Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl will be heading to the Queen of the Classics, Paris-Roubaix now as their season schedule advances. This past month has been nothing but miserable and a failure of sorts as none of their riders got a podium spot for any of the events they participated in.
Was there a mistake with their approach? Or were their riders just not motivated enough? Anyhow, their performance in the events in Belgium and Netherlands was nothing but a disappointment.
The upcoming event on Sunday will be an all-or-nothing for the likes of Kasper Asgreen and Yves Lampaert. In a team conference, they said that the team will now be in “Attack mode instead of Defence mode”. The Cobbles or Northern France can redeem or break Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl as they seek out one enormous victory.
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Yves Lampaert said:
The weather expectations are dry. So, I think it will be fast. Hopefully, we don’t have bad luck this time and we are with several riders that are getting in good shape. We can all do a strong race – I’m convinced of it.
We’ll have to come to the final with as much as possible and try to put the race to our hand. Really detailed tactics are difficult to say in a race like Roubaix. Anything can happen in any place, but let’s go for attack mode and not defence mode.
Yves Lampaert and Kasper Asgreen will be leading the squad for Paris-Roubaix. The duo will be joined by Frenchman Florian Sénéchal and veteran Zdenek Stybar, this is shaping up to be a very strong team. They can easily clash with the likes of Jumbo-Visma and Ineos Grenadiers.
Lampaert confessed that they were in defense mode unlike the likes of Jumbo-Visma and Ineos Grenadiers, those teams knew how to be in the front and attack while Quick-Step struggled with this. The Belgian seems confident that the team will be ready on Sunday and will make a difference this time.
The big difference is that we are a bit stuck in the third or fourth line of the race. And that’s mostly the place where a lot of bad luck is happening.
We aren’t used to racing in that position, and we hope to take back our spot in the first line. I’m convinced that on Sunday that will happen.
But we can’t forget that we have all had problems and that because we’re at the start it doesn’t mean that we’re at 100 percent. It takes some time to recover well, and we try to be at 100 percent on Sunday.
There are illnesses that have affected the team, Van Aert is in recovery from his COVID-19 infection and Lampaert is struggling to be healthy himself. Let’s see how the team performs on Sunday.
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