Zdenek Sybar (Deceunick-QuickStep) says that he has fully recovered from the illness that hampered him at last week’s Tour of Flanders. However, he says that he will not know if it will impact him at Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix until he gets into the race.
Stybar was not the only rider that felt sick last week, with Philippe Gilbert also coming down with a virus. Stybar believes he may have caught the illness from his teammate after the riders roomed together over the weekend of the E3 BinckBank Classic and Gent-Wevelgem. He says that he has been able to train as he would normally this week and is hoping it all holds together for the weekend.
“Now, if I’m sitting doing nothing then I feel fine, but it’s more about maximum intensity when you go really deep then you feel how the body is,” Stybar said. “It’s a question I don’t know. It can also work the other way, that Flanders pushed me a little bit harder into condition. I didn’t go too deep because I didn’t do the final, so I had to train extra hard this week because I didn’t do the final of Flanders. I hope that it works out.”
Stybar was one of the favourites going into the Tour of Flanders last Sunday after winning Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and E3 BinckBank. However, he had nothing in the tank when the race was put under pressure and was eventually dropped on the Kruisberg, finishing 2:20 down on the winner Alberto Bettiol.
“It was frustrating because I had the feeling that I had the chance to win Flanders. The shape was there but for a race like this of nearly 280 kilometres, with the neutral start, everything has to be perfect. If it is not, then you don’t have any chance,” said Stybar.
“I was hoping that I had just eaten something bad and that it would disappear because on Friday and I still did OK. I felt completely out of power, but I thought I don’t want to pay too much attention to it because maybe it was just a bad day because of the influence of the stomach. I just wanted to forget about it.
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