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Liège-Bastogne-Liège Fotogalerie von Herbert Moos

Ralph Denk, der Boss von BORA-hansgrohe als Betreuer im Einsatz.

Ein unheimlich starkes Rennen fuhr Domen Novak (UAE) als Helfer des Gewinners Tadej Pogacar, unermüdlich rackerte er an der Spitze des Pelotons und machte so das Rennen schwer, um die Attacke seines Capitanos an der Cote de La Redoute vorzubereiten.

Ulissi und Hirschi (UAE) an der Stockeu

Gewinner Tadej Pogacar (UAE)

Podium L-B-L 24

Weltmeister MVDP und Bob Jungels (BORA)

Oscar Fraille (INEOS)

Liège-Bastogne-Liège – Männer – 255 Km

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Sprint um Platz 3:

1 POGACAR Tadej SLO UAE Team Emirates 06:13:48
2 BARDET Romain FRA Team dsm-firmenich PostNL 01:39
3 VAN DER POEL Mathieu NED Alpecin-Deceuninck 02:02
4 VAN GILS Maxim BEL Lotto Dstny 02:02
5 PARET-PEINTRE Aurélien FRA Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team 02:02
6 VANSEVENANT Mauri BEL Soudal Quick-Step 02:02
7 MADOUAS Valentin FRA Groupama-FDJ 02:02
8 LUTSENKO Alexey KAZ Astana Qazaqstan Team 02:02
9 BILBAO Pello ESP Bahrain Victorious 02:02
10 PIDCOCK Tom GBR INEOS Grenadiers 02:02
11 LAPEIRA Paul FRA Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team 02:02
12 BENOOT Tiesj BEL Team Visma | Lease a Bike 02:02
13 MOLLEMA Bauke NED Lidl-Trek 02:02
14 ARANBURU Alex ESP Movistar Team 02:02
15 TEUNS Dylan BEL Israel-Premier Tech 02:02
16 COSNEFROY Benoît FRA Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team 02:02
17 HIRSCHI Marc SUI UAE Team Emirates 02:02
18 MARTIN Guillaume FRA Cofidis 02:02
19 IZAGIRRE Ion ESP Cofidis 02:02
20 VLASOV Aleksandr RUS BORA-hansgrohe 02:02
21 BERNAL Egan COL INEOS Grenadiers 02:02
22 TIBERI Antonio ITA Bahrain Victorious 02:02
23 VERMAERKE Kevin USA Team dsm-firmenich PostNL 02:02
24 GRÉGOIRE Romain FRA Groupama-FDJ 02:02
25 JOHANNESSEN Tobias Halland NOR Uno-X Mobility 02:02
26 CARAPAZ Richard ECU EF Education-EasyPost 02:02
27 HEALY Ben IRL EF Education-EasyPost 02:02
28 SKJELMOSE Mattias DEN Lidl-Trek 03:52
29 ALMEIDA Joao POR UAE Team Emirates 03:52
30 POELS Wout NED Bahrain Victorious 03:52
31 DE PLUS Laurens BEL INEOS Grenadiers 04:18

A brilliant Liège-Bastogne-Liège performance on Sunday saw Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) take the win as he proved far too strong for his rivals in La Doyenne. After a jubilant Pogacar raised his arms aloft on the Quai des Ardennes in Liège, he was followed over the finish line by Romain Bardet (Team dsm-firmenich PostNL) 1’39” behind in second and Mathieu Van der Poel (Alpecin – Deceuninck), who headed a bunch sprint for third. Pogacar blasted away from his rivals on La Redoute and went on to secure his sixth Monument title, matching the tally of World Champion Van der Poel.

254.5km of tough racing ahead
The full contingent of 175 riders on the entry list started the 110th edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, departing from the Quai des Ardennes at 10.10am, with 254.5km of tough racing awaiting the peloton over the hard climbs of the last Monument of the spring.

4 + 5 = 9
Gil Gelders (Soudal Quick-Step), Rémy Rochas (Groupama – FDJ), Lilian Calmejane (Intermarché – Wanty) and Paul Ourselin (TotalEnergies) were the four riders who attacked early and they led by 15″ at km 3.5. Fabien Doubey (TotalEnergies), Enzo Leijnse (Team dsm-firmenich PostNL), Christian Scaroni (Astana Qazaqstan Team), Iván Romeo (Movistar Team) and Loïc Vliegen (Bingoal WB) then joined the early breakaway at km 6. Danny van der Tuuk (Equipo Kern Pharma) valiantly chased for several kilometres to join them, though his efforts were eventually unsuccessful, so it was a group of 9 determined riders who stayed clear.

UAE Team Emirates at the front
Pogacar’s UAE Team Emirates colleagues rode with him at the front of the peloton, ensuring they were in control, whilst the bunch was 3’ adrift of the breakaway after 30km of racing. That gap was slightly reduced to 2’35” by km 52, but then steadily grew – and as the breakaway left Bastogne with 155km of racing to go they had a lead of 4’10“.

Crash causes a split
With 100km to go the 9 rider-breakaway’s gap was down to 1’10“ and the riders faced cross-head winds as they made their way north from Bastogne to Liège. Mathieu Van der Poel (Alpecin – Deceuninck) was just behind a crash which involved three riders, Chris Hamilton, Toon Clynhens and Junior Lecerf. Van der Poel was not impacted by that first crash, before another big accident in the bunch with 98km remaining saw him lose ground as the peloton was split in two. A large group was delayed by that crash, notably including Van der Poel and Valentin Madouas. Ahead, the group including Pogacar continued its efforts before approaching the Mont-le-Soie climb.

