborn und Frankfurt geben Gelegenheit, in den Rennzirkus hinein zu schnuppern.
Neben einer komplett abgesperrten und abgesicherten Rennstrecke machen viele weitere Profi-Services den 1. Mai zu einem Radsportfeiertag. So gehören die große Pastaparty, Starterbeutel und Finisher-Medaille genauso dazu, wie der attraktive Streckenwechsel, wodurch noch im Rennen zwischen den Distanzen gewählt werden kann.
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THE FIRST TIME IN HELL: TANGUY TURGIS (IV/IV)

„As time goes by, good memories prevail over bad ones“
There is a turning point in every cyclist’s career. About forty riders tackle Paris–Roubaix for the first time every year. Bitter or sweet, their first taste of cobblestones will stay with them forever. From now until 14 April, four riders who made their debut in 2018 will look back on this singular rite of passage. Tanguy Turgis’s first Paris-Roubaix was also his last. A mix of joy and sadness colours his memories of what was an exceptional day on more than one count…
Just this one and we’re going home! Such was the harsh reality of what will forever remain Tanguy Turgis’s only Paris-Roubaix after his career was cut short at age 20, following a heart malformation diagnosis last October, before he had even finished his neo-pro season. Cycling has long been a way of life for the Turgis family. The elder brothers, Jimmy and Anthony, opened the road for their younger sibling, who was neither the least spirited nor the least talented of the three, especially when it came to Roubaix: „The editions I remember well are the Boonen and Cancellara years. Tom Boonen was a class act. He made me want to ride Paris-Roubaix“, remembers Tanguy, who became a cobble-gobbler himself from an early age: „I took part in the mini Paris-Roubaix for under-16 riders and then in Paris-Roubaix Juniors, where I finished third in 2016. I loved this terrain and was able to thrive on it, especially in the build-up to the race. You need to be more focused than ever: reconnoitring, selecting the right material with great attention to detail, getting new bikes. All these things put me into a serious state of mind that boosted my performance.“
As he continued his precocious and solid progression, Vital Concept’s young rider was offered a spot on the team to prepare for the classic of his dreams, even though he had expected to ride the under-23 Tour of Flanders, scheduled for the same day. With just two weeks to go until the race, there was no time to dwell on it: „I remember telling my brother that I was a bit tired and wanted to reduce my training volume to stay sharp. I loved the days before the race and spent lots of time reconnoitring the course with Bert De Backer. He’s not really the chatty type, but Paris–Roubaix brings out a completely different side of him. I learned a lot simply from watching him.“
„If I could make my heart condition go away for just one race,
I wouldn’t choose the Tour de France or any other Grand Tour…
It would be Paris–Roubaix.“
Tanguy Turgis clearly has a keen eye. Among all his memories of Roubaix, he recounts the sensations that swept over him kilometre after kilometre; the words he exchanged at the start with his brother Jimmy, who was also making his debut, but in Cofidis colours and at the age of 24; narrowly avoiding a crash in the Haveluy sector; a feeling of rising confidence as he came out of the Trouée d’Arenberg with the favourites, etc. „I knew what I was doing“, reminisces Tanguy at the rhythm of his pedal strokes. „After Pont Gibus, the course was the same as in the junior race, so I felt almost at home. I thought to myself, ‚we’re on an equal footing now, boys, you can no longer count on home advantage‘. I was on Mathew Hayman’s wheel in Mons-en-Pévèle, riding close to my limit. I clung too close to him and had a flat. Everyone says punctures are just bad luck, but I disagree. I could’ve avoided this one. Bert De Backer hasn’t had any flats in nine starts, while I’ve only had one in four races on the cobblestones. I think it’s a matter of staying clear-headed.“ A bit further down the road, right after the Carrefour de l’Arbre, the two brothers joined up and brought the hammer down in true warrior style: „We both put in some pretty big turns, just like when we used to train as young riders. We kept increasing our gap to the peloton, where riders like Tony Martin and Adrien Petit were pulling, all the way to the velodrome. It was huge.“
Tanguy and Jimmy were 42nd and 43rd on the finish line. Vital Concept’s 19-year-old fledgling became the youngest rider to finish the Hell of the North since Belgian Roger Gyselinck… who finished 73rd all the way back in 1939! For a trend-bucker like him, keeping going on an almost empty tank is nothing to laugh at: „Tony Martin finished 72nd because there came a point when he just let himself go. However, as a first-time Paris-Roubaix rider, for me there was a world of difference between finishing in 42nd or 75th place. I was there to fight until the end.“ Tanguy’s state of mind after the race, „disappointed about my puncture because I could’ve finished 30th“, speaks volumes, as did his extremely promising performance. A euphoric Jérôme Pineau, his team boss, even saw him „winning the race some day“!
However, the fateful medical tests of last autumn brought an end to his dreams of glory. Racing in Paris-Roubaix is now a thing of the past for Tanguy Turgis. The massive disappointment reinforced his passion for the race that had already stolen his heart. „Right now, I feel sad because I know I’ll never get to experience it again, but as time goes by, good memories prevail over bad ones. If I could make my heart condition go away for just one race, I wouldn’t choose the Tour de France or any other Grand Tour… It would be Paris-Roubaix.“
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Paris-Roubaix: 54.5 km of cobblestones: The ratings game

