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Before Paris Roubaix – Kong is confident despite the fall – Pavis is “bad” – Sport

Before Paris Roubaix – Kong is confident despite the fall – Pavis is “bad” – Sport

Before Paris Roubaix – Kong is confident despite the fall – Pavis is “bad” – Sports – SRF


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The Swiss feel ready for Sunday's Paris-Roubaix classic. The circumstances are worrying.

Stefan Kung's preparations for this year's third memorial were not ideal. After his fall at the Tour of Flanders, he still felt his affected left knee “a little bit” in the last few days and had to adjust his training, the Thurgau native said. However, this will have no impact on Sunday's race: “I don't feel any additional discomfort while driving.”

Driving like black ice

Kong made the comments after reviewing the early parts of Sunday's race with his Groupama-FDJ teammates. However, the exploration left the 30-year-old with mixed feelings. The condition of the cobblestones is “very bad. Everything is very wet and muddy.”

Driving on sidewalks in such conditions is like driving on black ice. Kong hopes no more rain will fall until Sunday if possible. “Otherwise it would be really messy.”

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Küng's race plan is to stay calm in the event of an early glitch and not fight for every position from the start. “Ultimately my goal is to be as far ahead as possible at the Vélodrome in Roubaix – not at the start of any paved sector.”

Harassment reduces risk

Kong describes the newly created turn in front of the Arenberg Forest as essentially a good measure. “So don't enter the sector at 60 km/h. Often, all you can do is pray and hope that the tire sticks to the front wheel. If you get a flat tire in the front, you simply don't stand a chance.”


SRF Info, SportLive, March 31, 2024, 2:00pm;

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