Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 12, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Hayman on his extraordinary Paris-Roubaix win: ‘There is no way I expected it would end up like this’; McCabe wins Sunset Loop as Dal-Cin snatches GC victory from Acevedo at Redlands Classic ; Meet Sepp Kuss, revelation of the 2016 Redlands Classic; Redlands Rider Diary Stage 5: Sunset Circuit Apocalypse; Photo gallery: Bike tech from Paris-Roubaix 2016; How the Race Was Won: 2016 Paris-Roubaix; Rumors circ about Sep Vanmarcke’s expiring contract; The view of Paris-Roubaix from on-bike camera; Video: Highlights of Paris-Roubaix; Pichot breaks saddle at Paris-Roubaix; In the Giant-Alpecin bus before the start of Paris-Roubaix; UCI continues checking for motors in bikes at Paris-Roubaix

Hayman on his extraordinary Paris-Roubaix win: ‘There is no way I expected it would end up like this’

by VeloClub

“Today’s my day. The sun is shining on me,” said Orica-GreenEdge’s Mat Hayman shortly after winning a five-man sprint to take Paris-Roubaix.

It was hard to argue with that assessment. Consider that Hayman has been a pro for 17 years. Consider, too, that he has won just a handful of races in that time. Finally, consider that he crashed and fractured his arm just six weeks ago.

In that context, beating four-time Roubaix winner Tom Boonen (Etixx-QuickStep), Ian Stannard (Sky), Sep Vanmarcke (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) to the line was a massive achievement.

Hayman’s success was by far the biggest result of his career, and shows the value of persistence.

“I was eighth here once before. That was the year Vansummeren won, and that was also from a breakaway straight after the forest. Roubaix is one of the very few races where every few years it throws up a bit of a special winner. If you look at the results, there is one every three or four years with somebody you don’t expect.”

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Today’s feature photo comes from Kristof Ramon showing Marcel Sieberg (Lotto-Soudal) at the Carrefour de l’Arbre section of Paris-Roubaix.