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115th Paris-Roubaix - Report and video
By Mark Sharon
Date: 4/9/2017
115th Paris-Roubaix - Report and video
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April 9, 2017

BMC's Greg Van Avermaet wins the 115th Paris-Roubaix 2017

Greg Van Avermaet wins Paris Roubaix: Photo ASO

Greg Van Avermaet capped off a very successful spring campaign with a win at the 115th running of the Paris-Roubaix'. The Belgian added the 'Hell of the North' to his wins at GP E3 and Gent-Wevelgem.

The win came from a five man sprint on the Roubaix Velodrome with Zdenek Stybar (Quickstep Floors) second and Sebastian Langeveld (Cannodale-Drapac) third.

"I felt very good all day even though I suffered a lot but with the victory now I don’t feel the pain", explained Van Avermaet, "Stybar did not work on the end and I had to draw on my reserve to win. I am really happy to have done a good sprint and won Paris-Roubaix !"

On a course that tests man and machine to the limit Van Avermaet was one of many riders to test fortune, experiencing a mechanical that left the rider screaming for a bike change at 100km to go.

Fastest race in history

The 115th edition, raced in unseasonably hot conditions, made history as the fastest to date, setting an average speed of 45.2 km/h, beating the record of 45.13 km/h set by Peter Post in 1964.

The pace was boosted by a very fast opening hours with 51km covered after a breakaway formed comprising 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).

Peloton in the dust: Photo ASO

The group was bolstered by Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Benjamin De Clercq (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise).

The high pace and the size of the group meant an inevitable split with five men going clear Michael Morkov and Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Katusha), Hugo Hofstetter (Cofidis), Maxime Daniel (Fortuneo) and Benjamin Giraud (Delko Marseille).

Their bid for freedom was cut short and it was one big peloton 25km ahead of the first of the cobbled sections at Troisvilles (km 97).

Yannick Martinez (Delko Marseille) took advantage of a nervous peloton to attack five kilometres form the sector, taking Mickaël Delage (FDJ) and Jelle Wallays (Lotto-Soudal) with him. Martinez was the first dropped though before crashing. Other early crash victims included Luke Durbridge (Orica-Scott) and Oliver Naesen (AG2R-La Mondiale).

Delage and Wallays clawed out a gap of one minute and remained at the head of the race for the next 75km. Belgian rider Stijn Vandenbergh from AG2R-La Mondiale was the only rider able to bridge the gap and his presence helped revive the break. Behind them 2014 winner Niki Terpstra (Quick Step Floors) took a hard tumble and was forced to pull out.

Boonen forges ahead.

With Avermaet delayed on section 20 Tom Boonen took the chance to up the pace with the Arenberg forest looming. Ahead the Wallays was on his own bit was soon joined by Sylvain Chavenel (Direct Energie) with 90 km to go. Their partnership was short-lived and the catch soon made. It gave Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) an opportunity, injecting a new element of pace with 77km remaining. He was joined in a leading quartet by team-mate Maciej Bodnar, Daniel Oss (BMC) and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo).

Sagan though was soon yet another victim of the conditions suffering a mechanical which forced him to dig deep to regain positions..

As the pavé section of Mons-en-Pévèle, 45km before the end, came to an end Gianni Moscon (Sky), Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto-Soudal) and Dimitri Claeys (Cofidis) rejoined Oss and Stuyven. It quickly swelled to a 15 man group comprising 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).

Avermaet sets the stage

Oss was the last man to take a chance before the race took on its final character. He eventually pulled up to his captain Van Avermaet who was steaming along with Stybar, Moscon, Langeveld, Roelandts and Stuyven. Sagan meanwhile was affected by another mechanical that saw him out of contention.

Oss finally paid for his efforts but it was worth it, as the seven man breakaway pulled out a 30 second lead over large chasing group containing Boonen.

Eventually, on the merciless cobbles Carrefour de l'Arbre with 17km left to race, only Stybar and Langeveld were able to follow Van Avermaet's wheel. It was these three who entered the velodrome, Stybar possibly the freshest after refusing to contribute to the pace making over the closing kilometres.

A three man sprint though suddenly turned in to five, when Stuyven and Moscon suddenly appeared in the frame after chasing hard. Their efforts only gave then a closer view of the finale as Van Avermaet proved the fastest, leaving Stybar banging the air in frustration.

Video Highlights (copyright ASO)

Summary - Paris-Roubaix 2017 by tourdefrance

Full Results


Sectors of PAVÉS

29 97 Troisvilles à Inchy 2,2
28 103,5 Viesly à Quiévy 1,8
27 106 Quiévy à Saint-Python 3,7
26 112,5 Viesly à Briastre 3
25 116 Briastre à Solesmes 0,8
24 124,5 Vertain à Saint-Martin-sur-Écaillon 2,3
23 134,5 Verchain-Maugré à Quérénaing 1,6
22 137,5 Quérénaing à Maing 2,5
21 140,5 Maing à Monchaux-sur-Écaillon 1,6
20 153,5 Haveluy à Wallers 2,5
19 161,5 Trouée d'Arenberg 2,4
18 168 Wallers à Hélesmes 1,6
17 174,5 Hornaing à Wandignies 3,7
16 182 Warlaing à Brillon 2,4
15 185,5 Tilloy à Sars-et-Rosières 2,4
14 192 Beuvry-la-Forêt à Orchies 1,4
13 197 Orchies 1,7
12 203 Auchy-lez-Orchies à Bersée 2,7
11 208,5 Mons-en-Pévèle 3
10 214,5 Mérignies à Avelin 0,7
9 218 Pont-Thibaut à Ennevelin 1,4
8 224 Templeuve (Moulin-de-Vertain) 0,5
7 230,5 Cysoing à Bourghelles 1,3
6 233 Bourghelles à Wannehain 1,1
5 237,5 Camphin-en-Pévèle 1,8
4 240 Carrefour de l’Arbre 2,1
3 242,5 Gruson 1,1
2 249 Willems à Hem 1,4
1 256 Roubaix (Espace Crupelandt) 0,3
Total Distance of Pave sectors 55 km


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