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Blue-fuchsia-green comments from the cobblestones

Crashes, punctures, mechanical problems: they’re all elements that all the teams partecipating in Paris-Roubaix must face.
Despite the efforts by the riders and the team staff, LAMPRE-MERIDA could not be in the head of the race, obtaining the 50th place by Pozzato and the 80th by Palini.

Terpstra won the race, preceding Degenkolb and Cancellara.

“When you have to face two punctures and in a topic moment another rider hit your derailleur, it’s very difficult to be still competitive, despite any efforts or a aquite good form – Pozzato explained – I was happy because I could exit from the forest in the head positions, but then I had two punctured tyres.

At 40 km to go, when Cancellara attacked, the problem with the derailleur, accidentally hit by an opponents, stopped all my aims. It’s a pity, my legs were good”.

Cimolai was stopped by a puncture at 80 km to go, in the cobblestones sector from Hornaing to Wandignies: “I was doubly unlucky, because I had the puncture in the same moment of Pozzato: in those events, it’s almost impossible to come back to the main group.

So, this accident ended a race that was quite good for me, considering that I was in the head positions after Arenberg”.

Modolo could not exit Arenberg Forest: “I had a puncture and my wheel slided on a stone, so I crashed. I hit my chest on the ground, I felt pain and I could not come back on the bike.

I’m quite angry because I was feeling comfortable on the cobblestones, I had no problem in driving my bike and I think I would have been competitive in my debut in Paris-Roubaix”.


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