Hoste looking for revenge

Back in fighting mood: Leif Hoste (Predictor)

Back in fighting mood: Leif Hoste (Predictor) (Image credit: Sirotti)

Leif Hoste has put his second-place finish in the Ronde van Vlaanderen out of his mind and is concentrating on the upcoming Paris-Roubaix, admitting he thinks of it as a revenge.

"I must leave it behind me," he told Sporza. "I think about that sprint as little as possible. I have spent much of the week on the bike, which helps. And Sunday is another course."

The Predictor-Lotto team rode over the cobblestones of Paris-Roubaix Thursday. "The cobblestones are very dusty," he said. "I would rather ride Paris-Roubaix in the rain. Then there would be fewer crashes."

Last year, Hoste finished the race as second, but was later disqualified for bypassing a closed railroad crossing. "I will never forget that," he said. "I have feelings of revenge. I don't know if that is the correct feeling or not. In Roubaix it depends more on luck than in the Ronde. If I can, I will be number one. That speaks for itself."

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