Politt: I'll give it everything I have at Paris-Roubaix

Politt finished seventh at the race last year, leading home the second of the chasing groups behind Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), but the 25-year-old German has brushed off the expectations.

With Katusha-Alpecin having been struggling for results since the start of the season – with just one win, courtesy of Marcel Kittel at the Challenge Mallorca in February – Politt has been a shining light for the Swiss-registered team.

His spring didn't start well with a disqualification for riding on the dirt track next to the road at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, but second in the Paris-Nice time trial in March was a good sign of form for Politt.

"I've already shown at the E3 and at Flanders that I can fight for the win or a podium, which is a big step forward since last year, and a really nice feeling," explained Politt.

There might only be three British riders set to ride Paris-Roubaix this Sunday, but you'd be mistaken for thinking the French race was happening in Britain, given all the talk about the weather over the last few days.

Politt believes that the wind factor is likely to lead to a bigger group than normal making it to the finish line at the velodrome in Roubaix on Sunday afternoon.

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