If any ride in 2011 illustrated that cycling is a team sport it was perhaps Johan Vansummeren’s winning performance in Paris-Roubaix. The Garmin rider wasn’t the favourite going into the race, he wasn’t the strongest either, but clever team tactics and timing saw him snatch a thrilling victory.
With another Classics campaign just weeks away Vansummeren has been training with his teammates in Spain but will head to Qatar for the start of his racing season.
In this exclusive video for Cyclingnews, the Paris-Roubaix winner talks about his expectations for the year. Yes. he’s looking forward to it [ed. has to say that] but he also admits that he’s ‘a little scared’ about the prospect of being on the radar in such pressurised races.
The team are without Thor Hushovd this year but the Classics squad remains competitive – Heinrich Haussler is fitter after a year of full racing, Fabian Wegmann has been drafted in for the Ardennes and Sébastien Rosseler joins from RadioShack.
Ramunas Navardauskas, who kept Van Summeren out of the Tour de France team last year, is also expected to race the spring classics.