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by Mark Zalewski
April 11, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Avermaet defies his own expectations: ‘To be honest, I was not expecting to win Roubaix’; Pidcock wins Paris-Roubaix juniors; UnitedHealthcare dominates Alabama Cycling Classic; Naesen gets large share of Paris-Roubaix misfortunes; Moscon happy with Roubaix performance; Roglic eyeing Tour of Romandie after two wins in Pais Vasco; Italian Guardini gets lost after abandoning Paris-Roubaix, ends up on motorway; Strava posts from fastest Paris-Roubaix in history; Canberra cyclists say roads are still safe; Ster ZLM Toer announces route; Video: Celebration from inside the BMC team car; Video: Paris Roubaix wheel change; Video: What is the Madison?.
UAE Team Emirates rider Andrea Guardini was not having a good Paris-Roubaix and abandoned the race at the second feed zone. He decided to ride to the finish, using a more direct route. However, the route he chose eventually put him on the A23 motorway and he was pulled over by French police.
“When I arrived at the second refueling zone I was told to [abandon],” he wrote on Facebook. “I planned to arrive 40 minutes before the others if I had ended up on a freeway! Fortunately the Gendarmerie (French police) joined me, loaded and took me to their station.
“I really have to thank them for their hospitality, it also allowed me to see the end of the race… they were very kind! From there I could call my wife, who contacted the team with a round of phone calls, and they came to recover me!
“My criminal record is still clean, we all laughed and I can say I have an original story to tell of my race.”