Van Aert aiming to end Classics with 'super performance' at Paris-Roubaix
12 April 2019 09:05
Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) is looking to end his Classics campaign on a high at Sunday's Paris-Roubaix. Speaking in Roubaix after completing his recon of the second half of the route, including a lap of the velodrome, Van Aert believes he has made a step forward since his Roubaix debut last season, where he finished 13th. "I hope to do well again. I had a nice spring Classics campaign already. I’ve had a nice progression compared to last year. I hope to finish it off with one super performance. That’s my goal," Van Aert told Cyclingnews after speaking with the Flemish press in Roubaix. "We have a strong team, maybe more so for this kind of race compared to the Tour of Flanders. They’re all big engines and strong and tall guys. I believe we can do a big effort here.ADVERTISEMENT "I think without a mechanical last year I was already able to finish close to the top five, and for sure top 10, but I was 13th. I don’t know, but my feelings tell me that this suits me a little bit better than Flanders." After third at Strade Bianche, sixth at Milan-San Remo and third at E3 BinckBank Classic, the only real blot on Van Aert’s spring is the Tour of Flanders. Van Aert came to the line in the group that contained most of the favourites but had nothing left in the tank when it came to the final sprint. He says that he has fully recovered from his efforts last Sunday. "I think I didn’t have the legs I had the weekend before at E3 and Gent-Wevelgem. That was what I already felt in the race but then, on the other hand, I felt that [Alberto] Bettiol was stronger than all of us," he explained.
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