The winner of the Monument No. 118 in Paris – Roubaix on Sunday is Italian Sonny Colbrelli of Bahrain victorious.
Belgian winner Florian Vermeersch (Loto Soudal) moved to second, while Dutchman Matteo van der Poel (Alpecin) finished third. Slovakia representative Peter Sagan After falling 136 kilometers before the finish line, he lost the opportunity to take center stage, did not fight for victory and finished 56th at the end with a loss of more than 12 minutes.
This year’s “Hell of the North” happened after a two-and-a-half-year hiatus in an unorthodox period in October. The situation on the 257.7 km track with 30 gravel sections was very complicated by the rainy weather. This caused a number of falls, which were paid for by three-time world champion P. Sagan.
There was great interest in the Escape, at first it was formed into a three-member formation, and finally it was joined by up to 30 cyclists. Almost all the strong teams were represented in it, but his progress was not good. It did not exceed two and a half minutes. There were only 70 passengers in the main package 140 km before the end.
Peter Sagan, who ran the last race in a BORA hansgrohe jersey, was very unlucky in it. Immediately before him, the opponent fell on the water and “taken” the winner of 2018 with him.
In the last kilometers the rain stopped, but on the wet parts peacocks were still falling. Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin) had a technical problem, but he was in great shape. About 53 kilometers before the strip, Italian Gianni Moscone scattered from Inios for a solo escape. Van der Poel moved in with a group that also included Sonny Colbrelli (victor of Bahrain) and Guillaume Boivin (the emerging nation of Israel). She lost to Moscona 37 km before the finish line about a minute and a half. Thirty kilometers before the commander’s goal, the rear wheel malfunction slowed down.
The group of persecutors, which also included Florian Vermeersch (Loto Soudal), and Tom van Asbruck (the emerging state of Israel) began to cooperate at least a little, and Tallian’s advance gradually waned. In addition, Moscone fell a few kilometers and was overtaken by the pursuers, despite his tireless efforts on the goal 16 km before the end.
Canada’s Boivin had already fallen and lost his chance, Moscon also pulled out, so he decided between the last three. It came together for the final ring and Colbrelli was looking forward to the tactical boom, debuting in the prestigious Classics.
“I am very happy, it was very difficult. I was attacked 90 kilometers before the end, and the track was very difficult. I went here for the first time and succeeded straight away, which is unbelievable. I was a little scared on a spurt, but fortunately I managed to that , “ He told Eurosport winner, who replaced Belgian Philippe Gilbert on the throne of the famous classic champion.
Paris – Rubix 2021:
1. Sonny Colbrelli (Tal. / Bahrain Victorious) 6:01:57 h.
2 – Florian Vermeersch (plug. / Lotto Soudal).
3. Matthew van der Poel (Hol./ Alpecin-Fenix) – Both at the same time winner,
4. Gianni Moscone (Tal./Ineos Grenadiers) +44 seconds,
5. Yves Lambert (Belg./Deceuninck-QuickStep),
6. Christophe Laporte (Father / Cofidis),
7 – Wute Van Aert (Belgian / Jumbo – Visma).
8 – Tom Van Esbroek (Belgium / Israeli Startup Country),
9. Guillaume Boivin (Kan. / Israel Start-up Nation),
10. Heinrich Heusler (Ras Al Khaimah / Bahrain) All +1: 16 minutes,
56. Peter SAGAN (BORA-hansgrohe) +12: 24
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