Following Christian Prudhomme and Thierry Gouvenou’s reconnaissance of the course on 9 April, the organisers have rated the difficulty of the 29 cobbled sectors in the race based on their length, the unevenness of the cobbles, the overall condition of the sectors and their location. The Trouée d’Arenberg (km 164.5), Mons-en-Pévèle (km 212) and the Carrefour de l’Arbre (km 242.5) remain the only sectors with a five-star rating The shortening of the Troisvilles sector to its first 900 metres is the major change to the course for this year, while several other cobbled sectors in the first part of the race have also been altered. From this point on, when the peloton rolls into the area of Valenciennes (sector 23), the course is exactly the same as in 2018. The total distance remains the same, even though the length of the Trouée d’Arenberg was revised to 2,300 metres based on more accurate measurements. The sector where the first real selection is made remains as brutal as ever, but it has been renovated under the supervision of Les Amis de Paris–Roubaix over the last few weeks. „Having to change the course in the event of rain was becoming an increasingly likely prospect, so the Hauts-de-France region and other levels of government involved granted a subsidy to clean up the cobblestones, which had become swamped by mud and grass“, explains race director Thierry Gouvenou. „We used pressure washers to get rid of the dirt and filled the gaps with mortar to restore the first 500 metres on a descending false flat to good condition.“ Another 400 m stretch will undergo the same procedure right after the race. Moreover, a crowdfunding campaign will be launched soon to raise money for the works needed to keep the Trouée d’Arenberg on the course of Paris–Roubaix for the foreseeable future.

The 29 cobbled sectors of Paris–Roubaix
29: Troisvilles to Inchy (km 97.5 — 0.9 km) **
28: Briastre to Viesly (km 108.5 — 3 km) ****
27: Viesly to Quiévy (km 101.5 — 1.8 km) ***
26: Quiévy to Saint-Python (km 116 – 3.7 km) ****
25: Saint-Python (km 118.5 — 1.5 km) **
24: Vertain to Saint-Martin-sur-Écaillon (km 127.5 — 2.3 km) ***
23: Verchain-Maugré to Quérénaing (km 136.5 — 1.6 km) ***
22: Quérénaing to Maing (km 140.5 — 2.5 km) ***
21: Maing to Monchaux-sur-Ecaillon (km 142.5 — 1.6 km) ***
20: Haveluy to Wallers (km 156.5 — 2.5 km) ****
19: Trouée d’Arenberg (km 164.5 — 2.3 km) *****
18: Wallers to Hélesmes (km 170 – 1.6 km) ***
17: Hornaing to Wandignies (km 179 – 3.7 km) ****
16: Warlaing to Brillon (km 185 – 2.4 km) ***
15: Tilloy to Sars-et-Rosières (km 188.5 — 2.4 km) ****
14: Beuvry to Orchies (km 194 — 1.4 km) ***
13: Orchies (km 199 — 1.7 km) ***
12: Auchy to Bersée (km 206.5 — 2.7 km) ****
11: Mons-en-Pévèle (km 212 – 3 km) *****
10: Mérignies to Avelin (km 215.5 – 0.7 km) **
9: Pont-Thibault to Ennevelin (km 220 – 1.4 km) ***
8: Templeuve — L’Épinette (km 224 – 0.2 km) *
8: Templeuve — Moulin-de-Vertain (km 225 – 0.5 km) **
7: Cysoing to Bourghelles (km 232 – 1.3 km) ***
6: Bourghelles to Wannehain (km 234.5 – 1.1 km) ***
5: Camphin-en-Pévèle (km 239.5 – 1.8 km) ****
4: Carrefour de l’Arbre (km 242.5 – 2.1 km) *****
3: Gruson (km 244 — 1.1 km) **
2: Willems to Hem (km 251 — 1.4 km) ***
1: Roubaix (km 256 — 0.3 km) *
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The first time in hell: Sven Erik Bystrøm (III/IV)

