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by Matt de Neef
April 9, 2018
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Peter Sagan wins Paris-Roubaix after long-range attack; Michael Goolaerts dies after Paris-Roubaix heart attack; Amy Pieters wins the Healthy Ageing Tour; Primoz Roglic wins the Itzulia Basque Country, Enric Mas claims final stage; James Whelan wins the U23 Tour of Flanders; Australia tops Commonwealth Games track cycling medal tally; Matteo Trentin suffers spinal fracture at Roubaix; Lawson Craddock crashes into a car; Bill Chaffey takes Commonwealth Games paratriathlon bronze despite handcycle crash; The hands of a Paris-Roubaix cyclist; Sagan the mobile mechanic.
World champion Peter Sagan answered all critics and crossed a major career objective off his list on Sunday with a demonstrative, emphatic victory at Paris-Roubaix. The Bora-Hansgrohe star attacked from 54km to go, caught the remnants of the daylong breakaway, and then outsprinted Sylvan Dillier (Ag2r La Mondiale) to take his second Monument.
Last weekend’s Tour of Flanders winner Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) crossed the line alone, having attacked out of a chase group, to finish third, 57 seconds down. It was a frustrating result for QuickStep, the Belgian team that dominated the cobblestone classics this spring and entered the race with several favorites.
With the win, Sagan became the first Slovakian to win Paris-Roubaix, the fifth reigning world champion to win Roubaix, and the first since Bernard Hinault in 1981, nine years before Sagan was born.
“It’s amazing to win Paris-Roubaix,” Sagan said. “I’m tired after this race but not as tired as in previous years when I didn’t win it for some reasons. I have to say that I was not involved in any crash or puncture or any kind of mechanical this time, so I could save some energy for the finale. I attacked at the right moment and I kept going until the finish.
“I must thank my teammates, Daniel Oss, Maciej Bodnar, Markus Burghardt, my brother, and the staff of the team for their support. I’m very happy to be first on the line here in Roubaix. It’s really nice to with this race with the world champion jersey. I said before the race that my goal was to do my best. I’ve done my best.”
A full race report from the 2018 Paris-Roubaix can be found at CyclingTips.