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“At least Roubaix, for sure. I had some troubles last week and it took a solid week of extensive therapy to come back from that, which put a bit of stint in the confidence. I should do Roubaix. But I’m not really sure about anyt...

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13.03.2016 @ 13:25 Posted by Joseph Doherty

Despite being fully back to racing, BMC’s Taylor Phinney is not guaranteed to ride all of the Classics, with Paris-Roubaix being his only real certainty.

 

“Game plan for the classics? At least Roubaix, for sure,” Phinney told VeloNews. “For sure, I’d like to do that, but I had some troubles last week in France in Haut Var, and it took a solid week of extensive therapy to come back from that, which put a bit of stint in the confidence going into these races, but I knew it was going to be a struggle anyway. Yes, if all goes well, I should do Roubaix. But I’m not really sure. I’m not really sure about anything.”

 

Phinney would be an invaluable asset to Greg Van Avermaet in the Classics but he says in order to ensure he races there, he has to do a lot of physiotherapy to recover from his horrific leg break in 2014. BMC also hope he can challenge on the opening day’s time trial at the Giro d’Italia, a stage he has won before.

 

“I’m definitely stronger physically [than before], but I suffer on my left side when I get into the last hour of a really difficult European race. I need to strengthen myself leg little more, but I’m capable of racing,” Phinney added.

 

“I’ve done the worlds, that was six hours, but it was a bit of a struggle to get the left leg over. It was a good race and a good showing, but my left side just fatigues more than the right side. That’s the only real test that I’ve had. I’m building to the classics, but I need to keep expectations at a reasonable level.”

 

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