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by Mark Zalewski
April 5, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Albasini wins sprint on second stage of Pais Vasco, Matthews retains lead; Jules wins Circuit Cycliste Sarthe opener; Carpenter, Winder win Joe Martin Stage Race in Arkansas; Flanders champ Gilbert to skip Paris-Roubaix; Naesen taking aim at Paris-Roubaix; Sinkeldam tapped for Sunweb in Paris-Roubaix; Leopold König unable to race Giro due to injury; Scheldeprijs set to honour Boonen in his final Belgian race; Keagan Girdlestone completes first race as recovery continues to go well; Chris Hoy looking to ride across Antartica; Video: Meet Sarah Hammer; Video: Ride. Run. Play. Episode 1; Video: High Country Charity Ride.
Ramon Sinkeldam will be the team leader for Sunweb this Sunday at Paris-Roubaix, with Mike Teunissen also an option. Sinkeldam, 28, was 15th in last year’s edition of the Hell of the North, his best result to date.
“Paris-Roubaix is the last cobbled Classic of the spring and we have a number of specialists in the team with Ramon and Bert De Backer, who participated in last year’s finale,” said Marc Reef in a statement.
“From the Forest of Arenberg we need to stay together and ride aggressive. That way we can ride the finale with many guys, so we can deliver Ramon as fresh as possible.”
Both Sinkeldam and Teunissen have a good pedigree for a top result, with Sinkeldam winning Paris-Roubaix Espoirs in 2011, while Teunissen won the U23 edition in 2014. Teunissen is a new edition to the team this year, after spending his first two years as a professional with LottoNL-Jumbo.