2011 Paris - Roubaix HTC-Highroad Squad Announced
Sports Director Alan Peiper on his men Bernhard Eisel, Matthew Goss and Roubaix
debutante Mark Cavendish and the teams chance for victory...
Team HTC ready to seek more Classic Success
With their confidence boosted this season by victories in Milan-San Remo
and Scheldeprijs, HTC-Highroad's Classics riders are aiming to leave their mark
again at Paris-Roubaix this Sunday.
"We've got three outsiders for this race: Mark Cavendish, Bernie Eisel and
Matt Goss, but we've seen so far this year that the outside favorites have been
doing really well," comments HTC-Highroad sports director Allan Peiper.
"Matt wasn't a favorite at Milan-San Remo and he won it, and in the
Flanders last week two outsiders came first and second, so who knows if that
couldn't happen again on Sunday?"
"I think most teams realize they can't wait for too long because they won't
have such a big chance, which means they want an open race."
"The weather is going to be warm and dry, so Paris-Roubaix will be a fast
course. And then they've added in a new cobbled section after the tough one
through Arenberg Forest which will make it much harder for the bunch to
"My feeling is it'll be anything but predictable."
The winner in the Scheldeprijs on Wednesday, Mark Cavendish will be making his
debut on Sunday in Paris-Roubaix.
"He had a good ride in Flanders, and after winning yesterday he's obviously
in good shape. He'll be looking after Bernie Eisel as best he can, but he ticks
a lot of boxes to make a good Roubaix rider in his own right, too."
HTC-Highroad for Paris-Roubaix:
Lars Bak (Den)
Matthew Brammeier (Ire)
Mark Cavendish (GB)
John Degenkolb (Ger)
Bernhard Eisel (Aut)
Matthew Goss (Aus)
Alex Rasmussen (Den)
Gatis Smukulis (Lat).
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