The 2011 edition of the Paris Roubaix will take place on Sunday on an hard route of 258 km with 51,5 km of cobblestones.
This morning Quick-Step Cycling Team did a reconnaissance ride on the route for the “northern hell”.
“We pedalled for about 2 and a half hours” explains Sporting Director Wilfried Peeters “from Arenberg to the cobblestone sector in Cysoing à Bourghelles. The recon ride was preceded by a car recon on the cobblestones sectors that come before the Arenberg forest. The team is ready. Boonen and Chavanel are a guarantee in these kind of races. Sunday will be a fast race. The cobblestone we saw today in recon is very fast. It’s going to be quite a show.”
“After today’s evaluation of the route I feel a bit more confident about the shape I’m in after Wednesday’s fall.” Boonen says “Of course, it would have been better had I not fallen. I still have some aches and pains but there are still two days left to get back to 100%. Sunday will be another battle but our team is ready. We have some great riders on the team and we can count on an outstanding Chavanel; after what he did on Sunday in the Ronde he’s become a race favourite. There’s plenty of competition. I’d put Cancellara a little bit above the rest, but there are at least 8 riders who could win it. We’re going to do our best to give the team a prestigious win.”
“I’m in great shape” says Chavanel “I hope to ride the best race possible, like I did last Sunday. Tom and I are a dynamic duo, the team is strong. It’ll be important to take on the Arenberg forest out front. The new cobblestone section after the forest will make it hard to recuperate. We’ll have to be careful, that’s where the real race will start.”
Marco Bandiera (ITA)
Tom Boonen (BEL)
Sylvain Chavanel (FRA)
Gerald Ciolek (GER)
Andreas Stauff (GER)
Gert Steegmans (BEL)
Kevin Van Impe (BEL)
Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL)
Sports Director Wilfried Peeters (BEL)