Van Avermaet: I'm not good enough to win Paris-Roubaix this year

Breakaway riders Team AG2R Citroens Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium R and Team Lotto Soudals Roger Kluge of Germany during the 6th stage of the 108th edition of the Tour de France cycling race 160 km between Tours and Chateauroux on July 01 2021 Photo by Thomas SAMSON AFP Photo by THOMAS SAMSONAFP via Getty Images
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At Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix, AG2R Citroën line up with one of the strongest leadership duos on paper, as Greg Van Avermaet and Oliver Naesen partner up at the Hell of the North for the first time.

Neither man is among the absolute top favourites for victory in what should be the first wet race in almost two decades, though, with Naesen having suffered from overtraining this year, and Van Avermaet himself admitting that a top 10 would be a good result for him.

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Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

 

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.

 

As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix