Christian Prudhomme: There are a dozen riders who can win Paris-Roubaix
14 April 2019 08:56
Tour de France and Paris-Roubaix race director Christian Prudhomme says that he thinks that there are up to a dozen riders who have the ability to win Roubaix on Sunday, underlining that this weekend's 'Hell of the North' could be the most open race for some years. "There are a lot of favourites this year, and probably a dozen of riders who can actually win the race," Prudhomme told reporters on Saturday. "Among them is the Norwegian rider Alexander Kristoff [UAE Team Emirates], who's a former winner of Milan-San Remo, and has shown great form this year.ADVERTISEMENT "There's also title defender Peter Sagan [Bora-Hansgrohe], Greg Van Avermaet [CCC] and also Oliver Naesen [AG2R], who's great in the wind and on the pavé," he said. "Then you also have those who've come from a cyclo-cross background, and among them, most notably, is Wout van Aert [Jumbo-Visma], who is a three-time cyclo-cross world champion, and also Zdenek Stybar from the Deceuninck-QuickStep team, who haven't been at their best of late, but will still be strong, as they also have Philippe Gilbert and Belgian road race champion Yves Lampaert. "There are also some French riders who have a good chance," Prudhomme continued. "Arnaud Démare [Groupama-FDJ] finished sixth two years ago, which was no fluke. Adrien Petit [Total Direct Energie] has also twice finished in the top10, and that's not just luck either.
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