Belgium still chasing first Classics victory of 2019

Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale)

On the eve of Paris-Roubaix , the often-spoiled Belgian fans are still awaiting the first Belgian victory of the spring Classics season. That's quite remarkable, seeing as how many riders are often regarded as favourites. There's Greg Van Avermaet ( CCC ), Deceuninck-QuickStep 's Philippe Gilbert and his teammate and current Belgian road race champion Yves Lampaert , among others. As the riders are part of international teams, they're not as focused on the nationality of the winners, but their fans on home soil will think differently about that. During the teams presentation for Paris-Roubaix on Saturday afternoon in Compiègne, France, several Belgian riders expressed their hopes of taking victory at 'The Hell of the North'. Last year's Belgian road race champion Oliver Naesen was well aware of the expectation on him and his compatriots. "Sorry, Belgium, but it's not that easy, of course," he said. "I will try. I ...

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