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After winning the Circuit Het Nieuwsblad, the GP E3 and Gent-Wevelgem, Greg Van Avermaet only had to claim a monument to cap off a great Spring classic campaign. He overcame a mechanical with just over 100km to go to make his way to the great success that was missing in his career, beating Zdenek Stybar and Sebastian Langeveld in a sprint finish. Tom Boonen concluded his last ever race in thirteenth position after fighting in a duel-like event with Peter Sagan who was hampered bad luck at...

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“At the beginning of my career, I came to the velodrome of Roubaix and I thought it would be impossible for me to win here but ten years later, I've done it. I've worked a lot for that. Every year, I've improved my cycling and finally I've won it. I remained calm and I had a good team on my side at the right time when I had a mechanical. I came across to the best riders without losing too much energy. Daniel Oss did a really good race. It's been a good day for us as a team. I did...

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“It's disappointing to finish second. But we did everything for Tom [Boonen]. The whole team was supporting him, with all of our heart. I eventually found myself in a situation to win the race. It was not easy to switch role because I had had to work a lot very early in the race. Towards the end, I could sit in the wheels but in Paris-Roubaix, it's not like sitting in a sofa. Certain moments, I was thinking of waiting for him to pull him back. Only with four kilometers to go, I mentalized...

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“I knew that in a men against men sprint, it was almost impossible for me to win against these two riders [Van Avermaet and Stybar]. But my sport director Andreas Klier said I was on a really good day and I should believe in myself. I can't remember where but I had a flat tyre that almost took me out of the race. But as I came back, I saw a lot of tired people so I attacked to go before the favorites. I got very good people with me at the front. I probably have a lack of confidence after...

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