Lampaert: I think I was the strongest rider at Paris-Roubaix

ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 03 Yves Lampaert of Belgium and Team Deceuninck QuickStep and Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo Visma cross the finishing line in the Roubaix Velodrome Vlodrome Andr Ptrieux during the 118th ParisRoubaix 2021 Mens Eilte a 2577km race from Compigne to Roubaix ParisRoubaix on October 03 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Yves Lampaerts wins the mini sprint for fifth at Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Amid the thick mud that had caked his face by the finish of a gruelling Paris-Roubaix, Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) was left with a distinct taste of regret. 

The Belgian rider had one of his best days on a bike, but had to expend too many of his resources fighting fires, which included three flat tyres.

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