„This race has a special place in my heart.“


Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer – www.plomi.smugmug.com

There is a turning point in every cyclist’s career. About forty riders tackle Paris-Roubaix for the first time every year. Bitter or sweet, their first taste of cobblestones will stay with them forever. From now until 14 April, four riders who made their debut in 2018 will look back on this singular rite of passage. The former Under-23 world champion Sven Erik Bystrøm finished 27th in what was an emotionally charged experience for the Norwegian rider.
No Norwegian rider has ever won the Queen of Classics, with Thor Hushovd coming closest to the coveted cobblestone trophy a decade ago (third in 2009 and second in 2010). Meanwhile, thousands of kilometres away, a teenager was glued to his TV set and watching on the edge of his seat as the future world champion, then riding for Cervélo, launched his bid for glory on the cobblestones: „Thor was the greatest cycling star in Norway at the time“, says Sven Erik Bystrøm. „I used to follow him with great interest and saw him come within touching distance of victory, especially that time he crashed in the Carrefour de l’Arbre. Knowing this, I’ve always found this race fascinating to watch, it’s really special.“

The apprentice tried to follow in the footsteps of his idol from the very beginning by adventuring into this bone-rattling terrain already in his junior years. „Cobblestones are something out of the ordinary. I remember very clearly the first time I tackled them. My local club in Stavanger took us to Belgium for a training camp and a few races. Riding the same sectors I’d seen on TV was mind-blowing. We spent two weeks there, and we went to the Mur de Grammont or the Bosberg every single day. I found it exciting from the beginning“, recalls Bystrøm, who soon after experienced the thrills and rolls of the dice that characterise Paris-Roubaix in its junior version. „I have a rather specific memory of the race. Jasper Stuyven came out on top that year [2010]. I was riding in a group right behind him when I lost a pedal in the last cobbled sector. I missed out on the opportunity to fight for a top placing [39th], but the race still managed to captivate me.“
„The Trouée d’Arenberg is truly spectacular.
We enter the forest with the peloton going full steam ahead
and fans everywhere… This is where things get serious.“
Although this first experience left Sven Erik wanting more, he had to wait a long time to face the real deal: „In my first few seasons as a pro, I was picked to ride the Belgian classics but not Paris-Roubaix, which left me a bit frustrated. I was finally selected last year. I managed to slip into the breakaway and tackle the most famous sectors at the front of the race. Then Sagan caught us and it was extremely hard to hold onto his wheel.“
Bystrøm is one of the men conscripted by UAE Team Emirates to ride for captain and mentor Alexander Kristoff, who could already count on him last year: „My role was to help him, and this is the main reason I got into the breakaway, to work for him once he caught up with us. Unfortunately, the plan fell through after he crashed. Alexander and I live in the same city and have been training together for years. We’re close friends. After winning Milan-San Remo and the Tour of Flanders, he still dreams of taking Paris-Roubaix some day.“
Bystrøm’s 27th place in the velodrome (second-best rookie, after Wout Van Aert, 13th) felt good but not terribly useful. However, the 2014 Under–23 world champion still has vivid memories of all the sensations: „The Trouée d’Arenberg is truly spectacular. We enter the forest with the peloton going full steam ahead and fans everywhere… You really get the feeling that this is where things get serious. However, the Carrefour de l’Arbre was the worst part for me. Apart from the cobblestones, fatigue started to kick in. I was still near the front, so I had to keep going hard, I couldn’t simply peel off and enjoy a leisure ride to the finish.“
Just like the most battle-hardened veterans, Bystrøm started by assimilating and accepting the suffering that awaits riders on the cobblestones of Paris-Roubaix: „This race has a special place in my heart. Of course, I’d love to win it some day, but for that to happen I’ll have to work really hard. It’s my kind of terrain, it’s a race that makes me feel good.“ The Norwegian rouleur is heading to Compiègne for the start of the 117th edition with the same prerogatives and determined to keep learning: „I expect another gruelling race. We’ll be fielding an ambitious group to support Alexander. For example, we’ve got a young Belgian rider who’s showing a lot of promise in the classics, Jasper Philipsen [fourth in the 2018 Paris-Roubaix Espoirs]. There’s going to be a big fight, and we have to be ready for it.“
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THE FIRST TIME IN HELL: PHIL BAUHAUS (II/IV)

