Luke Rowe (Team Sky) was once again left cursing his luck after a second mechanical in the space of two weeks scuppered his chances of a top-10 in a Monument.
In last week’s Tour of Flanders, Rowe was forced to change bikes just before a key climb, and in Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix the Welshman was left behind by a group competing for the top-10 when he encountered a problem with his chain just before the key sector of cobbles at Carrefour de l’Arbre.
Rowe would eventually cross the line in 32nd place, well down on winner Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-QuickStep).
Rowe’s performance epitomized Team Sky‘s lackluster spring on the cobbles, with moments of promise – such as when Rowe attacked with around 80km to go – but ultimate disappointment. Dylan Van Baarle was the team’s best-placed finisher in Paris-Roubaix with 21st.
“Dylan and I were in the front most of the day and time after time we put ourselves in the right position entering each cobbled section. We rode well together but it’s another shit and frustrating moment. Before Carrefour de l’Arbre I dropped my chain and had to fix it and then I was gone,” Rowe told Cyclingnews outside the Team Sky bus on Sunday.
“It was another gutting day because I would have been there or thereabouts and racing behind the guys in front but I had to stop and see 30 guys ride away from me. It’s just frustrating. Shit day.”
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