Paris-Roubaix 2019: Philippe Gilbert wins his cobble

It’s the Queen of the Classics and Paris-Roubaix 2019 did not disappoint. With the peloton hitting full gas from Kilometre 0, the race ebbed and flowed with chaos and echelons all day long. With no break being allowed to get

for very long, the peloton went full pelt through the cobbled sectors until Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Katusha’s Nils Politt made the move that broke the race apart, as they were joined by defending champion Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe), Sep Vanmarcke (EF-Education First), Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and PhilGil’s teammate Yves Lampaert. Working together until about 10km to go, it was soon down to Gilbert and Politt, with the Belgian winning the sprint in the Velodrome. Lampaert came third. That was the short version of what happened … but whoa, this race gave so much more than a victory.

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Strade Bianche 2019 : Alaphilippe debuts on the top spot; Van Vleuten solos to victory

The unofficial sixth Monument, one of the most beautiful and elegant races in the cycling calendar – and my second favourite race of the year. Yes, it was Strade Bianche, and edition 13 went mano a manoa mano with Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) going under the flamme rouge together on that magnificent final climb into Siena’s main square. While the men had to duke it out on the final kilometre, Annamiek Van Vleuten (Michelton Scott) time trialled her way to a solo victory in the women’s edition of the race. A fantastic achievement considering that she is coming off a broken kneecap from last year!

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