Chavanel rode with class last weekend. He played the team card he was dealt – essentially, work for Boonen. It allowed him to sit on the tail end of the mighty C-Store, declining nearly every invitation to share in the work. If not for the late arrival of a fresh-legged Nick Nuyens, the man known as Mimosa could have taken a monument.
As they say, there is always the next race to focus on.
French hopes for a Paris-Roubaix win on home soil rest firmly on the shoulders of Sylvian Chavanel (Quick Step). The 31-year-old rider is in the form of his life, but it has yet to bring him a win in any of this year’s cycling Monuments. After falling just short of the win in the Tour of Flanders last Sunday, Chavanel hopes to bounce back with a victory in Paris-Roubaix.
“I’m still regretting my loss in the sprint (in Flanders), but if I can win on Sunday, that will make up for it,” said Chavanel.
I expect Sylvian Chavanel to feature prominently in Roubaix tomorrow. The man is due.by