Van Avermaet: I wasn’t awake at critical moment in Paris-Roubaix

Greg Van Avermaet chasing the elite lead group

A disconsolate Greg Van Avermaet ( CCC Team ) admitted that he was out of position when the winning group formed in Paris-Roubaix . The 2017 winner was left behind in a group of frustrated rivals and would eventually claim 12th place in the Roubaix velodrome, 47 seconds after Philippe Gilbert (Quickstep) had won his first Paris-Roubaix title . “I’m disappointed because probably with these legs I could have been better. That’s just how it is,” Van Avermaet told Cyclingnews at the finish line. CCC Team put their leader in contention ahead of the first sector of cobbles, and even threw men into the first break of the day with Kamil Gradek and Michael Schär forming part of a large group that hit the first stones almost a minute clear of the main field. By the time the remnants of the field hit sector 12 at Auchy, Van Avermaet still ...

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