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Dylan van Baarle wins his first Monument at Paris-Roubaix

Dylan van Baarle wins his first Monument at Paris-Roubaix

Dylan Van Baarle celebrates after winning the Paris-Roubaix cycling race, a 257 kilometer (160 mile) one-day-race at the velodrome in Roubaix, northern France, Sunday, April…

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Dylan Van Baarle celebrates after winning the Paris-Roubaix cycling race, a 257 kilometer (160 mile) one-day-race at the velodrome in Roubaix, northern France, Sunday, April 17, 2022. (Thomas Samson, Pool via AP) ROUBAIX, France (AP) _ 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 kilometers (159 miles) of grueling racing. His average speed of 45.8 kilometers-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, along with the Tour of Flanders, Milan-San Remo, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the Giro di Lombardia.

But it is known as the Queen of the Classics because it is the most prestigious one, and is also called the “Hell of the North,” because of its treacherous profile including more than 50 kilometers (31 miles) of cobblestones.Several riders crashed or picked up punctures on […]

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