Paris - Roubaix 2021 (03.10)

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Kristoff somehow never makes the first two groups though.
It seems counterintuitive given his sprinters’ body, but RVV has always suited him better, especially once he realized his capabilities there. Maybe all the short steep climbs and corners fit his strengths, but maybe he also stays more focused/attentive than at Roubaix? This is total conjecture on my part, maybe other folks have read some factual explanations :)
 
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It seems counterintuitive given his sprinters’ body, but RVV has always suited him better, especially once he realized his capabilities there. Maybe all the short steep climbs and corners fit his strengths, but maybe he also stays more focused/attentive than at Roubaix? This is total conjecture on my part, maybe other folks have read some factual explanations :)
You're not wrong. Kristoff himself has said that Flanders has always suited him better that Roubaix. It seems counter-intuitive but there is enough of a sample size to support his view.
 
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You're not wrong. Kristoff himself has said that Flanders has always suited him better that Roubaix. It seems counter-intuitive but there is enough of a sample size to support his view.
A few years ago a German cycling magazine featured power files of riders during the various spring classics.
The RVV with it's short climbs is characterized by short bursts, often anaerobic when the race explodes. Roubaix on the other hand has longer efforts and is more of a grind, the tempo stays high for a long time and the average wattage stays rather high for the entire 2nd half of the race.

Qhuebeka actually have a good team, Campenaerts who is in great shape, Gogl and Walscheid, a 90kg Sprinter with a great TT who should be a lot more suited to this one that the RVV. I'm also curious to see what Nizzolo can do here, he's in good shape and at the start of the season he said that he wanted to race this one.
 
Let's imagine: it's mid-April 2019, and I wonder... will any of these guys ever win a major race; GT, Monument, World Championships (Elite Road Race), Olympics (Elite Road Race)?





And I probably forgot some...
 
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Let's imagine: it's mid-April 2019, and I wonder... will any of these guys ever win a major race; GT, Monument, World Championships (Elite Road Race), Olympics (Elite Road Race)?





And I probably forgot some...
You know you didn't forget any...

But few people would have guessed that Roglic would win the Vuelta 3 times before the next edition of Paris-Roubaix would take place.
 

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