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Cycling: Dutchman Dylan van Baarle wins Paris-Roubaix for 1st time

Cycling: Dutchman Dylan van Baarle wins Paris-Roubaix for 1st time

Dylan van Baarle timed his attack on the final cobblestone sections perfectly to win the Paris-Roubaix race for the first time on Sunday. (Photo: AFP)…

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Dylan van Baarle timed his attack on the final cobblestone sections perfectly to win the Paris-Roubaix race for the first time on Sunday. (Photo: AFP) His average speed of 45.8 kilometres per hour (28.4 miles per hour) was a record

Belgian Wout van Aert edged a tight sprint to finish second ahead of Swiss rider Stefan Kung in third — both 1 minute, 47 seconds behind Van Baarle

Although he won the Dwars door Vlaanderen (Across Flanders) race last year, but this was by far Van Baarle’s biggest victory

Dylan van Baarle timed his attack on the final cobblestone sections perfectly to win the Paris-Roubaix race for the first time on Sunday. The 29-year-old Dutchman, who rides for the Ineos Grenadiers team, won in 5 hours, 37 minutes after 257 kilometres (159 miles) of gruelling racing. His average speed of 45.8 kilometres per hour (28.4 miles per hour) was a record. Belgian Wout van Aert edged a tight sprint to finish second ahead of Swiss rider Stefan Kung in third — both 1 minute, 47 seconds behind Van Baarle. Although he won the Dwars door Vlaanderen (Across Flanders) race last year, but this was by far Van Baarle’s biggest victory and he milked the applause upon entering the Roubaix Velodrome alone.

The sunny conditions were far removed from last year’s mud-splattered and rain-soaked race held in October. Mathieu Van der Poel was third then, but the Belgian rider was ninth this time.

The race is one of cycling’s five high-profile classics, […]

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