Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

April 11, 2016

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In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Mat Hayman surprises to win Paris-Roubaix from the breakaway; Alberto Contador wins the Tour of the Basque Country; Ellen van Dijk wins the Energiewacht Tour; Kristin Armstrong wins the Redlands Classic; Elia Viviani hospitalised after being hit by a race moto at Paris-Roubaix; Philippe Gilbert suffers broken thumb in training altercation; Whistleblower accuses UK Anti-Doping Agency of ‘catastrophic failure’; The best victory salute in years?; Peter Sagan’s ridiculous reflexes; Fabian Cancellara’s inglorious end at Paris-Roubaix.

Mat Hayman surprises to win Paris-Roubaix from the breakaway

by Neal Rogers

Surprising the pre-race favorites, Mathew Hayman (Orica-GreenEdge) became the second Australian to win Paris-Roubaix on Sunday, taking out the French Monument in a five-up sprint.

Hayman, a former track rider, lead out the sprint in the Roubaix velodrome and was able to hold off Tom Boonen (Etixx-QuickStep), Ian Stannard (Sky), Sep Vanmarcke (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) to take the biggest win of his career.

Ten days short of his 38th birthday, Hayman rode in the day’s main breakaway, a 16-strong group which took 75km to form after a fast and aggressive start. An elite chase group bridged to the remnants of that breakaway with roughly 63km to go as the frenetic pace and the tough cobblestone sectors served to whittle down the field.

The decisive split came some 20km from the finish when Stannard came to the front on the Camphin-en-Pevele sector of cobbles, with only Boonen, Vamarcke, Hayman and Boasson Hagen able to follow. Hayman was dropped on the following sector of cobbles – the five-star Carrefour de l’Arbre – when Stannard cut him off on a corner, but the Australian battled on and rejoined the lead with 14.5km to go.

The final kilometres played host to a barrage of attacks, but when the race hit the Roubaix Velodrome, Boonen led them in, followed by Hayman and Vanmarcke. Boasson Hagen and Stannard rejoined in the final lap before the quintet contested the final sprint.

1. au
HAYMAN Mathew
Orica GreenEDGE
05:51:53
2. be
BOONEN Tom
Etixx - Quick Step
-
3. gb
STANNARD Ian
Team Sky
-
4. be
VANMARCKE Sep
Team LottoNL - Jumbo
-
5. no
BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
Dimension Data
0:03
6. au
HAUSSLER Heinrich
IAM Cycling
1:00
7. de
SIEBERG Marcel
Lotto Soudal
-
8. lv
SARAMOTINS Aleksejs
IAM Cycling
-
9. es
ERVITI Imanol
Movistar Team
1:07
10. fr
PETIT Adrien
Direct Energie
2:20
11. sk
SAGAN Peter
Tinkoff
-
12. be
WYNANTS Maarten
Team LottoNL - Jumbo
-
13. be
NAESEN Oliver
IAM Cycling
-
14. gb
ROWE Luke
Team Sky
-
15. nl
SINKELDAM Ramon
Team Giant - Alpecin
-
16. nl
VAN BAARLE Dylan
Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
-
17. be
DE BACKER Bert
Team Giant - Alpecin
-
18. au
DURBRIDGE Luke
Orica GreenEDGE
4:40
19. de
BURGHARDT Marcus
BMC Racing Team
5:48
20. fr
LAPORTE Christophe
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
6:18
21. be
VAN HOECKE Gijs
Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
-
22. be
BACKAERT Frederik
Wanty - Groupe Gobert
-
23. nl
DE KORT Koen
Team Giant - Alpecin
-
24. au
DEMPSTER Zakkari
Bora-Argon 18
-
25. be
VAN ASBROECK Tom
Team LottoNL - Jumbo
-

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Today’s feature image shows Mat Hayman on the Paris-Roubaix podium as four-time winner and 2016 runner-up Tom Boonen looks on.

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