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April 9/17 13:34 pm - Van Avermaet Wins Paris-Roubaix

Posted by Editoress on 04/9/17

After winning the Circuit Het Nieuwsblad, the GP E3 and Gent-Wevelgem, Greg van Avermaet only had to claim a monument to cap off a great Spring classic campaign. He overcame a mechanical with just over 100 km to go to make his way to the win that was missing in his career, beating Zdenek Stybar and Sebastian Langeveld in a sprint finish. Tom Boonen concluded his last ever race in thirteenth position after fighting in a duel-like event with Peter Sagan who was hampered bad luck at all crucial moments.

51km in the first hour
199 riders took the start in Compiègne under the sun. It was a very fast early part of the race with very little freedom given to the breakaway riders. Patrick Bevin and William Clarke (Cannondale-Drapac), Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo), Kenneth van Bilsen (Cofidis), Pierre-Luc Périchon (Fortuneo-Vital Concept), Coen Vermeltfoort (Roompot), Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain-Merida) and Matteo Bono (UAE Team Emirates) formed a first leading group, reinforced by Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Benjamin De Clercq (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise). 51km were covered in the first hour, after which five riders got a gap: Michael Morkov and Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Katusha), Hugo Hofstetter (Cofidis), Maxime Daniel (Fortuneo) and Benjamin Giraud (Delko Marseille). But it was all together again 25km before the first cobbled section at Troisvilles (km 97).

Delage, Wallays and Vandenbergh at the front
At the initiative of Yannick Martinez (Delko Marseille), a trio took off five kilometers before hitting the pavés. The Frenchman formed the first significant breakaway of the day with Mickaël Delage (FDJ) and Jelle Wallays (Lotto-Soudal) before getting dropped and crashing. Delage and Wallays got a maximum gap of one minute and remained at the head of the race for 75km. The first main victims of the crashes were Luke Durbridge (Orica-Scott) and Oliver Naesen (AG2R-La Mondiale). Stijn Vandenbergh, the other Belgian rider from AG2R-La Mondiale, joined Delage and Wallays and revived the breakaway while the 2014 winner Niki Terpstra (Quick Step Floors) pulled out after crashing. As Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) had a mechanical on the cobbled section number 20, Tom Boonen (Quick Step Floors) sped up ahead of the Arenberg forest.

Sagan in action from far out
Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie) rejoined the sole Wallays at the front with 90km to go. As they got caught, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) sped up with 77km remaining and formed a leading quartet with his team-mate Maciej Bodnar, Daniel Oss (BMC) and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo). Sagan had a mechanical so Oss and Stuyven remained in the lead with 70km to go. At the exit for the pavé section of Mons-en-Pévèle, 45km before the end, Gianni Moscon (Sky), Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto-Soudal) and Dimitri Claeys (Cofidis) rejoined Oss and Stuyven. It became a front group of 15 riders five kilometers further: Peter Sagan (Bora), Jens Keukeleire (Orica), Boonen and Zdenek Stybar (Quick Step Floors), Dylan Van Baarle and Sebastian Langeveld (Cannondale-Drapac), John Degenkolb and Stuyven (Trek), Moscon (Sky), Oss and Van Avermaet (BMC), Roelandts (Lotto-Soudal), Chavanel (Direct Energie), Claeys (Cofidis) and Bert De Backer (Sunweb).

Van Avermaet dominates the finale

Oss went again but on his own. He eventually waited for six chasers as his captain Van Avermaet was one of them, along with Stybar, Moscon, Langeveld, Roelandts and Stuyven while Sagan was affected by another mechanical. Those seven riders had a lead of 30 seconds over a 40-man peloton with 20km to go. Oss was first to pay for his efforts. Only Stybar and Langeveld were able to follow Van Avermaet's acceleration at the Carrefour de l'Arbre 17km before the conclusion on the velodrome. Van Avermaet did most of the work in the finale but still had the resources to outsprint his two breakaway companions plus Stuyven and Moscon who made the junction on the velodrome.

