April 11, 2011 – We caught up with Canada’s Michael Barry (Can) Sky Procycling after the grueling Paris-Roubaix in which he placed 102nd after being caught in one of many crashes. The race was won by Garmin-Cervelo’s Johan Van Summeren (Bel). Read on for his impressions from inside the peloton at the Hell of the North.
Congrats on completing the Hell of the North.
Michael Barry: Thank you.
How was the race?
MB: As it was warm and there was very little wind, it took the breakaway roughly 90km to forge a gap, so the peloton never really settled before we hit the first section of pave. As a result, the race was fast from start to finish and there were few good moments to drop back to the car for bottles or stop for a pee.
I was called up at the last minute to replace Edvald [Boasson Hagen], who crashed on Wednesday. I was first reserve, as I had missed a chunk of racing earlier in the year due to illness. Overall, I was pleased with my condition and was able to do my job well for the team. Sadly, I crashed heavily at a bad moment which took me out of the action at the front of the race. The team rode well, our leaders were there in the finale and they gave a good run at the podium.
How do you rate it from previous editions of Paris-Roubaix?
MB: It was drier, warmer and faster than any I have done before.
Did the race unfold as expected?
MB: More or less. Although you never hope for or expect so many crashes. Five out of the eight guys on the team crashed and the peloton was also decimated by crashes.
What’s on tap for you next?
MB: The Tour of Romandie and the Giro and then I have the month of June to recover and train. Like last year I will likely attend a few team camps in June.
Thank you for sharing your experiences and good luck with your upcoming races.