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Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

April 11, 2016


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
Orica GreenEDGE
2. be
Etixx - Quick Step
3. gb
Team Sky
4. be
Team LottoNL - Jumbo
5. no
Dimension Data
6. au
IAM Cycling
7. de
Lotto Soudal
8. lv
IAM Cycling
9. es
Movistar Team
10. fr
PETIT Adrien
Direct Energie
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12. be
Team LottoNL - Jumbo
13. be
IAM Cycling
14. gb
Team Sky
15. nl
Team Giant - Alpecin
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Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
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Team Giant - Alpecin
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Orica GreenEDGE
19. de
BMC Racing Team
20. fr
LAPORTE Christophe
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
21. be
Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
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Wanty - Groupe Gobert
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Team Giant - Alpecin
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Bora-Argon 18
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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.

  • Ha, that top image. Bless Boonen.

    • Avuncular

      Yep he’s class Boonen and watching him chat with Hayman on the podium you could see he was happy for him. Good result for Zac Dempster too. The 4th Aussie in the top 25. But what a race and thanks to SBS for the extended coverage. I was yelling at the tv so late in the night for Hayman my wife called me a yobbo!

    • Michele

      Brilliant. As mentioned by Avuncular, he was pure class on the podium.

      He appeared genuinely happy for Matt.

      He rode a remarkable race too. Easy forgot he fractured his skull 6 months ago, and there were fears that he wouldn’t be ready for classics either.

      EDIT: forgot to mention, Hayman’s comments about Tommeke were class too. To effectively say he wanted Boonen to get the record, and he would’ve been happy to come second to him, speaks volumes about the guy as well.

  • James

    “Boner has slammed…” best typo ever.

    • We won’t push too hard to get that one corrected ;-)

      • James

        Excellent! My day has peaked already.

        • Michele

          That’s going to be hard to top.

  • Steel

    What a victory to Matt Hayman! I was up and about last night in front of the TV. Not quite Cadel 2011 levels of excitement, but I wasn’t far off it once I realised Van Marcke didn’t have the legs to get around the outside and Boonen was boxed in.

    I thought he rode the perfect dark horse favourites race.

    He was let go in the break, despite having performed well here in the past.

    He worked in the last 5-10 km, but wasn’t the one to shut down the big moves.

    He rode a brilliant recovery effort to catch back on, when it was clear the top 4 didn’t feel the need to distance him.

    • PDidds

      He looked stronger and stronger as the race went on.

      He tried an attack in the last few kms.

      He was the only one to follow the Boonen attack.

      He countered straight past him, forcing Boonen (and the others) to do as much work as him.

      He had the advantage that none of the commentators were saying “he could win this”…

      What a ride.

  • Donald Young

    Brilliant race and a great win by Hayman, would have been nice to see Boonen take a 5th win but nothing is a given, well done Mattie Hayman

  • Michele

    Gilbert’s middle finger is his thumb?

    I’d imagine that would make some everyday tasks, like opening a jar of Nutella, a little harder to do.


    • Oops. I blame minimal sleep for that one. ;)

      • Michele

        Don’t worry Matt … I blame minimal sleep for me finding the error.

        In all seriousness, I don’t know how CT gets the Daily Digest out on time on days like this.

        Took me a couple of hours to fall asleep this morning, I was amped up so much from that finish.

        • It was about 2:30am by the time I got to sleep and then I was up at 6:30am to work on the DND.

    • JBS

      It was one hell of a break!

  • Michele

    Okay straw poll:

    SBS loves P-R (and they did a great job with it last night). They love spruiking that it’s the biggest one-day classic of the year.

    I’m not sure if they say that because they get great extended coverage of the race, or because two Aussies have now won it, or because they think it really is.

    So …

    What do you think is the biggest race?

    For me, after seeing both live in the flesh, and having ridden both sportives, I’d say Ronde.

    They’re both great races, and TBH, I enjoyed the P-R sportiv more (my body frame is built for the cobbles), but as far as the racing goes, there’s something special about Ronde. Now, if only they’d put the Muur back in.

    • Andy B

      Both very special, last nights Roubaix gave me feels that flanders didn’t
      But that changes every year :)

    • Il_falcone

      Biggest? Don’t know. But the Ronde is the best for me. No lucky winners there. And it’s a very open race for all kind of riders. Even a light guy like Kwiat or Valverde could win it. Not possible to hide in the slipstream at the Ronde (nearly) all day and still win it against stronger riders. I also agree that riding the course of the Ronde is much more fun.
      That said watching P-R often has been more exciting to watch in recent years because there are so many unexpected things happening and the winner is often only decided on the line.

      • Michele

        Nice comment.