ASO report


Compiègne to Roubaix/Vélodrome, 257 km
1 Greg van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 5:41:07
2 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors
3 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac Team
4 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
5 Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky all s.t.
6 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ 0:12
7 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
8 Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
9 Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie
10 John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
11 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-Scott
12 Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
13 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
14 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
15 Laurens de Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team
16 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
17 Piet Allegaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
18 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal
19 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie
20 Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac Team
21 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team all s.t.
22 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:20
23 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:26
24 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal 0:36
25 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Sunweb 2:24
26 Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
27 Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
28 Jonas van Genechten (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
29 Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
30 Bert van Lerberghe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
31 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
32 Bert de Backer (Bel) Team Sunweb
33 Jos van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
34 Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits all s.t.
35 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 3:01
36 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Dimension Data 3:30
37 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 3:45
38 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 5:12
39 Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 5:44
40 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team 7:12
41 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team 9:41
42 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac Team
43 Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ
44 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
45 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ
46 Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-Alpecin
47 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
48 Reto Hollenstein (Sui) Katusha-Alpecin
49 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb
50 Ryan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale-Drapac Team
51 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
52 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
53 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team Dimension Data
54 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal
55 Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
56 Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing Team
57 Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
58 Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ
59 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky
60 Jorge Arcas Peña (Esp) Movistar Team
61 Imanol Erviti (Esp) Movistar Team
62 Gregory Rast (Sui) Trek-Segafredo
63 Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale
64 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Dimension Data
65 Tom Scully (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac Team
66 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team
67 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-Scott
68 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
69 Preben van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
70 William Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac Team
71 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb
72 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky
73 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team
74 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team
75 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
76 Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin all s.t.
77 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 9:48
78 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal 9:53
79 Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise 9:55
80 Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
81 Francis Mourey (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
82 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors all s.t.
83 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-Scott 14:06
84 Marc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ s.t.
85 Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 18:28
86 Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
87 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin
88 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
89 Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida all s.t.
90 Alexander Edmonson (Aus) Orica-Scott 20:44
91 Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica-Scott
92 Truls Korsaeth (Nor) Astana Pro Team
93 David Per (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
94 Amund Grondahl Jansen (Nor) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
95 Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
96 Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
97 Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (RSA) Team Dimension Data
98 Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
99 Matti Breschel (Den) Astana Pro Team
100 Boris Vallee (Bel) Fortuneo - Vital Concept all s.t.
101 Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 20:50
102 Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Team Dimension Data 27:12
OTL Berden de Vries (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij 30:49
OTL Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
OTL Ion Insausti (Esp) Bahrain-Merida
OTL Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Dimension Data
OTL Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac Team 32:06
OTL Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 32:19
OTL Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky 33:44
OTL Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
OTL Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
OTL Erwann Corbel (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
OTL Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 34:01
OTL Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 34:17
OTL Daniel Mclay (GBr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 34:28
OTL Twan Castelijns (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 34:30
OTL Brian van Goethem (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij 38:49
OTL Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct Energie
OTL Taco van Der Hoorn (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
OTL Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 45:19
OTL Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky 46:45
DNF Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-Scott
DNF Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-Scott
DNF Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-Scott
DNF Tim Declercq (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
DNF Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors
DNF Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky
DNF Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky
DNF Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team Sky
DNF Tom van Asbroeck (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac Team
DNF Nick Dougall (RSA) Team Dimension Data
DNF Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Team Dimension Data
DNF Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal
DNF Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-Segafredo
DNF Michal Kolár (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNF Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNF Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNF Martin Elmiger (Sui) BMC Racing Team
DNF Stefan Küng (Sui) BMC Racing Team
DNF Francisco Ventoso (Esp) BMC Racing Team
DNF Lars Boom (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
DNF Gijs van Hoecke (Bel) Team LottNl-Jumbo
DNF Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
DNF Nuno Matos (Por) Movistar Team
DNF Héctor Carretero (Esp) Movistar Team
DNF Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team
DNF Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) FDJ
DNF Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) FDJ
DNF Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJ
DNF Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie
DNF Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie
DNF Tony Hurel (Fra) Direct Energie
DNF Julien Morice (Fra) Direct Energie
DNF Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie
DNF Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Rudy Barbier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb
DNF Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Sunweb
DNF Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Sunweb
DNF Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Sunweb
DNF Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin
DNF Michael Morkov (Den) Katusha-Alpecin
DNF Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNF Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNF Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNF Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Stijn Steels (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
DNF Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
DNF Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
DNF Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Guillaume van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Maxime Daniel (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
DNF Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
DNF Andre Looij (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
DNF Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
DNF Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
DNF Ivan Garcia (Esp) Bahrain-Merida
DNF Meiyin Wang (Chn) Bahrain-Merida
DNF Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
DNF Matteo Bono (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
DNF Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
DNF Andrea Guardini (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
DNF Marko Kump (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
DNF Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
DNF Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
DNF Yannick Martinez (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
DNF Mikel Aristi (Esp) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
DNF Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
DNF Martin Laas (Est) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
DNF Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
DNF Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
DNF Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Delko Marseille Provence KTM



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