Roubaix stars are in favor of Lotte Kopecky: “But doesn’t he have to play a national team game?” † Paris-Roubaix

After her triumph on the Flemish tour, we look forward to seeing Lotte Kopecky in Belgium perform in this second cobbled classic. “I appreciate his chances,” says commentator Ruben Van Gucht.

“His form has never been better and his confidence probably isn’t. Besides, it’s a match for him. All of these factors are good for him and that’s why I’m making him a frontrunner.”

However, there is one important caveat. “How much do you think Lotte should give back to Chantal van den Broek-Blaak after the Flemish tour?”

“If we go to the finals with a group of favorites and Blaak’s attacks, I can see that Lotte is playing this game so that she can do well as a sprinter. As Flemish people, we have to be afraid of that.”

“But many of the puzzles need to fit in these 125 kilometers before this scenario can materialize.”

Do you benefit from Roubaix’s teammates or is it more of a woman than a woman? “Even in a race like Roubaix, the team remains important. We’ve seen with the men before how a strong team can still play a team game in the finals. And SD Worx has a strong team.”

Last year, the price quickly fell to the final fold. Lizzie Deignan attacked in one of the first cobbled sections and couldn’t be missed. “Now I’m waiting for a completely different course,” says Ruben Van Gucht.

“I’m looking forward to a closed competition, although I think Blaak will be able to do such a long solo. Only the weather is completely different. Last year it was muddy and rainy, now it’s a sunny and therefore fast competition. “

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