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

“At least there are reasons why I should do it. I will ride as hard as I can on Sunday and then we will see where I would end up,” Johan Vansummeren said.

Photo: Sirotti

DAVID MILLAR

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

DYLAN VAN BAARLE

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

EF PRO CYCLING

TEAM PROFILE
|
NEWS

JOHAN VAN SUMMEREN

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

LASSE NORMAN HANSEN

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

PARIS - ROUBAIX

RACE PROFILE
|
NEWS

SEBASTIAN LANGEVELD

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

TYLER FARRAR

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS
11.04.2014 @ 09:00 Posted by Aleksandra Górska

Even though we have informed earlier this week, relying on information spread by the Belgian media, that Johan Vansummeren will not participate in the coming Paris-Roubaix due to weak mental condition following his crash with the elderly spectator in the Ronde van Vlaanderen last Sunday. However, the 33-year old Belgian has been included in the roster announced by Garmin-Sharp as well as participated in the route reconnaissance yesterday, and inspired by a will of victim’s family intends to give it all in the Hell of the North.

 

Vansummeren so far refused to pass more detailed information about the circumstances of the unfortunate accident which saw him colliding with the elderly female spectator last Sunday. However, while the former Paris-Roubaix champion has been briefly hospitalized and released with black eye and cuts and bruises on his face before the race came to its end in Oudenaarde, the 65-year old Marie-Claire still remains in the hospital in critical condition.

 

“For Marie-Claire and for himself,” Vansummeren’s wife Jasmine Vangrieken wrote on Twitter about his final decision to participate in the season’s second cobbled monument.

 

The 33-year old Garmin-Sharp rider returned to training on Monday, only a day after the accident happened, and claimed that it had helped him to keep his mind away from the incident.

 

“It was good for my mind to be somewhere else,” Vansummeren admitted.

 

“It was not an easy day. It was tough mentally and certainly it wasn’t an ideal preparation [for Roubaix]. I try to focus on Sunday and hope that I left all the bad luck behind me.”

 

Even though it has been strongly suggested that consequences of the crash will force Vansummeren out of the Paris-Roubaix, the 33-year old classics specialist eventually decided to participate and claimed to have enjoyed a reconnaissance of pave sections he did on Thursday.

 

“I rode 95 kilometers, to Carrefour de l’Abre. I was a tough workout,” Vansummeren said according to Sporza.be.

 

“I was really happy that I could ride. It was good to get away with my mind while riding the cobbles.”

 

The decision of the former Paris-Roubaix champion to contest the cobbled event next Sunday was encouraged by a will of Marie-Claire’s family recently published by Belgian newspapers.

 

“At least there are reasons why I should do it. I will ride as hard as I can on Sunday and then we will see where I would end up.”

 

On Sunday, Vansummeren will lead the Garmin-Sharp team alongside co-captain Sebastian Langeveld.

 

 

The full Garmin-Sharp roster for Paris-Roubaix consists of:

Jack Bauer, Tyler Farrar, Lasse Norman Hansen, Raymond Kreder, Sebastian Langeveld, David Millar, Dylan van Baarle and Johan Vansummeren

MORE NEWS:

VIEW SELECTED

Three reasons why cycling is one of the best ways to ex... 28.09.2020 @ 12:03Why do businesses use meeting room managers? 14.09.2020 @ 13:42Five things that you can do, if you want to gain more f... 20.08.2020 @ 15:38One for the road 09.06.2020 @ 15:25List of CyclingQuotes previews 07.05.2020 @ 13:20Blue Energy: room for all interests 26.08.2019 @ 12:56Get your daily dose of exercise at home 08.07.2019 @ 10:443 good advice to be able to afford your favorite bike 25.02.2019 @ 12:32Cycle through gorgeous landscapes 22.10.2018 @ 21:41Balance Your Economy and Diet and Start Saving Money 08.10.2018 @ 11:18Stay Safe: 3 Helmets That Can Keep Your Head Protected... 20.07.2018 @ 07:59Planning to bet on Tour De France - Bet types and strat... 24.05.2018 @ 14:18Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10Bauer 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 @ 13:58

Currently no news in this list

Jacob MOE RASMUSSEN
46 years | today
Laura Lorenza MORFIN MACOUZET
39 years | today
Antonio BARAC
24 years | today
Mael GUEGAN
23 years | today
Michael JONES
43 years | today

© CyclingQuotes.com