For the second year in a row at Paris-Roubaix Femmes, the solo winner in the Velodrome André Pétrieux was a Trek-Segafredo rider, and for the second year in a row the winner hailed the race as another step forward for women’s cycling.
Last time out it was Lizzie Deignan who triumphed , later praising her team for "pushing boundaries" as they matched prize money between their male and female squads. On Saturday, Elisa Longo Borghini noted that the press attention for the second edition of the race was another step forward.
Following her race-winning 32km solo move, Longo Borghini told the assembled press that there has been more and more attention on women’s cycling, something that was reflected in the number of journalists present at the finish.
"Surely it’s the next step," she said, noting that only the World Championships had received as much attention as this second edition of Paris-Roubaix Femmes. "I think there’s more and more attention from the media on women’s cycling and I think it’s what we deserve because I think today it was a display of a great race.
"I’m really looking forward to the Tour de France Femmes because it’s going to be really huge for women’s cycling," she added. "I always try to say that the Tour is returning – we don’t have to forget history, because there were many women riding in the past and we’re thankful to them."
Longo Borghini crossed the line solo after making her winning move on the Templeuve cobbled sector, the […]