Paris-Roubaix: Queen of the Classics10. April 2016, Roubaix (FRA) — Road Team
Paris-Roubaix, Hell of the North, Queen of the Classics. Whatever you want to call it, it was one hell of a race. At 257.5 kilometers with 27 cobble sections, it was no easy ride.
One by one the BMC Racing Team riders made it back to the bus. They all had one thing in common…a look of sheer exhaustion.
After they collapsed into their seats on the bus, wiped the dirt from their faces and took a moment to take in what they had just been through, we asked them one simple question: “How would you describe your Paris-Roubaix experience in one sentence?”
Marcus Burghardt: “I don’t think I’ve ever done such a fast Paris-Roubaix and I just ran out of energy and wasn’t able to stay at the front”.
Jempy Drucker: “It wasn’t how I wanted to finish after getting some good results at the earlier Classics but it’s Paris-Roubaix, it’s just one of those races that you can’t control”.
Floris Gerts: “It was my first time racing Paris-Roubaix and I think all I can say is it was one big adventure”.
Stefan Küng: “Good legs, bad luck….typical Paris-Roubaix”.
Daniel Oss: “It was Paris-Roubaix. What more can I say?”.
Taylor Phinney: “It was pretty much full gas all day so I definitely have much more of an appreciation of how hard it is just to finish this race”
Manuel Quinziato: “It’s disappointing to crash out of Paris-Roubaix but I was lucky in the end as I’m not too banged up. I’ve got a few new scars but that’s Paris-Roubaix.
Rick Zabel: “I survive hell today. On the cobbles it was really hectic and I had a flat and had to come back and then I crashed, but at the end of it I’m happy to finish my second Paris-Roubaix”.
And from the BMC Racing Team Sports Directors?
Fabio Baldato: “It’s not a Paris-Roubaix to remember for us. We didn’t have the legs and we didn’t have the luck”.
Valerio Piva: “Paris-Roubaix is a race at which you need to have condition, luck, legs, focus and motivation. It’s not as easy combination.”.
Top 3: Matt Hayman (Orica GreenEDGE), Tom Boonen (Etixx-QuickStep), Ian Stannard (Team SKY)
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