Result not good enough for Silence-Lotto

Silence-Lotto came up short in Paris-Roubaix, getting fourth and fifth place only. Marc Coucke, the...

Silence-Lotto came up short in Paris-Roubaix, getting fourth and fifth place only. Marc Coucke, the CEO of the team's sponsor company Omega Pharma, was quite disappointed that the team still was unable to come up with a better result and summed up the season so far as weak.

Directeur Sportif Herman Frison said before the race that Sunday was going to be "all or nothing." Nothing turned out to be the answer and Coucke was perplex. "Once again no victory, not even a podium," he said to Sportwereld. There was not much Coucke could complain about in Paris-Roubaix. "Our guys did a fantastic race. Forty kilometres from the finish we could say we are contesting, which hasn't happened this season."

Coucke recalled the moment when Hoste fell and Van Summeren only narrowly avoided his captain with a spectacular power slide. "What I said then is not printable," Coucke added with a smile.

Coucke explained that Paris-Roubaix was the last chance to save the spring season. "That we finished fourth and fifth is fantastic in comparison to the last two months. But really a team like ours can't be happy with that."

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