Scott Thwaites ready to give ‘everything he’s got’ at Paris-Roubaix

Yorkshireman Scott Thwaites says he s happy following a strong Classics campaign and is relishing a second appearance at Paris-Roubaix this Sunday Photo: Russell Ellis Scott Thwaites said he s ready to give everything he s got at Paris-Roubaix this Sunday, following a string of strong performances throughout the spring Classics campaign.

The Yorkshireman finished 20 th at the Tour of Flanders last Sunday and eighth at Dwars door Vlaanderen the week before, while he also came 10 th at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and finished second at Le Samyn, narrowly missing out on the victory behind Niki Terpstra 1 .

I think the whole Classics season I ve done pretty well, the Bora-Argon 18 rider said at his team bus after racing at Scheldeprijs.

One of Paris-Roubaix’s cobbled sectors may be removed because it’s covered in mud

Start time of Paris-Roubaix also changed to avoid riders being stopped at level crossings like in 2015 The peloton at Troisville in the 2008 Paris-Roubaix (Watson) Sunday s Paris-Roubaix 1 may be reduced to 26 cobbled sectors because the pav at Troisville is almost completely covered in mud.

Organisers say they will decide closer to the time whether or not the three-star sector 2 will be included in the race, but if removed the total length of the cobbles will be reduced to 50.5km

Greg Van Avermaet: ‘I won’t be happy with second place anymore’

Only the top step of the podium will do for Greg Van Avermaet at this year’s Tour of Flanders Belgian Greg Van Avermaet 1 (BMC Racing) made such a jump in quality over the last year that he says he will no longer be happy finishing second in the Tour of Flanders 2 on Sunday.

Van Avermaet took his biggest win yet when he won the 13th stage of the Tour de France last year 3 ahead of Peter Sagan (Tinkoff).

Marcel Kittel calls for better race safety after Antoine Demoitié death

Following the death of Antoine Demoiti , Marcel Kittel urges the UCI and race organisers to ensure that rider safety is their utmost priority at races Antoine Demoiti (BEL/Wanty-Groupe Gobert) Marcel Kittel 1 says rider safety is as important as fighting for a drug-free sport and is calling on the UCI and race organisers to act after the tragic events at Ghent-Wevelgem.

On Sunday, Wanty-Groupe Gobert rider Antoine Demoiti died after being struck by a motorbike along the route of Ghent-Wevelgem the latest in a string of similar incidents, but the only one so far in which the rider has paid the ultimate price. > > > Belgian rider Antoine Demoiti dies in hospital after Ghent-Wevelgem crash 2 Etixx-Quick Step s Kittel wrote a long, thoughtful message on Facebook 3 on Monday evening laying out the riders point of view and urging those in charge to change things so that such an incident can never happen again.