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Spectacular Paris-Roubaix win for Sagan
The world champion attacked from the peloton with 54km to go and joined the leading group where he worked well with Silvan Dillier. The duo managed to hold off the chasers despite numerous attempts by Niki Terpstra to close the gap. Sagan then outsprinted Dillier on the famous velodrome to claim the victory.
“When I was younger, it was always my dream to win Paris-Roubaix,” Sagan said. “I didn’t think about the World Championships and Flanders. If someone asked me if I would change my World title for Roubaix, I’d say no, but now I have Flanders and Roubaix. That’s an amazing feeling. It’s very nice.”
It’s amazing to win @parisroubaixcourse! I’m so tired after this race but I have to say, this year I wasn’t involved in any crashes, I wasn’t feeling tired at the start and just tried to save energy. After I went in the attack I just kept going until the finish. I feel so much better than I have done in all the years I’ve ridden Paris-Roubaix – I was so much more tired then than I am today. Thank you to all my teammates, because they did such a great job – Daniel Oss, Marcus Burghardt and Maciej Bodnar, my brother Juraj and to Andreas Schillinger and Rüdi Selig at the start, who kept the group all together. In the end, I made the winning move with around 50km to go and I’m very happy to have come in first. It’s an amazing feeling. I always try to do my best and to get the best results. @boracookingsystems @hansgrohe @iamspecialized @sportful @ride100percent (Photos @bettiniphoto) Je to úžasné vyhrať Paríž-Roubaix! Som riadne unavený, ale musím povedať, že tento rok ma nezastavila ani jedna kolízia, na štarte som sa cítil dobre a celý čas som mohol šetriť energiu. A potom som zaútočil a vydržal na čele pretekov až do konca. Cítil som sa výborne, oveľa lepšie ako v tých predchádzajúcich ročníkoch, keď som dokončil tieto preteky. Som ale menej unavený ako po minulé roky. Som veľmi šťastný a musím poďakovať mojim kolegom, Danielovi Ossovi, Marcusovi Burghardtovi, Maciejovi Bodnarovi, bratovi Jurajovi, a tiež Andreasovi Schillingerovi a Rüdimu Seligovi, pretože predviedli skvelú prácu. Od začiatku kontrolovali hlavný balík až do momentu, kým som nezaútočil. Rozhodujúci moment prišiel asi 50km pred finišom a z víťazstva sa naozaj teším. Je to neskutočný pocit. Vždy sa snažím ísť najlepšie ako sa dá a urobit čo najlepší výsledok.
“This is the first time that I was fighting for first place in my life in the velodrome. It was emotional. I just felt good and I knew I’d had a good spring and could do well here,” Sagan continued. “I was confident, but also, I will never undervalue somebody. I was also cramping in the end too. In the end, I did it. It’s a very big moment for me.”
?De Compiègne à Roubaix, revivez une journée en Enfer… au coeur du peloton.
— Paris-Roubaix (@Paris_Roubaix) April 8, 2018
His victory was, however, overshadowed by the unfortunate death of Veranda’s Willems-Crelan rider Michael Goolaerts. The 23-year-old suffered cardiac arrest and was transferred by helicopter to hospital in Lille. Despite all the efforts of the medical team, Goolaerts died on Sunday evening surrounded by friends and family.
“For now there will be no further communication as we want to give his close ones time to deal with this terrible loss. We thank you in advance for respecting the privacy of his relatives,” the team wrote in a statement.
What a beautiful path
— Marcel Sieberg (@MarcelSieberg) April 6, 2018
Mario back at the races
— Ronde Van Vlaanderen (@RondeVlaanderen) April 1, 2018
When Loulou wins ? pic.twitter.com/1WbLW699qe
— Quick-Step Cycling (@quickstepteam) April 2, 2018