Trek-Segafredo Talk Paris-Roubaix

The chat from the Trek-Segafredo press conference ahead of Sunday’s 115th edition of Paris-Roubaix

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Trek-Segafredo Talk Paris-Roubaix

Earlier today, Trek-Segafredo and John Degenkolb held a press conference ahead of next Sunday’s 115th edition of Paris-Roubaix. Please find below the main takeaways.

John Degenkolb

About the recon: “It felt good to be back on the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix, after all that is a very special place for me. I think it’s my favorite race and it’s something unique to have the possibility to race there. I have won there already once and it gives a great feeling to come back there and to do all the cobble sectors, especially after last year when I missed out on this race, which was obviously a big disappointment. So now, to be back there definitely gave me a lot of positive vibes.”

The race: “It’s definitely one of the hardest and toughest race of the year and that’s also what makes this race so special, that’s why I like it so much. You need to be a real tough guy to survive until the finish line and there is so much history behind it and all that together makes it a very fascinating race for me.”

“My shape is good, I am ready to do a good race, but to do a good race, everything has to be a 100%, everything has to be perfect. I remember that 2 years ago everything just went perfect and everything worked out to my advantage. I hope of course that it will be the same this Sunday. Roubaix is also a race where you can “push the luck”.

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“You will have to fight for it, you will have ups and downs, you might have a mechanical because the roads are so rough and then you need to change bikes as quickly as possible and chase back and even then … everything is still possible. Back in 2014 I finished 2nd on my spare bike, after breaking my first bike, so that proves that it really is a lot about keeping your fighting spirit, following your instincts, chasing your dreams and just going for it!”

“As a team, we have the ambition to be successful and to make a good result. If we look back on the past races, we were always there in the decisive situations but the final result is missing until now. I’ve been 7th in both Monuments now (Milano-Sanremo, Tour of Flanders), I’ve been 5th in Ghent-Wevelgem, I almost hit the top-10 in Harelbeke so it’s not that I am super far away. I think I did my homework this winter and I have all what it takes to be successful but now all has to come together on Sunday.”

“It would be nice to do a great race as a team, because I have super strong riders with me here. They are all very good for this race, they are the right type of rider to ride on the cobbles and to make an offensive race, to be always alert for the breakaways. Basically, that is how we did it in Flanders as well, where it was good to have Jasper in the break. He plays a very important role, he is one of the key factors to be successful.”



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