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Wauters' final day in Hell

"My dream has always been to win that race. For once, I won't think about the risks on Sunday." said Marc Wauters when he was queried about his plans for Paris-Roubaix by HLN. In his last season as a pro in the peloton, Marc Wauters admits he's become more careful, that fear even gets the better of him nowadays. "I've gotten scared. I don't participate in the wriggling and pushing any more. In Tirreno I rather did an extra bit in the wind, than to get to the front via the belly of the peloton. In the Three Days of De Panne I kept a low profile too."

But his 4th placing in 2003 is something Marc Wauters wants to improve on. "In the RVV I succeeded in positioning myself well again. I can still do it and I will do it. Sunday in Paris-Roubaix. I've been training for this for so many months. I won't be thinking about the risks. All the training work would be superfluous if I went for the brakes too quickly.

"I know how to ride across the cobbles and I don't have to get over any hills. So I can ride my tempo and don't have to make those short sprints uphill. The chance of me winning is going to be small of course. The way Boonen and Hincapie are riding at the moment, I don't see myself as a real favourite. You won't hear me say that I will beat Tom Boonen on that track. Or that I will ride away from Tom Boonen on the cobbles. But if I can be spared from bad luck; I might get far. And then, you never know what can happen after 260km."

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