Could Fernando Gaviria become the first South American to win Paris-Roubaix? The Colombian says he would love to challenge himself on the cobbles in years to come Fernando Gaviria on the podium after winning Stage 2 of the 2016 Tour de San Luis No South American has ever won Paris-Roubaix , but Etixx-Quick Step’s Fernando Gaviria may have designs on being the first.
The Colombian sprinter is embarking on his first full season in the WorldTour , where he can race in the events he grew up watching on television.
While the track World Championships in London this March may mean his cobbled Classics debut will have to wait for another year, Gaviria says he has always had a harboured a desire to race Paris-Roubaix.
“Etixx-Quick Step put a contract on the table after [the 2015] San Luis and I couldn’t say no to this chance, especially as I’m fascinated not only by sprints, but also by the cobbles, and Etixx – Quick-Step is the best team in the world when it comes to these one-day races,” Gaviria wrote on a blog on the Etixx-Quick Step website .
“Paris-Roubaix is my favourite Classic, I watched it on TV on numerous occasions and seeing […]