Despite his good intentions and his efforts, Filippo Pozzato could not obtain more than the 22nd place in Paris-Roubaix.
LAMPRE-MERIDA’s captain tried to do his best, fighting against a lack of energies and also facing a crash at 70 km to go.
He could not be in the head group and he crossed the finish line 2’52″ after Cancellara.
Only another one blue-fuchsia-green cyclist completed the race: Andrea Palini, 89th (+14’38″) at his first participation in Paris-Roubaix.
Pozzato (photo Bettini) is not satisfied: “Things went in a wrong way and so I could not be in the head of the race, I’m not happy.
At -70 km, I got involved in a crash: in Paris-Roubaix, crashes and punctures could happen, so it was not the main reason for my defeat, also considering that the crash happened in a non key moment, but I was forced to spend energies to recover the group.
Then, in the final part of the race, I felt that my legs could not pedal in a powerful way and in this condition you can’t aim to compete for a top result.
I don’t know the reason of these troubles, that were more or less the same I got in Tour of Flandres: I trained in a proper way, I give my best to be ready for these appointments, but I missed them.
I’m even more sorry because I’d really liked to give satisfactions to Mr Mario and Mr Emanuele Galbusera from Lampre, who reached the team in France, and to Merida, that supported the team suppling outstanding bikes”.
1- Cancellara 5h45’33″
2- Vanmarcke s.t.
3- Terpstra 31″
4- Van Avermaet s.t.
22- Pozzato 2’52″
89- Palini 14’38″