TBM unlucky with crashes and punctures on the monumental cobblestones
Compiegne – Roubaix — 257 km
Roubaix, 8th April – BAHRAIN MERIDA riders worked hard today in one of the monumental cobblestone classics and one of the oldest cycling races. An unlucky flat tire and hot sun on the cobblestone road were just two factors that made today’s challenge a big one.
Thousands of fans joined the teams on another festival of cycling and the biggest classic race in France. Roger De Vlaeminck in seventies and Tom Boonen in the last decade both won 4 times the Paris-Roubaix and are still holding this record.
The race had 29 sections. Fontaine-au-Tertre a Quiévy was the longest section and 3.7 km long, and Trouée d’Arenberg, 2.4 km long, the most famous and the hardest one.
Today’s race was really demanding and challenging for all TBM riders. Heinrich Haussler, the leader of TBM had a very good performance by taking 20th place. Unfortunately Kristijan Koren and Ivan Cortina had to pull out after the crashes they had and Borut Božič had a tyre puncture at the cobblestone section where was almost impossible to react prompt.
Heinrich Haussler made a respectful performance and he was fighting all the way being at the front of the bunch and later on in the chasing group until the last 40 km where he got the puncture as well.
Peter Sagan (Bora Hansgrohe), the world champion decided to take all the destiny in his hands and legs of course. He attacked suddenly, as he always does in his style at the point of 54km to go. Silvan Dilier (AG2R la Mondiale) the only one that was staying with him. The couple went together over the cobbles, and made a safe ride to the Roubaix Velodrome and Peter Sagan took his second Paris-Roubaix crown. Silvan Dilier was the runner up and Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) proved the status of a favorite after Flanders victory or him and his dominante team performance at the Spring Classics.