Belgium still chasing first Classics victory of 2019

14 April 2019 05:10
On the eve of Paris-Roubaix, the often-spoiled Belgian fans are still awaiting the first Belgian victory of the spring Classics season. That's quite remarkable, seeing as how many riders are often regarded as favourites. There's Greg Van Avermaet (CCC), Deceuninck-QuickStep's Philippe Gilbert and his teammate and current Belgian road race champion Yves Lampaert, among others. As the riders are part of international teams, they're not as focused on the nationality of the winners, but their fans on home soil will think differently about that. During the teams presentation for Paris-Roubaix on Saturday afternoon in Compiègne, France, several Belgian riders expressed their hopes of taking victory at 'The Hell of the North'.ADVERTISEMENT Last year's Belgian road race champion Oliver Naesen was well aware of the expectation on him and his compatriots. "Sorry, Belgium, but it's not that easy, of course," he said. "I will try. I haven't talked about it with my anybody, but I know that, for the Belgians, it's maybe a bit disappointing. "In every race, we're among the protagonists. There are always around five Belgians in the top 10 at every race, but we just haven't been able to win this year," the 28-year-old AG2R La Mondiale rider said. Van Aert leads Belgian charge Stuyven: I believe that I can win this race Benoot and Keukeleire shoulder Lotto Soudal hopes Three-pronged attack for EF Education First You can read more at Cyclingnews.com . read full article

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