Matteo Trentin will lead his Mitchelton-Scott team at Paris-Roubaix on Sunday, hoping that he can perform better than his 21st place at last weekend's Tour of Flanders. This time, the Italian can count on the vast experience of the now-retired 2016 Roubaix champion Mat Hayman in a directeur sportif role for the team, while in-race support will come from Jack Bauer and Michael Hepburn. "Roubaix is the last of the cobbled Classics ahead of a transition to the Ardennes Classics, and a successful race would be one that was better than Flanders," Trentin said, having been unable to follow the main favourites on the climb of the Kruisberg with around 25km left to go.ADVERTISEMENT "At Flanders, I didn't have a good day, but I hope it was only that day, so let's see if this Sunday will be a little bit better for me," he said. "The transition from the Classics so far to Roubaix is like going from rock concerts to a heavy metal concert," Trentin continued. "It's more of the same, but rougher, harder and, even though there are no climbs – it's fully flat – it just makes you exhausted. "Punctures and crashes are obviously the thing to avoid. If you manage that and have good legs, then it should be all good," he said.
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