    • Arfy

      It was a great race to watch, but I have to admit there was something missing in the SBS commentary – the history and legends of the race. Matt and Robbie did a good job of commentating the actual racing, but there was never any references to the historical aspects of the race, only some references to Robbie’s experiences riding on the cobbled sectors. To me that’s part of what makes P-R so great.

      • Dave

        Are you kidding, there were heaps of references to previous races!

        • Arfy

          Yeah, but they were all Robbie’s.

          • Dave

            Not the ones about Bernard Hinault, or Johan Museeuw, or Fabian, or Tom, or Vansummeren, or Kluge, or the guy with the name on the old bridge…

            • jules

              Gilbert Duclos-Lasalle!

              • Dave

                Thanks, I was making a coffee at the point they were talking about him.

                Either way, I thought it was the best and most rounded performance we’ve ever had from a SBS commentary team, they showed they were finally properly ready to replace Phil and Paul on one of the big races.

                Keeno’s finally learned to be a bit more impartial, and Robbie’s tactical insights are excellent. They could do with replacing the bumbling local soccer commentator as the host, but that’s a relatively minor detail. Time to pull the trigger and go with their own team for the Tour de France this year, perhaps add in Macca for more pre/post-race comments and to swap seats with Robbie on the mountain stages.

                Phil Liggett still does a damn good pre-recorded voiceover though, Keeno will never match him at that ;-)

            • Arfy

              Maybe I’m wrong, my wife tells me that sometimes but I don’t believe her.
              Still, I felt there was something missing from the commentary not painting the historical picture for me. Maybe others saw it differently.

    • JBS

      Biggest, best or most exciting?

      Biggest isn’t an argument I care much about, but probably the Belgian world championships (Ronde).

      Best: The Ronde, its less affected by chance than Roubaix which means we tend to see the favourites duke it out more frequently.

      Most exciting: Depends year to year, but there is something gladiatorial about watching the big guys storm across the really rough pave in Roubaix that can’t be ignored.

  • donncha

    Best race I’ve watched, ever.

    Switched on Eurosport at 231km to go thinking “I’ll watch the break get established and come back later for the finale” but stuff just kept on happening. 80-90km later and the break has bugger all gap before Troisvilles, so may as well watch a few of the early cobbles. Then Etixx put Martin on the front and blow it apart and the race is ON with 115km to go… and it never let up.

    Even the last 10km, I couldn’t pick who was going to win though I was pretty sure it wasn’t Hayman. EB & Boonen’s sprint vs Vanmarcke & Stannard needing a gap. Multiple attempts to get away, each shut down by different people, each looking exhausted.

    And finally, Hayman starts his ‘sprint’ early, Stannard boxes Boonen and it’s all over with a spectacular win.

    Almost as good as watching the race was seeing all the other teams & riders on Twitter genuinely delighted that Hayman had won. Chapeau!

    • jules

      I was watching Hayman leading out the sprint thinking “noooo!! Boonen is going to roll you.. but it seems he knew what he was doing. they were all stuffed by then and a longer sprint may have dulled Boonen’s sprinting legs? I didn’t think Matty would get it, not against the pedigree of guys like Boonen, but then he rolled across in 1st and I’m sitting there stunned.. he did it!

      • Bex

        haha same, was so happy that haymo made it to the final in front group, then he was one of 3 then started sprint early i was thinking… noooo…. but yesssss. Agreed with best race ever, was so excited watching that ride by hayman. still grinning thinking about it.

      • Michele

        I must admit I felt pretty confident Matt would win with about 150-200 metres to go.

        I was more concerned when I saw Stannard had rejoined the leading duo just as they entered the velodrome.

        The last couple of P-R (where Tom has finished but not won) he’s lost the bunch sprint – whilst trying – against riders you’d normally expect him to roll. In 2014 he came 10th in the sprint for 2nd place.

        I was thinking (hoping??) that’d be the case last night.

        • jules

          you can never tell, but I thought Matt had a decent chance of rolling the others – as they were full gas to bridge up to Tom and Matt who had started to fox a little and obviously recover slightly – but I thought Tom would have had the legs in the sprint. it seems not, which is great!

          • Michele

            That said, I’d love to see Tommeke get a 5th.

            I’d also love to see Fabian be a part time cyclist and ride for 2 weekends each year.

            Going to miss him.

        • Dave

          I was pretty confident that he’d get in the top two from the moment it came back together on the approach road to the velodrome, and I thought it was pretty well locked in from about 350m to go when Hayman went to the top on turn 1 of the final lap.

          The OGE propensity towards ex-track riders has caused a few problems over the years, but it worked for them last night.

