'Why should I lose my confidence in three months?' — Patrick Lefevere bullish on Quick-Step's chances ahead of Paris-Roubaix

Belgian super team have struggled in the Classics this year, but are looking to bounce back on Sunday

Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl
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Since 2003, Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl have only finished outside the top-seven at Paris-Roubaix once. That freak result in 2011 aside, the Belgian super team have dominated The Hell of the North in the past two decades, winning six times, finishing runners-up four times, and coming third once.

However, 2022 feels different. The crown has slipped from the team's head, as other squads have looked better and have been more successful in the Spring Classics. Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the E3 Saxo Bank Classic are the only WorldTour cobbled Classics where the team has finished in the top ten this season, and that was in ninth and tenth respectively.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.