Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara are the big name rivals but Filippo Pozzato has often been the bridesmaid at Paris-Roubaix.
He is not having a great season but should not be ruled out. He spoke before the race.
"Vanmarcke who’s going very strongly and I think is one of the big favourites too. And there’s also a rider who I like a lot, the French rider Démare, who I think is the biggest talent out there in the peloton. So for the French there’s a very. very good rider who could do well."
"I hope I’ve found the strength I was missing last week. I’m confident because Paris-Roubaix is a race I like a lot and I finally have the sensations that I want, so I’ll leave it all out there because it’s the last race I have before the break before the Giro and I want to do well."
"I think there are some good young riders coming up, even if I think it will be the same names up there fighting it out for victory."
Can you improve in the space of a week?
"I think it’s possible, and since I’ve gone home I’ve analysed the race a bit to see what might have gone wrong in the build-up because I know that I worked really, really hard."
"I have an incredible foundation of work done but I missed a little bit to stay out in front and fight for the race. Maybe I made a bit of a mistake in not racing as much in the month before Tirreno and Roma Maxima because with a physique like mine, you need to work a lot on race rhythm. Maybe last Sunday was good for me mentally and by hanging on in there, it might give me a little something extra to be in front, we’ll see. I’m confident, a lot more confident than last week when I had a few doubts. But we’ll see how it goes."