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by Mark Zalewski
April 11, 2017
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In only his second year as a pro Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) came away with an impressive fifth place at Paris-Roubaix. The 22-year-old said he is delighted with the result, especially after dealing with the usual bad luck that the Hell of the North can produce.
Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) at the 2017 Tour of Flanders.
“I was in a crash on just the second sector, so I was already thinking that my race could be finished,” he said. “But then I kept fighting and I came back to the main bunch. All day I was fighting and I never gave up. In the end I came fifth.”
Moscon took 15th at Flanders this year and won the overall at the Arctic Race of Norway last year.
“This result and what I did in Flanders, of course they give me a lot of confidence for the future. But now really all I can think about is recovering. If you asked me would I like to ride Roubaix again now I would say no! I’m so tired! But in the next days for sure I’ll already be thinking about next year.
“Next for me I will do Fleche [Wallonne], Liege-Bastogne-Liege, and then Romandie. Then after that some rest.”