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by Matt de Neef
April 10, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Greg Van Avermaet wins his first Monument at Paris-Roubaix; Alejandro Valverde victorious at the Tour of the Basque Country; Ellen van Dijk wins the Healthy Ageing Tour, Moberg takes final stage; Eddie Dunbar solos to victory in U23 Tour of Flanders; Tom Boonen closes his illustrious career with 13th at final Paris-Roubaix; Mat Hayman reflects on his 2017 Roubaix; Cyclist fighting for life after hit-run on Mornington Peninsula; Snow falls on Baw Baw Classic; Andre Boonen on his son Tom’s greatest moments; Inside the peloton at Paris-Roubaix.
As last year’s winner, Mat Hayman (Orica-Scott) rode yesterday’s Paris-Roubaix with #1 on his back. But there was no fairytale title defence for the 38-year-old Australian, who missed the race-winning move and had to settle for 11th.
“Look, I missed the move on Mons-en-Pévèle,” Hayman said. “I knew I needed to be at the front there and for whatever reason … Jens [Keukeleire] made it, I think there were 15 guys. For whatever reason I missed that, I had a bad patch. Jens had a bit of trouble and then we came back to Boonen’s group, but those guys [Van Avermate and Stybar] had already gone.
“That is Roubaix. When you get into the final everybody has got a guy up the road and nobody wants to work. It is really hard. It wasn’t until Lotto decided to commit towards the end that the gap came down a bit. But there were a load of guys up the road and they already had too much of a lead.”
While yesterday’s edition of Paris-Roubaix was the fastest in the race’s history — thanks to strong tailwinds — Hayman didn’t notice much of a difference compared to 2016.
“It was roughly the same race, pretty much,” he said. “The break didn’t really go at all today. I kind of expected it after last year. I think everybody thought they would be in the early break but it doesn’t really work.”