Paris Roubaix is always a race that defies predictions. But this year, oooh lala, the weekend of cobbles really gave us one of the wildest rides in a long time. This is a melange of tweets, loosely categorised (very loosely), with plenty of tweets from fans during the action. Confusion reigned and it was GLORIOUS. [Lots of f-bombs in this column, by the way.]
Giddy with excitement after a fantastic Paris-Roubaix weekend we have a full house round the table at Velovoices Towers. Kathi, Midge, Luke, Issie and Euan mull over the chaos of the cobbles and celebrate the conquerors.
- How did Ineos become an all-out classics team that is a joy to watch?
- How did Wanty become such a powerhouse?
- Will the Trek Women’s Team let anyone else get their hands on a cobble?
- The trials of Benoit Cosnefroy
- And Luke will upset entire nations and Remco Evenepoel fans
It’s a romp through the best racing over the past couple of weeks as seen through the eyes of cycling fans.
Who would have thought that the team of the spring classics would be Ineos Grenadiers? But they’ve been burning up the parcours over the past few weeks and they bagged the biggest Classic of them all, Paris-Roubaix. In a race that didn’t follow any of the usual playbooks, Dylan van Baarle kept the faith and arrived at the velodrome alone to take a solo win, posting up the race’s fastest time ever. Second place went to Wout van Aert and third to Stefan Kung. I’ve tried to piece it together for you although I found it impossible to describe just how chaotic the whole day was.