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Frenchman looking for revenge after bad luck ruined his Paris-Roubaix

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09.04.2013 @ 15:39 Posted by Jesper Johannesen

Sylvain Chavanel is out for revenge after a disappointing Paris-Roubaix in tomorrow's Brabantse Pijl. He spearheads a strong Omega Pharma-Quick Step with multiple options in the traditional warm-up race for the Ardennes classics.


Sylvain Chavanel's chances in Sunday's Paris-Roubaix were destroyed by bad luck as gear problems made it impossible to join the crucial 13-man move which went clear on the Mons-en-Pevele sector. Instead of being a key protagonist, he cruised along in a chasing group behind the battle for the podium position.


However, Chavanel is one of the few cobbles contenders to expand his classics schedule beyond the Hell of the North. He puts down the curtain for the first part of his season in the Amstel Gold Race and this year will be no different.


To prepare for the Dutch race, he will line up in the warm-up race, tomorrow's Brabantse Pijl. With his bad luck in France, there is no doubt that the Frenchman will be eager to get his revenge, and he hopes to repeat his 2008 victory in the event.


"Chavanel, a former winner of the race, will ride after the unlucky Roubaix," sports director Rik Van Slycke said. "If there will be a chance, he will try. The presence of Chavanel will be important for the team morale. We have a solid team here."


Chavanel will be joined by a number of possible options in the race. Dries Devenyns hoped to be one of the team's captains in the Ardennes classics but he was unlucky to break his left radial bone in a crash in the first stage of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco.


Instead, Chavanel will hope to get key assistance from the trio of Jerome Pineau, Kevin De Weert and Pieter Serry. Pineau usually targets the Ardennes classics in the spring, and his condition was promising in the Vuelta al Pais Vasco before he had to abandon due to illness. Kevin De Weert is a strong climber who lacks the explosiveness to be competitive among the best in the hilly classics. And Pieter Serry is a talented rider whose 3rd place in last year's race earned him a contract with the Belgian super team.


"We have a solid team here," Van Slycke says. "Unfortunately, we will miss Dries Devenyns, but the team is ready to do a great performance with riders coming from Pais Vasco, who are really motivated. Riders such as Jerome Pineau, Kevin De Weert, and Pieter Serry will be there, which gives us a solid unit. Our goal will be to be present in the final and try to play the cards we have. I am confident in our guys."


The line-up is completed by Nikolas Maes, Kristof Vandewalle, Martins Velits and Julien Vermote.


Starting tomorrow at 15.00, you can follow the race on Until then, you can prepare by reading our preview here.



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