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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

Scott Thwaites Ready To Give ‘everything He’s Got’ At Paris-Roubaix

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 20th at the Tour of Flanders last Sunday and eighth at Dwars door Vlaanderen the week before, while he also came 10th at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and finished second at Le Samyn, narrowly missing out on the victory behind Niki Terpstra1.

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.

I ve stepped up from last year, am finding my feet a little bit now. I know what I have to do to be up there and am learning the roads a bit, so that s been helping. I m pretty happy with how this year s going so far.


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The 26-year-old finished the Tour of Flanders2 in the same group as three-times winner Tom Boonen, and hopes he can contest his second appearance in Paris-Roubaix in the same way.

I ve been in good shape for a while, so I m sort of getting to the point now where I m having good days and bad days, I just don t know which one it ll be on the day at Roubaix, he continued.

I m still going to go into with full motivation and give it everything I ve got and yeah hopefully I can be up there like I was in Flanders. Thwaites made his Roubaix debut last year for the German squad and finished in 69th place, however, said the prospect of rain at this year s edition3 means the race is likely to be tough.

Rain it s not ideal, I d love it to just be sunny like it was last year, he said, laughing.

I guess it s the same for everyone, it ll make it a lot more stressful; a bigger fight for position; more crashes things like that, so it will be a much harder race if it is wet.

But then we all know what to expect and can put the plan into action, stay in the front out of trouble.

References

  1. ^ Le Samyn, narrowly missing out on the victory behind Niki Terpstra (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Tour of Flanders (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ prospect of rain at this year s edition (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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

One Of Paris-Roubaix’s Cobbled Sectors May Be Removed Because It’s Covered In Mud

The peloton at Troisville in the 2008 Paris-Roubaix (Watson)

Sunday s Paris-Roubaix1 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 sector2 will be included in the race, but if removed the total length of the cobbles will be reduced to 50.5km. While muddy cobbles aren t necessarily a death knell for a sector, route director Thierry Gouvenou says the fact that riders will switch from wet and dry areas means it becomes more dangerous.

We ll wait a few days before taking a definitive decision, Gouvenou said according to AFP. If we had to race today we d have to avoid that section. But there is still time, and experience shows that you have to be patient.

The problem is the switch between wet and dry areas, which is very dangerous.

The riders pick up speed on the dry patches and can get caught out when they come to wet ones.



Gouvenou also revealed that the race will start later than normal in order to avoid a situation like in 2015 when riders were forced to stop at a level crossing for a train to pass3. Several riders skipped the crossing barrier before the train arrived, forcing the UCI to amend its rules4 to prohibit such an act in future.

When we had confirmation of train schedule for Sunday in places used by the race, we decided to make some changes, Gouvenou is quoted as saying in L Equipe.5

We were scheduled for departure at 10:20, while now we should leave at 10:40. All that remains re-adjusted depending on weather conditions.

If the weather is bad the race will start at 10:30 and if it s nice it will start at 10:50.

All of this will be definitively decided by Saturday at 17.30 at the end of the team managers meeting.

Paris-Roubaix will be shown live in its entirety on Eurosport this Sunday, with coverage kicking off at 09.15 and culminating at 16.00.

References

  1. ^ Paris-Roubaix (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ the three-star sector (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ stop at a level crossing for a train to pass (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ the UCI to amend its rules (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ quoted as saying in L Equipe. (www.lequipe.fr)

‘Fabian Cancellara’s retirement is a pity for all at Trek-Segafredo’

Edward Theuns is sad to see his teammate leaving the sport at the end of 2016, but hopes to maximise the benefits of riding with the Swiss.

‘Fabian Cancellara’s Retirement Is A Pity For All At Trek-Segafredo’

Fabian Cancellara wins the 2014 Tour of Flanders, his third victory in the race Credit: Graham Watson

Fabian Cancellara1 s Trek-Segafredo team-mates have lamented the loss that his retirement at the end of this season will bring to the squad, particularly his help mentoring younger riders. Edward Theuns is one of seven riders aiming to assist Cancellara win the Tour of Flanders on Sunday for a record fourth time, before the Swiss targets success in Paris-Roubaix next weekend a race he has already won three times, too. At 24 and one of many heralded as Belgium s potential next Classics superstars, Theuns is one of many keen to learn from Cancellara in his remaining race days.

Ghent-Wevelgem was the first Flemish race I did with him and I must say it s a pity that he stops because I really enjoyed racing with him, Theuns, whose stand-out spring one day results are second and third in Dwars door Vlaanderen, told Cycling Weekly.2

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He s a true leader and he has so much experience in those races. It s great to race with a person and a rider like him.

I enjoy that I can be in his team for the last year. It makes me really motivated for these Flemish races.

While Cancellara is the undoubted protected team leader, he still shares his wealth of knowledge and experience to his team-mates, something which Theuns lists as invaluable.

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He added: You observe him, looking at what he does in the race. If you re in the wind, he says wait a little bit and then go .

These are little things but you can save a lot of energy and he knows when and where he has to do these things. It s by observing this that you learn these things and I think that s the biggest thing.

Theuns compatriot and teammate, Jasper Stuyven, is being tipped as Cancellara s heir apparent with regards to the team s one day race leader, but Theuns own results including finishing second at Scheldeprijs last year4 suggest that he too could take Spartacus place in the future.

I think I can win the races just behind the main Classics now, but if I can win those big Classics, we ll have to see in the future, he said.

I hope it s going to be possible but I m going to have to see my evolution in the next few years.

References

  1. ^ Fabian Cancellara (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Ghent-Wevelgem (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ >>> Whatever Peter Sagan can do, Trek s Edward Theuns can do better (video) (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ finishing second at Scheldeprijs last year (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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