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Six conclusions from Paris-Roubaix

Six conclusions from Paris-Roubaix

The cobbled Classics season has drawn to a close, with Sunday’s 119th Paris-Roubaix concluding what has been a non-stop and compelling run of racing stretching…

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The cobbled Classics season has drawn to a close, with Sunday’s 119th Paris-Roubaix concluding what has been a non-stop and compelling run of racing stretching back to the Opening Weekend at the end of February.

Almost without exception, the races over the cobbles of Belgium and northern France have been captivating, tense and exciting through to the end, and Paris-Roubaix was no exception.

There was barely time to breathe during the 257km marathon over 30 cobbled sectors from Compiègne to the Vélodrome André Pétrieux as splits, crashes, punctures, attacks and counter-moves came almost minute by minute during the five-and-a-half-hour race.

Now that the dust has settled, literally and figuratively, on the race, we can take a look back at what was another Hell of the North thriller. Here are our six conclusions from the 2022 Paris-Roubaix. Ineos Grenadiers cap dazzling spring Classics with the biggest prize

Ineos blew the race apart early in the crosswinds, setting the tone for the day (Image credit: THOMAS SAMSONAFP via Getty Images) Much has been made of Ineos Grenadiers ‘ cobbled Classics strategy over the years, with the team never quite being able to replicate their Grand Tour dominance on the roads of Flanders and Belgium.

Until Sunday, two E3 Harelbeke titles, courtesy of Geraint Thomas and MichaƂ Kwiatkowski remained their biggest triumphs in 12 years of racing, while there were also five Opening Weekend triumphs and Dylan Van Baarle’s Dwars door Vlaanderen victory last spring.

However, the 2022 spring season has seen the British squad announce themselves […]

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