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by Mark Zalewski
April 6, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kittel takes fifth Scheldeprijs win; De La Cruz solos to impressive stage win at Vuelta a Pais Vasco; Coquard wins second stage at Circuit Cycliste Sarthe, Dowsett takes TT and lead; Van Dijk, Pieters take wins on opening day of Healthy Ageing Tour; Steve Tilford, master of cycling disciplines, dies at 57 after traffic accident; UCI adopts new safety measures proposed by Professional Riders Council; Vanmarcke out for Paris-Roubaix; Van Avermaet turns focus to Paris-Roubaix; Cavendish out of Paris-Roubaix with ongoing ankle injury; Kittel confirms return to Tour of California; Distance cyclist Mark Beaumont aiming to cycle around the world in 80 days; Bicycle fabricated from recycled coffee pods; Zwift Stories – Mathew Hayman; Urban Freeride lives – Fabio Wibmer.
After a second place at the Tour of Flanders last weekend BMC’s Greg Van Avermaet is looking ahead to the Paris-Roubaix cobbles this Sunday to continue his strong Classics performance. Van Avermaet was unable to race last year due to injury but goes into the 2017 edition as one of the big favourites.
Van Avermaet was the least inconvenienced by the fall and was able to ride his way to second in a small sprint, 29 seconds behind Gilbert.
“When you line up at any race you line up to win, and Paris-Roubaix is no exception,” Van Avermaet said. It’s no secret that the Tour of Flanders was the big one for me but I want to win a Monument this year and I have another chance this Sunday. I know I can do a good race and get the result I want. The Tour of Flanders showed that anything can happen in these races, so if everything goes to plan at Paris-Roubaix there’s no reason why I can’t win.”
Sports Director Fabio Baldato said Van Avermaet will be supported largely by the same team that lined up at the Tour of Flanders.
“With the exception of Miles Scotson, who will replace Silvan Dillier and make his Paris-Roubaix debut, we have the same six riders lining up this Sunday to race for Greg Van Avermaet at Paris-Roubaix,” Baldato said. “We know we have a strong team and I think we can learn a lot from our Tour of Flanders performance to be even stronger at Paris-Roubaix.”
“Paris-Roubaix is a different kind of race to the Tour of Flanders but I definitely think we can finish with a good result. We saw last week just how strong Greg is no matter what is thrown at him in the race, and having missed out on the victory at the Tour of Flanders, we are even more motivated for this Sunday’s race.”