The last remnants of mud have been brushed away. Time for Michel Wuyts to give his analysis of a heroic Paris-Roubaix. Winner Sonny Colbrelli and revelation Florian Vermeersch are praised by the commentator, who saw a new face emerge for Lotto Soudal. “What Vermeersch did, few of his age have ever done.”

Michel Wuyts will not soon forget his last Paris-Roubaix for Sporza. “It was the first time in my career as a commentator that the race was already in a definite fold 15 kilometers before Arenberg,” he says.

“Everyone anticipated the infernal circumstances, as a result of which the fat was already gone for three quarters of the peloton there. Whether it was all justified? I understand the urge for heroism, but it was a bit too late. I would read the medical bulletin. would like to see.”

Young sky stormer Florian Vermeersch

“We actually saw a mix of two common patterns. On the one hand, toppers who came from the back and freebooters from the early flight. When that comes together in a final… (blows)”

What Vermeersch did on the way, I have seen few of his age do.

Michel Wuyts

“Florian Vermeersch came out astonishingly. The initiative that he continued to take, I find the most striking. Especially what he did on the road. When they were still with a large group, he and Tosh Van der Sande were the driving force behind Afterwards, he goes along in the cadence of 2 stars: Mathieu van der Poel and Sonny Colbrelli.”

I’ve never seen someone of that age do that too often. Agreed, you can name at least 5 moments where Vermeersch could have done things differently. But I don’t see anything wrong with a young rider throwing himself into his self-discovery.”

A new pawn next to Wout van Aert

“He’s a very intelligent guy, but that doesn’t always mean you are intuitively course intelligent. He was, with a staggering dose of power and ability for that age. I see him to walk the spring path, where we could use a pawn next to Van Aert.”

“I hope this is the man who will fill in a gap at Lotto-Soudal. It has once again become apparent that the story is gradually coming to an end for Philippe Gilbert. Then you need a young sky stormer like Vermeersch. He has presented himself as a candidate leader . What else do you have to show?”

The fact that Vermeersch also has a window on the world will sometimes allow him to recharge his batteries and to refuel.

Michel Wuyts

“What I also like is that, in addition to the race, he also has the window to the world
(Vermeersch is a municipal councilor and studies history, ed.). That will allow him to sometimes recharge his batteries and refuel. Such guys also recover faster from mental thumps.”

Colbrelli à la Tchmil

Such as the sacrifice of the last 100 meters in Roubaix, when only Sonny Colbrelli proved even stronger. Wuyts praises the Italian winner.

“I have rarely seen such a discharge. That was a hyperdelirium. I found it touching. Colbrelli is the most sympathetic rider I have seen in the past 10 years. You notice that in the podium presentations. Sonny always goes along with pleasant questions and tries to answer with humor.”

“Yesterday he drove according to Andrei Tchmil’s creed. If you feel good, drive like you’re having a bad day. Go into saving mode as much as possible, so. He only took over when someone started to get annoyed. That’s the smartest Italian style – it’s part of the race, I don’t blame him.”

Colbrelli has worked on himself and that resulted in a mighty autumn.

Michel Wuyts

“For me, Colbrelli is not only the man of the autumn, but also of the summer. It starts in the Dauphiné, where with some luck he could have won 3 stages. In the Tour he was 3rd in Tignes in the second Alpine stage. Saint-Gaudens, he was then 2nd with a European title and Roubaix followed a mighty autumn.”

“You know, Colbrelli was actually a bit too heavy. He understood that and together with the team he hired a dietician. With results.”

Intersecting form level at Van Aert and Van der Poel

“Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel crossed each other in Paris-Roubaix when it comes to form. On the one hand, Van der Poel is still a week too short to be optimally on point, on the other hand, he was a little too greedy in his efforts. Wout van Aert was at his best in the Tour of Britain during his third peak of the season, after which he sank a bit.”

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