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Paris-Roubaix: Colbrelli out of hell
It’s been 20 years since rain really hit Paris-Roubaix. And since the race had to be moved to October, 903 days after its last edition, the skies opened up a torrent of wet weather. Paris-Roubaix in the rain was an Italian story. First Gianni Moscon seemed to be headed to victory in the final, when ultimately mechanical problems deprived him of the greatest success of his career. In a three-way sprint for the victory, Sonny Colbrelli was the fastest. The Bahrain Victorious rider is the first Italian to win since Andrea Tafi in 1999. At 22, Florian Vermeersch (2nd) should be looking to return to Roubaix to win, as should Mathieu Van der Poel (3rd).
The results: 1. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) ; 2. Florian Vermeersch (Lotto Soudal); 3. Mathieu Van Der Poel (Alpecin Fenix)
Paris-Roubaix Femmes: Deignan makes history
At 32 years old and racing the first Paris-Roubaix Femmes in history, Elizabeth Deignan put her name in the history books to become the first woman ever to lift the famous cobblestone in the velodrome. The Briton lit up the race 80 kilometers from the finish and was never seen again. Marianne Vos‘s attack less than 20 kilometers from the finish was not enough to change anything. Deignan was very moved at the end: “I just wanted to be in a good position. But when I saw that no one was following, I pushed my effort and didn’t look back. I’m very proud, it’s a big day for women’s cycling.” The Trek Segafredo team succeeded in placing a second rider on the podium with Italian champion Elisa Longo Borghini finishing in 3rd.
The results: 1. Elizabeth Deignan (Trek Segafredo Women) ; 2. Marianne Vos (Jumbo Visma Women); 3. Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek Segafredo Women)
Cro Race: Stephen Williams opens his palmarès
At 25, Stephen Williams succeeds Adam Yates as the winner at the Cro Race. The rider from Bahrain Victorious, who has been a professional since 2019, won the first two races of his career, winning first on stage 5 and then taking the overall general classification. Ahead of the end of the season, his team now has 30 victories. Overall, he finished ahead of the Norwegian Markus Hoelgaard (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team) and the Dutch Mick Van Dijke (Jumbo Visma).
The results: 1. Stephen Williams (Bahrain Victorious) ; 2. Markus Hoelgaard (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team); 3. Mick Van Dijke (Jumbo Visma)
Stages won by: Phil Bahaus and Stephen Williams (Bahrain Victorious) ; Olav Kooij and Tim Van Dijke (Jumbo Visma) ; Milan Menten (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB)
Route Adélie de Vitré: De Kleijn in the storm
A round in the Coupe de France, the Route Adélie de Vitré was raced under appalling weather conditions. And at the end of the day, it was the Dutchman Arvid de Kleijn of the American Rally Cycling team who was the fastest. De Kleijn, also the winner this year of a stage at the Tour of Turkey, deprived Frenchman Emmanuel Morin of his first professional victory. Young Jason Tesson completes the podium.
The results: 1. Arvid de Kleijn (Rally Cycling) ; 2. Emmanuel Morin (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits); 3. Jason Tesson (Saint Michel Auber 93)
Giro Dell’Emilia Roglic ahead of the rest
Already a winner eleven times this season, Primoz Roglic added a twelfth victory by dominating the Giro Dell’Emilia, two years after his first victory at the Italian classic. The Olympic champion made the difference in the final climb and won with a three second advantage ahead of Portugal’s Joao Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick Step) and 5 seconds over Canada’s Michael Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation).
The results: 1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma) ; 2. Joao Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick Step); 3. Michael Woods (Israël Start-Up Nation)
Races to come:
Coppa Bernocchi – GP BPM (Fra), 4/10, www.uslegnanese.it
100 Tre Valli Varesine (Ita), 5/10, www.trevallivaresine.com
Milano-Torino (Ita), 6/10, www.milanotorino.it
Gran Piemonte (Ita), 7/10, www.ilgranpiemonte.it
Paris-Bourges (Fra), 7/10, www.parisbourges.fr
Tour of Taihu Lake, 7-12/10, www.touroftaihu.com
Il Lombardia (Ita), 9/10, www.illombardia.it
Paris-Tours Elite (Fra), www.paris-tours.fr/