17 April 2022 | 08:05 Dylan van Baarle © Gallo Images Dutch rider Dylan van Baarle of Ineos Grenadiers won the 257km Paris-Roubaix cycling classic on Sunday, emerging in the bright sunshine from the 30 cobbled sections of dusty old mining roads for a solo triumph.
Van Baarle held his head in his hands crossing the line before leaping off his bike and hoisting it in the air as he screamed with joy and relief.
Belgian Wout van Aert of Jumbo was second a full 1min 47sec adrift and Swiss Stefan Kung of FDJ was third.
HIGHLIGHTS Van Baarle entered the Roubaix velodrome on his own. His win was doubly special as Paris-Roubaix, known as "The Queen of the Classics", because of its extreme length and difficulty, is rarely taken by a breakaway winner.
The 29-year-old Van Baarle had been threatening to win such a race. He finished a narrow second at both the recent Tour of Flanders, another of cycling’s five one-day ‘Monuments’, and at the 2021 world championships.
"I’m lost for words, after the second at Flanders and now winning this race, its a Monument," said van Baarle.
"I couldn’t believe it when I got the velodrome, really, I looked round to see if there were some other guys. I was completely alone and for the first time I started to believe I would win," said the winner. ‘TEN YEARS OF EXPERIENCE’ Inoes team principal Dave Brailsford said Van Baarle needed all his experience as a rider to take the win."He’s earned […]