          • JBS

            Agree Hayman showed himself to as strong or stronger than the rest when got back onto Boonen’s wheel and then put in a serious attack straight away in the last couple of kms. He then showed how strong by leading the sprint, although I’ve gotta wonder what would’ve happened if Vanmarcke hadn’t boxed Boonen in with about 200m to go.

  • Steel

    Following on from Michele. Another poll. Is this OGE’s greatest win?

    For competition:
    – Bling Matthews in Pink for 6 days
    – Gerro at LBL and MSR
    – OGE holding yellow at the TDF for 4 days

    Perhaps some of those other victories were better planned for and executed, but in terms of the place P-R has in cycling folklore, and the quality of the field, Hayman’s win has to be number 1.

    • jules

      I think this is the greatest. I don’t buy into the Gerro-bashing about his racing smarts, but the fact Haymaker last won a race in 2011 and this was his 15th P-R, no one expected him to win – even his team manager admitted that. and the fact he was so aggressive and led out the sprint. it’s perfect

      • Avuncular

        Yep I agree. Hayman’s win has so many ingredients to make it a fairy tale come true. His career long selfless support role, only two wins to his belt then this! And after a broken arm to boot! One for the ages.

      • Gavin Adkins

        Totally agree. Hayman, obviously, just an outstanding ride. But OGE rode very well as a team. They had two in the early break, and Durbo sitting on the leading chase group. Even with Docker having a very nasty crash in the Arenberg, they still had options which would have kept the pressure off Hayman and is particularly impressive for a team that did not have any headline favourites and does not have the cobbled classics as its major focus.

    • Michele

      To me it’s their greatest win.

      I think you’re right: I reckon there are more tactics with a race like LBL or MSR, and in comparison, P-R is more like a race of attrition .

      But it’s because of this you need race smarts to win P-R.

      Hayman showed plenty of smarts; I don’t think he put a foot wrong.

      • Steel

        Sorry yeah, when I meant planned, I was thinking that OGE have really set up around Gerro and Matthews (more recently Ewan and Chaves) and when they’ve executed wins with these riders there must be a high level of satisfaction within OGE. Plan>Execution>Result.

        Hayman’s is more an opportunist win. No less deserved – he rode a fantastic race, but OGE aren’t exactly a cobbled classics squad and Hayman is not a marked rider.

        That said, with Docker, Durbo and Hayman they have three riders who are capable enough in these races.

        What stands out for me though is the ability of P-R to cut through. As a monument, it stands above the others if you ask me. In Aus, it is probably second only to the TDF. When you add in the fact that he beat one of the great fields in P-R history, that’s what makes it the greatest OGE victory for mine.

    • Dave

      Yeah, I’d say this is the greatest one by a comfortable margin.

      For at least another generation, Roubaix will be the best of the monuments for Australians simply because it was the first one to be broadcast here. There’s also something special about the fact that a Roubaix win is never lucky.

      • donncha

        I would say a Roubaix win is often lucky. Lady Luck shuffles the decks pretty regularly in PR, more so than most of the other races.

        Consider all the crashes last night; Sagan and Cancellara removed from the finale, SKY looking good w/ 4 in the final group and then two crashes in 5mins take out two and knock the wind out of Lowe.

        True, you don’t get to stand atop the podium without a hard 250km+ slog, but luck very much determines who you need to contend with in the finale.

  • BarkingOwl

    That was an awesome race! I just started watching this race a few years ago and with every edition I realise why it’s so popular. The racing starts to kick off with 110km to go and you know you’re in for a treat.
    Watching Hayman come into the last 15km with four other riders I was thinking how nice it was for him to get a top-five and it would be great to get a podium. No way did I expect him to win!
    It’s real fairytale stuff – the battler coming good and having his day in the sun. But just because he’s not a star doesn’t denigrate his victory. He rode a great race. Well-done Hayman!

  • JBS

    I have to thank you to Cycling Central online after last night. SBS free to air seemed cack itself last night in my area, but the online stream (mini PC plugged into TV) worked like a dream. I would’ve been incredibly peeved to have missed that race!

  • Andy Logan

    Just wow what a race, the look of disbelief on Hayman’s face after he stopped and crossed the line, he literally could not believe it. Awesome race, it was enthralling for the entire 7 hours.

    That race had it all.

  • Michele

    No offense .. if you’re earning $98 per hour and grossing $18,512 a month, you’re not working 3-5 hours a day.
    Sounds like your not very good with a calculator. Hope you’re employer isn’t taken you for a ride.

    • Dave

      Her car salesman is taking her for a ride too, there’s no such car as a McLaren P2 so she’s probably got a rebadged Chrysler Sigma.


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