Wanty-Groupe Gobert explored the final of Paris-Roubaix on Thursday. Six riders rode the last 100 kilometers of the Hell of the North: Frederik Backaert, Wesley Kreder, Mark McNally, Pieter Vanspeybrouck, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck and Frederik Veuchelen. Balance of the reconnaissance with sports director Hilaire Van der Schueren and Frederik Backaert.
“The recon is important to find a good feeling on the cobblestones and to discover the state of the stones. We were also able to test our tire pressure. We ride with Continental, which allows us to make a choice between profiles of 25 or 28 millimeters. “
“I expect a fast race as the wind is in the back. The early break could leave at kilometer zero, but it could also take over more than 90 kilometers to establish one. I expect Quick Step will control the race for Boonen. I had a good feeling in Scheldeprijs on Wednesday and during the recon today. It will be important to be part of the first 30 riders entering the Wallers Forest in the pack. But of course everyone wants to be in that position. “
Hilaire Van der Schueren (sports director):
“We all know the cobblestones, but it is important to explore to find the right track and memorize key points. The material is fine. Everyone is happy with the bike and the tires. We are ready for a good Paris-Roubaix. “
“We should be able to do as well as the Tour of Flanders. That means to have a rider in each group. McNally and Veuchelen will have the task to jump into the early break. But as the wind was blowing today the pack could remain together a long time. Perhaps even till the first cobbled section. Then Backaert and Vanspeybrouck have to anticipate. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, who skipped Scheldeprijs to rest, and Yoann Offredo will be allowed to safe themselves for the final. Then they have to ride like last week. “