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Watch: Team Sky's Classics squad training for Paris-Roubaix

Jack Elton-Walters
19 Jan 2018

Team Sky are the latest team to post footage and photos from their Classics training

Following on from BMC Racing's trip to the parcours of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, British WorldTour squad Team Sky have visited the secteurs pave of Paris-Roubaix.

Present was Ian Stannard, who came third at the 2016 edition of Roubaix but was a distant 72nd last year.

The Classics specialist will be looking to get back to his best this year, and with teammate Luke Rowe out with injury he should be the team's undisputed leader. 

To be the first British rider to stand on the top step in the Roubaix Velodrome, Stannard will need to see off strong challenges from defending champion Greg Van Avermaet and World Champion Peter Sagan.

Even so, the British rider's performance two years ago shows that he is at the top of Classics riding and a Monument win is well within his capabilities.

Team Sky will be looking to have a solid Classics campaign, not only for the glory itself, but also as a way of bringing some good news to the beleaguered outfit.

Once the Classics are over and the team's focus switched to stage racing and Grand Tours, all attention will be on Chris Froome - particularly if there has not been a resolution to the case surrounding his adverse analytical finding for salbutamol.

What the season holds for Team Sky is yet to be seen, but one way or another it will be a decisive year for the team and the sport.