Team BikeExchange return to Paris-Roubaix with a mixture of youth and experience in their ranks for the penultimate Monument of the season.
The squad will be led by Luke Durbridge, in his seventh edition of the ‘Hell of the North’, and New Zealander Jack Bauer, who will tackle his eighth Roubaix on Sunday.
Dane Chris Juul-Jensen and Kiwi Sam Bewley add further experience to the team line-up, with Rob Stannard set to get his second taste of the French Monument. Rounding out the roster will be debutants Alexander Konychev and Barnabás Peák.
The 257km classic needs little introduction, with the peloton set to tackle 31 brutal cobbled sectors before reaching the famous velodrome in Roubaix.
Team BikeExchange at Paris-Roubaix :
Jack Bauer (NZL)
Sam Bewley (NZL)
Luke Durbridge (AUS)
Chris Juul-Jensen (DEN)
Alexander Konychev (ITA)
Barnabás Peák (HUN)
Robert Stannard (AUS)
“Paris-Roubaix is always an exciting race for me. It’s going to be my seventh time and I want to give it my best shot this year. I haven’t done Roubaix since 2018 and I am happy we are back here. Everybody knows the race is really unpredictable, anything can happen, and you always need to be focused.
We have a strong line-up, with a good combination of experienced riders and younger ones, who can hopefully learn for the future. Our aim is to be part of the game at any time. We have been working hard all year long, but we can’t hide it has been a tough season for us so far.
The aim is to keep pushing and giving our best, we will do the same this weekend and look to turn things around and bring home a strong result for the team.”
Mathew Hayman (Sport Director):
“Looking forward to this year’s Paris-Roubaix, we line-up with Luke Durbridge as our ‘leader’ together with Jack Bauer. Both of them have had good performances in the last few weeks in Luxemburg, Benelux and Frankfurt.
We are confident we can be competitive here. The weather of course is always unpredictable, and the recon will be really important for the likes of Barnabás Peák and Alexander Konychev who will make their debuts this weekend.
Nobody has raced here since 2019, so it will be good to have a mix of experienced riders who can also lead the younger guys. We will look to animate the race as much as possible, it’s always a hard race and any moment can be important. We will need to be focused and ready to be aggressive.”
2021 Paris-Roubaix – Race Details:
Sunday, 3rd October: Compiegne – Roubaix, 257km
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