Dutch squad Jumbo-Visma have been one of the teams of the spring Classics so far, with Wout van Aert, Christophe Laporte, and Tiesj Benoot playing starring roles in race after race since the Opening Weekend.
Two of the trio will line up for Paris-Roubaix on Sunday as Van Aert makes his comeback from a COVID-19 infection and Laporte returns to the race he finished sixth at last year.
Dutch fastman Mike Teunissen and Belgian Nathan Van Hooydonck also make up what looks like one of the strongest teams set to start in Compiègne – should Van Aert be in good form.
Star man Van Aert didn’t make the team’s recon ride of the final 100km of the Paris-Roubaix course on Thursday, though Laporte was present and gave his perspective on the Belgian champion’s shape ahead of the Queen of the Classics.
"I will see Wout tomorrow," Laporte told Cyclingnews . "I think if he does the race then he is well. I think that he did some good training also and we’ll on Sunday how he feels. I think he feels he can be very good on Sunday.
"It was a good spring for me, and for the team also. The last one comes on Sunday, and we want to finish this part of the season well. We have a very good team here and I think we can do a nice race in Roubaix."
Laporte’s sixth place last autumn was his best in six appearances at the race, the Frenchman riding well in dire […]