Oh, what a dull dull stage this was, riding through the desert, past building sites. But once again, Elia Viviani gave us a thrill at the end, this time having to fend off a very dodgy Sam Bennett sprint line that nearly put the Italian into the barriers. Rohan Dennis stayed safe in pink and the only change in the GC top 5 was Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Fix All) losing time and dropping out of the top 10 altogether.
So far this season Quick-Step Floors have been the winningest team of the peloton. They’ve been taking victory salutes from the cobbles of Belgium to the dusty roads of Colombia. Journal Velo asks… how are they doing that?
Paris-Roubaix 2017 was supposed to be the fairytale ending of a legendary career. All the stars were supposed to align in order for cycling fans the world over to see, one last time, the magic of Tom Boonen crossing the finish line in the Velodrome, dirty but victorious. Ah, but Roubaix doesn’t work that way. Instead, the dirty but victorious rider was this season’s colossus Greg Van Avermaet, who outsprinted Zdenek Stybar and Sebastian Langeveld to lift the cobble trophy. Roubaix giveth and Roubaix taketh away …