Paris-Roubaix: Dylan van Baarle triumphs as a soloist in the cobbled classic – Van Aert second

In the chasing group sprint, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) completed the fastest stages and secured second place (+1:47 minutes). There had been speculation about the Belgian champion’s form in the run-up to his corona infection, which is why his team initially named him as an assistant.

Third place went to Swiss Stefan Küng of the Groupama-FDJ team. Fourth place went to van Aert’s compatriot, Tom Devriendt (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux).

Slovenian champion Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious), who was in the leading group for a long time and attacked again after a fault, took fifth place. However, the bravery of the Sanremo winner went unrewarded on Easter Sunday.

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“I couldn’t believe it when I entered the velodrome. I looked the other way, but I was all alone. It’s completely crazy,” van Baarle said in the winner’s interview.

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Paris-Roubaix: Van der Poel and van Aert surprised by the edge of the wind

Due to a bumpy start to the race, in which there was a surprisingly early windy edge situation, in which many favorites fell behind and the 119th edition of the cobbled classic was the fastest ever story. Winner Dylan van Baarle covered the 257.2 kilometers from Compiègne to Roubaix with an average speed of 45.792 km/h.

Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix), van Aert and Kasper Asgreen (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) were also surprised by this windy edge situation after around 47 kilometers. After more than 100 kilometers of catching up, the second group managed to catch up with the peloton again.

“Very dangerous!” Van der Poel is surprised by the edge of the wind

In the end, Van der Poel had to settle for ninth place. He finished 2:34 minutes behind winner van Baarle.

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The best German was John Degenkolb (DSM). The 2015 Roubaix winner reached the velodrome in 18th place this time (+4:47). Nils Politt (Bora-hansgrohe) arrived in Roubaix at the same time in 22nd place.

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The race on the cobblestones was very disappointing for Pascal Ackermann (UAE Team Emirates). The 28-year-old had to abandon the classic on his debut after around 20 kilometers and therefore well before the first cobbled section.

His team colleague Felix Groß also had to leave the race early. After falling on the second section of cobblestones, he was taken to hospital with a suspected broken arm.

Groß’s accident was not the only one on this sunny Easter Sunday in northern France. The 119th edition was marked by numerous falls on the dusty cobblestones. Moreover, there were always flaws.

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Van Baarle has also been affected by this in the meantime. However, he fought back and then made a decisive escape on the last very difficult cobbled section, the Carrefour de l’Arbre.

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Last year’s winner Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) was absent from the ‘Queen of the Classics’ this time around after suffering a serious collapse from heart problems during the Tour of Catalunya in March.

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