„It’s only in the last five kilometres that it really starts to sink in“
There is a turning point in every cyclist’s career. About forty riders tackle Paris–Roubaix for the first time every year. Bitter or sweet, their first taste of cobblestones will stay with them forever. From now until 14 April, four riders who made their debut in 2018 will look back on their experience and tell paris-roubaix.fr all about this singular rite of passage. Germany’s Phil Bauhaus crashed last year, but he is already raring to go for round 2!

Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer (Eschborn-FRA 2018)
24-year-old Phil Bauhaus is one of the rising sprint stars of the new wave of German riders. Bahrain–Merida’s new signing holds the same position at the top of the pecking order he earned at Sunweb and can count on the support of the team in bunch finishes in the shape of two of the most experienced lead-out men in the world: Heinrich Haussler and Marcel Sieberg, with the latter deserting André Greipel after eleven years of good and loyal service and pledging allegiance to the new kid in the block. However, the story changes when the race hits the cobblestones. Bauhaus (whose surname translates literally as „building house“) is more than willing to support the seasoned veterans, convinced that his turn will come sooner or later if he is stubborn enough because the Hell of the North is all about patience and endurance.
„I used to watch Paris-Roubaix on TV and also rode it as a junior” (33rd in 2012, 3′06″ behind the Danish winner Mads Würtz Schmidt, who now races for Katusha-Alpecin), explains the rider from Bocholt, North Rhine-Westphalia. „At just 18 years old, I loved the experience (in the appetiser before the pro race in which Tom Boonen took his swansong victory). It still fascinates me.“
„It’s a unique feeling: a sense of relief
and the pride that comes from such an
extraordinary accomplishment“
Arnaud Démare, Bryan Coquard and Nacer Bouhanni have been painfully aware of just how fast the German can be ever since he beat them at the end of stage 5 of the 2017 Critérium du Dauphiné in Mâcon. He went on to claim the scalps of fellow Germans Marcel Kittel, Pascal Ackermann and André Greipel, as well as Caleb Ewan and Elia Viviani, to open Sunweb’s 2018 account in stage 3 of the Abu Dhabi Tour.
„As a sprinter,“ he points out, „good positioning is something that comes with the job description, which is vital in Paris-Roubaix. At the start of the race in Compiègne, you think that everything will turn out just fine and the cobblestones aren’t such a big deal after all. However, by the time you cross the finish line, you’re in a world of pain and your whole body aches from the severe rattling it got on the cobblestones. You feel ready to drop. It’s an excruciating race. The distance and all that time spent on the saddle drain every last drop of energy from you.“
After turning pro at age 18 with Team Stölting, then at the Continental level, and signing for the Bora Pro Continental outfit at age 20, at Sunweb he had to wait until his second season in the WorldTour category to get a taste of the cobblestones. „In my debut last year,“ he recalls, „I was supposed to ride in support of our designated leader Mike Teunissen (the Dutchman, one of the riders who made the race in the 116th edition and sprinted to seventh place, ended up 11th in the velodrome, 2′31″ behind Peter Sagan), and our back-up leader Edward Theuns (24th at 4′23″). Unfortunately, I crashed shortly after the halfway point and, from then on, I often found myself on the back foot and unable to help my leaders as much as I would have liked to. I see myself in more of a support role in Paris-Roubaix right now.“
Clearly enjoying the conversation, he continues: „It was my very first Paris-Roubaix, so I was over the moon to make it to the finish (in 78th place, 14′56″ behind the world champion and winner of the race). On the cobblestones, I remember being totally focused on staying upright and avoiding crashes. It was only in the last five kilometres, in the outskirts of Roubaix, that it really started to sink in. Overcoming all these sectors is a unique feeling. A sense of relief and the pride that comes from such an extraordinary accomplishment, one that forces you to dig really deep.“

It is worth noting that, before even broaching the subject of all these painful memories, Bauhaus kicked off the conversation with a caveat: „I’m really looking forward to blasting onto the cobblestones again in support of Heinrich (Haussler) and Marcel (Sieberg).“ The foundations are barely in place, but the next building phase is already under way…
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