‘One’ it is the loneliest number, particularly, when you are an American racing Paris-Roubaix.
Among the Americans the ‘Hell of the North’ has never been a big draw, and none of the rider from the U.S. has ever owned it. However, this year Roubaix will see an American to take part in the event. The only one American Tyler Farrar of Dimension Data will take part in the 115th edition of the race, which is considered as hardest in the world.
Farrar said in an interview, “The Paris-Roubaix classics have never been in the priority list of the United States. In any race of this event so far, it has never happened that more than two participants would have competed.”
There was some good year for America in the event, but then also not more than a handful participated in Roubaix. In 115th edition of the race, two racers were to participate the other one is Taylor Phinney, but at Ronde van Vlaanderen, he got injured during a spill and thus, the team will see only one player taking part in the event.
Most of the Americans are focusing on climbing skills and GC, thus, it is being left to Farrar largely to represent in the event marquee of the northern classics over the past few years. Sunday will be the ninth career start of Farrar at Roubaix. The record for the same is held by George Hincapie, he has started Roubaix for 17 times.
Farrar is now 32 and he is the lover of Roubaix classics from the time he came to Europe. And as a one-day racer and promising sprinter, he was taken to the climbs of Flanders cobblestone.
About this Farrar said, “These races are great, they are unique and special. But I am never going to be a climber or a GC rider, this is my psychology.”