CyclingQuotes.com uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.
ACCEPT COOKIES » MORE INFO »

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

"It’s going to be one of the best teams I’ve started with at Paris-Roubaix. Hopefully we will have a little bit more to say in the real final this time.  In the end you win or lose a Classic. You don’t get 2nd or...

Photo: Sirotti

GUILLAUME VAN KEIRSBULCK

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

ILJO KEISSE

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

MATTEO TRENTIN

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

NIKI TERPSTRA

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

NIKOLAS MAES

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

PARIS - ROUBAIX

RACE PROFILE
|
NEWS

QUICK-STEP FLOORS

TEAM PROFILE
|
NEWS

STIJN VANDENBERGH

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

ZDENEK STYBAR

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS
11.04.2014 @ 19:47 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Omega Pharma-Quick Step have announced a formidable roster for this year's Paris-Roubaix that was presented at a press conference earlier today. The team will be led by Tom Boonen, Niki Terpstra, and Zdenek Stybar who took the time to look ahead ot Sunday's race.

 

Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team riders Tom Boonen, Zdenek Stybar. and Niki Terpstra met with the media for a Paris-Roubaix Press Conference after their parcours reconnaissance on Friday. You can read some of their comments below.

 

Tom Boonen

About the Paris-Roubaix reconnaissance on Friday.

It was a good recon, like every year. It’s not so much the case that the parcours has changed now. It changed a little bit from last year, but cobblestones are cobblestones. It’s about last sensations with the bikes, wheels, everything. It’s better to do it today and go riding for three hours on the cobblestones than be surprised on Sunday. It’s better to do it today. 

About his Specialized Roubaix bike

Everything is the same with the bike almost as it was in 2012. You get better in it every year, more experienced. When I look back at my first Paris-Roubaix as a pro, we only changed the tubes, they were 25. It was a normal road bike. The same we raced the entire season. When I look now, to these bikes, the evolution is enormous. I’ve been happy I have had something to say in it. I think I’ve always been riding a good bike for Roubaix. You get so much experience you can carry that knowledge on to when you ride your new bike.  The Roubaix bikes we have right now, from Specialized, they’re really close to perfect. 

About Paris-Roubaix and the legendary cobbled sections

In a cobblestone race there’s not much you can change. The sections don’t change often.  They have to use the one they have. They’re tough enough to have a decent bike race on. I like it, it’s one of the last really authentic races in the world. You can really compare the palmares of 30 and 40 years ago to today. All the other ones have changed. It’s one of the last pieces of old cycling. 

About the conditions of the race

It is super dry. It’s really eating dust all day long. Especially today with the motorcycles and the car. You ride 200 kilometers behind them maximum, so you get all of the dust. We’ll be coughing up dust the rest of the night. But it’s best that it doesn’t rain. Because if it does it will be like oil. The cobblestones have so much dust on them. Now the dust makes the race faster. It covers up the really big level differences between the cobblestones. It makes the race faster. We have to see what the wind does now. We’ll see from there how it will be in the race.

About the chances of OPQS on Sunday

It’s going to be one of the best teams I’ve started with at Paris-Roubaix. Hopefully we will have a little bit more to say in the real final this time.  In the end you win or lose a Classic. You don’t get 2nd or 3rd place. I hope Sunday we will win. I hope I can maybe get my fifth win, but there are another few guys who really deserve it on this team. So, if someone else gets it on OPQS I will be equally happy. 

Zdenek Stybar

About the OPQS Paris-Roubaix reconnaissance 

We did 85 kilometers.  Of course the parcours for the moment, the cobbles, are very dry. It’s a lot of dust. But in the end I have a pretty good feeling. We will see on Sunday. Two days before the race sometimes I need good training. Today it was not too long but at times it was pretty intensive. On the cobbles we went pretty fast. I wouldn’t say all out, but fast. I think it’s good for the legs and the body two days before the race to get a wake up, There are only so many important points. I will check up another time all of the parcours in the map, pictures, and all the information we have to think about the race and go to bed with a good feeling.

About the OPQS materials for the parcours

On the cobbles it’s pretty strange. It’s a lot harder than on the asphalt.  But I think we have the best material we could wish for.  We have the best tires, frames, wheels, everything thanks to Specialized, Zipp, SRAM, Quarq, all of our equipment partners. So I don’t think we can complain. I think last week we showed we had the best ream, but we have to just show we are still the best team, but we can also win the race.

About his experience at Paris-Roubaix

I only raced Paris-Roubaix once, so I’m not really experienced. But we have very experienced guys in the team and I can learn from them, follow them, and ask them questions. Whatever I need. So that’s also really important for me.

Niki Terpstra

About his condition

The legs were good, there was a good recovery from Tour of Flanders. Everyone was going fast, so I think that’s important.  All the riders who start here are in good shape. So, that’s a big plus for the upcoming race. Hopefully we have a lot of riders in the final in the end. That would be perfect.

About his performance last year and what he thinks about 2014

Last year I was on the podium. For sure we want to have someone be on the podium again. Hopefully it will be on the highest spot.

About the velodrome

It’s a difficult sprint. I’m used to trying from a 200 meter track and think this one is 400 or 450 meters, that’s twice as long. For the road riders it’s easier, but there’s not a lot of tactics in this sprint. The one who is most fresh in the end will win the sprint.

About the conditions

The corners on the cobblestones are really dry. We really have to pay attention. Don’t go fast in, because your wheels could slip.

MORE NEWS:

VIEW SELECTED

Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10List of CyclingQuotes previews 13.10.2017 @ 13:20Bauer moves to ORICA-SCOTT 28.08.2017 @ 10:45End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21Androni sign Costa Rican super talent 04.01.2017 @ 17:13Lampre leave the peloton 04.01.2017 @ 17:03Nibali to skip the classics 04.01.2017 @ 16:58Kolobnev announces retirement 04.01.2017 @ 15:08Young Dimension Data team targets third consecutive win... 04.01.2017 @ 14:01Vakoc leads Quick-Step at Tour Down Under 04.01.2017 @ 13:58Puncheur course for 2017 Arctic Race of Norway 04.01.2017 @ 13:55Ewan makes it itwo in row at Criterium Championships 04.01.2017 @ 13:53Track world champion wins Australian U23 criterium title 04.01.2017 @ 13:50Orica-Scott target numerous Australian titles 04.01.2017 @ 13:472017 team analysis: Movistar Team 03.01.2017 @ 17:30Wilier-Selle Italia confirm signing of Italian talent 03.01.2017 @ 17:21Novo Nordisk under pressure to secure new sponsorship 03.01.2017 @ 17:15Report: Dumoulin to focus on the Giro 03.01.2017 @ 17:06U23 World Champion forced to turn down Quick-Step 03.01.2017 @ 17:03Ag2r veteran announces retirement 03.01.2017 @ 16:59Thurau finds new team in Kuwait 03.01.2017 @ 16:55

Currently no news in this list

Ivan QUARANTA
43 years | today
Thomas LEBAS
32 years | today
Ken ILEGEMS
39 years | today
Hugo SABIDO
38 years | today
Eugeny BAKHIN
29 years | today

© CyclingQuotes.com 2013