One day after: Quotes of the 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Apr 10 2017 11:23 pm CET

One day after: Quotes of the 2017 Paris-Roubaix
One day after: Quotes of the 2017 Paris-Roubaix


The fastest edition of Paris-Roubaix, won by BMC Racing Team's Greg Van Avermaet, left many reactions among its participants. We have gathered some of the most important.

- "It’s disappointing to finish runner-up, but on the bright side I can be happy with the way I rode and with giving everything today. At one point I had cramps and thought my race was over, but I remained focused and made it to the velodrome. Ok, maybe I could have waited 50 meters more before opening my sprint, but Roubaix is always a bit of a gamble. It’s a pity I couldn’t get my first Monument victory, but this is just my fifth full road season and I’m confident there will be other opportunities." Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors)

- "It’s a special sprint. I’m not a track rider. A couple years ago, I came into the velodrome for second place, and it was special then. Now too. Greg Van Avermaet is the Olympic champion and a really fast guy. Stybar is always really, really good and he was sitting on for a couple kilometers. Third place was my spot today, and I’m very, very happy. Don’t forget that I’ve never won a monument. I won Het Nieuwsblad, but…. I was seventh, eighth in Roubaix. A podium for me is a really high, really top result." Sebastian Langeveld (Cannondale-Drapac)

- "I enjoyed today; I really like this race. It was very dusty, but the conditions didn't bother me. I am happy with the fourth, happy to finish the classics season with a good result. The last weeks have not been so great, disappointing for me and the team. It does not save my Classics season, but it was a nice reward. For the future, my goal has not changed: I want to try and win this race once." Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo)

- "Last few weeks have been a roller coaster of emotions, but I’m telling you that I wouldn’t have imagined such incredible moments this morning. These fans are fantastic and I want to thank them for being by my side in the past 15 years. To be honest, I wasn’t thinking of my retirement today, I was all in for the victory. It was only at the 5km-to-go mark that I began thinking these are the last kilometers of my career." Tom Boonen (Quick-Step Floors)

- "What a race. What a fight. What a day. Today was except the sunshine and nice temperatures a real Sunday in hell. Attacks, counterattacks, attacks, full gas all day long. And that we have three riders in the top ten shows the strength of our team. For me the tenth place is another constant result in the classics - although I'm not complete happy it's good to be back. Time to take a rest now and luckily I have my own shower here. I really enjoyed this one today." John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo)

- "I am proud of this seventh place. I had a puncture with thirty kilometres to go, but I could make my way back to the chasing group. I had a different preparation on these Classics to set the best possible result and that turned out to be successful. Sprinting after 257 kilometres, of which 55 kilometres on cobbles, is different than sprinting after a stage of 200 kilometres. We can be satisfied with the team’s performance today. We were with five riders in the chasing group of about 35 riders. When Jürgen was riding in the front group, it was perfect for us. I hope to come back to this race with the same ambition and then we’ll see where I can end up." Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal)

- "It was a very tough and very fast Paris-Roubaix. My teammates did a great job all day long, but I suffered from punctures at critical moments when I was in a good position in the front of the race, attacking. As I said before, in order to win Paris-Roubaix you need more than good form and legs. However, that’s part of cycling and we will try next year." Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)
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