Greg Van Avermaet’s stellar Spring Classics run has continued with a thrilling win at Paris-Roubaix overnight.
On a stunning 22 degree day a tailwind, coupled with dry conditions, made for the fastest-ever edition of the ‘Queen of the Classics’.
Up there with Tom Boonen and Peter Sagan as a pre-race favourite, BMC Racing Team’s Van Avermaet, the Olympic Road Race gold medal winner, was brilliantly supported through the latter stages of the race by teammate Daniel Oss.
Entering the famed Roubaix Velodrome with ultimate second and third place getters Zdenek Stybar (Quickstep-Floors) and Sebastian Langeveld of Cannondale Drapac, Van Avermaet decisively won the sprint.
“I was afraid of Stybar because he was not working with us but then the sprint felt really good and I was really fast after this kind of long race,” he said, after holding the famous winner’s cobble aloft.
GVA Concerned But Confident
“I was really confident in my sprint because. At the end of a hard race I’m always one of the fastest guys. I went onto the track with the thought that I was going to win. I’m really happy to win my first Monument because I have had to wait a really long time to finally get on the big spot of the podium.”
GVA Thanks Daniel Oss
“We planned last night what we can do, and what I can do and that was to anticipate the leaders,” he said.
“I knew Greg was back there with the leaders so I tried to stay with a gap as much as possible. When I heard it was 10 seconds I waited for Greg and then did my last effort and then kept going until the end. The result couldn’t have been better.”