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Wilfried Peters on Paris Roubaix: 'Both Van der Poel and Van Art initially could be in our favor' |  Cycling

Wilfried Peters on Paris Roubaix: ‘Both Van der Poel and Van Art initially could be in our favor’ | Cycling

With Paris-Roubaix, the classic spring cycling season ended on a late Sunday afternoon. So far a disappointment for Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl, but with the victory in Hell Classic, everything can be forgotten very quickly.

“You should always be careful with a dog that gets hit,” Peters says after exploring part of the trail. “Now we are much better than in all the previous classics. Let’s hope we get lucky once.”

The fact that Paris-Roubaix came off a week later due to the French presidential election is a good thing for Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl: “If you see how things are going with Lambert, for example, you know enough. There are also riders who might weaken a bit and we just hope that Things are going in the right direction for us.

Belgian champion Wout van Aert is back for the first time since he was infected with Corona: “He is just one of the big candidates for me,” Peters continues. “Along with Mathieu van der Poel, of course, and Trek-Segafredo also has a strong mass.”

“Having both Van Aert and Van der Poel can play to our advantage. These two people together always create sparks, but in the past we’ve already seen that they look at each other sometimes. We might be able to use that.” . “

Peters sees many riders in his team who can make a difference: “Lambert proved himself last year and Asgreen came out of the classics well. Let’s add Sénéchal and with the Stybar you never know.”

“We have to try to get to the final with as many riders as possible and then we’ll play hard.”

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