On Sunday, our seven riders will tackle the Hell of the North. Andre Greipel and Bram Welten talk about their Paris-Roubaix experience.
Andre Greipel: “Paris-Roubaix requires a lot of concentration, a bit of luck and solid legs to be present in the finale. There are cobblestones, obviously, but you also have to fight to be at the front ahead of every sector. There’s no time to catch your breath. We know we’re gonna suffer. Our legs, our arms will hurt but you can’t give up and you continue to push on the pedals. It’s the kind of race in which you are in a fight with yourself, that’s the most difficult. Sunday is a big objective, I’m very motivated.”
Bram Welten : “I won Paris-Roubaix juniors in 2015, the race was on the same day as the pros’. There was already a big crowd at the velodrome and it was fantastic to raise my arms there. During the race you’re focused on the road but it’s magical to see the people encouraging you as soon as you take a quick look around. Paris-Roubaix is one of my favourite races and a big objective, I want to perform here. I want to be on the podium within 10 years.”