The breakaway is caught
Leijnse, Calmejane, Vliegen and Romeo could not keep up the pace on the Mont-le-Soie ascent and soon the remaining escapees were chased down. As the surviving breakaway riders started the Côte de Wanne ascent their lead on the peloton was just 14″, but early on that climb they were swallowed up by the peloton. Gelders, Rochas, Scaroni, Doubey and Ourselin caught by the bunch on the first slopes of the Côte de Wanne, at km 166.

Pidcock stops then counter attacks
A mechanical problem for Tom Pidcock (INEOS Grenadiers) saw him stop for a bike change and temporarily fall behind the Van der Poel group. There were around 50 riders in this trailing group – including Van der Poel and Simon Yates (Team Jayco AlUla) – which continued to lose ground, with a 1’10” deficit at km 174, as the UAE Team Emirates kept the pressure on up front. Pidcock recovered and then launched out of the Van der Poel group on the Côte de Stockeu to try to join the Pogacar group and he was followed in that move by Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain – Victorious) and Mauri Vansevenant (Soudal Quick-Step). Rémy Rochas and Romain Grégoire (Groupama – FDJ) also managed to join Pidcock and Vansevenant’s chasing group and 71km from the finish the peloton was all back together.

Pogacar explodes on La Redoute
The teams were fighting for prominence at the front of the peloton ahead of the Côte de La Redoute climb. Then Pogacar exploded on La Redoute at 34.5 km from the finish and was only followed initially by Richard Carapaz (EF Education – EasyPost), who eventually could not stay with him. As he went over the summit of Côte de La Redoute Pogacar was 8″ clear and he increased his advantage on the descent. That lead increased to 50“ within 4km after La Redoute, Pogacar confidently leading the way ahead of a group including Vansevenant, Bernal, Carapaz, Van Gils and Lutsenko.

Counter attack
Several more riders joined the chasing group, namely Healy, Grégoire, Benoot, Vlasov, Skjelmose, Almeida, Hirschi, Bardet, Cosnefroy and Paret-Peintre. Irish champion Healy and the leader of the dsm-firmenich team Bardet set out in pursuit of Pogacar, joined in the chase by Grégoire and Cosnefroy, but they were still 1′ behind the race leader as they reached Côte des Forges. Bardet attacked for second on the final Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons climb and made it on to the podium again after his 3rd place in the Doyenne in 2018. Van der Poel completed the 2024 Liège-Bastogne-Liège podium securing third in a bunch sprint to the line. Maxim Van Gils in 4th and Aurélien Paret-Peintre in 5th completed the top 5.


Key points:
 The 110thLiège–Bastogne–Liège will bring down the curtain on a phenomenal spring classics campaign in which two men have been head and shoulders above the rest. Mathieu van der Poel is set to face his second Old Lady (6th in 2020), in which he hopes to take the fight to the winner of the 2021 edition, Tadej Pogacar.

 However, Tom Pidcock’s triumph in the Amstel Gold Race and Stephen Williams’s victory in La Flèche Wallonne rammed home the point that it is not always a top favourite who wins the race.

 The French contingent will be racing under different banners, with Kevin Vauquelin leading the charge for Arkéa–B&B Hotels, Benoît Cosnefroy for Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale, Guillaume Martin for Cofidis, the triple threat Gaudu-Madouas-Grégoire for Groupama–FDJ and Romain Bardet for dsm–firmenich. The likes of Maxime Van Gils, Santiago Buitrago, Mattias Skjelmose and Tobias Johannessen are also serious contenders.

This Ardennes week has already gone down in history, with Tom Pidcock bagging the first ever British win in the Amstel Gold Race and Stephen Williams following suit in La Flèche Wallonne, where he proved to be the toughest of the 44 riders who overcame a combination of rain, snow, hail and bone-chilling temperatures to finish the race.
They will both be back on the road on Sunday, joined by Simon Yates, making a British treble a distinct possibility. It is easier said than done, however, as Tadej Pogačar and Mathieu van der Poel, the two most successful classics specialists in the current peloton, are returning to action in the last entry of the Ardennes series. The world champion’s second triumph in Roubaix Velodrome brought his monument tally to six, while the ultra-competitive two-time Tour de France winner has been stuck at five since he claimed Il Lombardia last autumn.
The Slovenian champion is always hungry for more, but that does not mean he has got any slower. „Pogi“, in a league of his own in Strade Bianche and the Volta a Catalunya, has only missed the mark once this season, in Milan–San Remo (third). In this bout between two champions with undeniable panache, it remains to be seen who will strike further out on the road to Liège. A fortnight ago, MVDP dropped his rivals in the Orchies cobbled sector, 60km from the line, while Pogačar capped an 80km solo raid in Piazza del Campo in Siena in his first race of the season. Who can do better?

The top-billed fight will feature these two alpha predators, who did not have to cope with the bitter cold on the road to Huy yesterday, but there will be no shortage of riders eager to fish in troubled waters. Both the Amstel Gold Race and La Flèche Wallonne were a stark reminder that the top favourites do not always end up at the top of the podium. Both the polar explorers of Wednesday and some of those who succumbed to the frosty conditions have a real shot at victory on Sunday… provided that they can stop shivering. Dylan Teuns and Mattias Skjelmose are just two examples of riders who have what it takes to vie for the win in mild weather. Among those who were unable to match „Stevie“ on the Mur de Huy are a host of Frenchmen, who represented 50% of the top8… and of the top18! France will be pinning its hopes on Kevin Vauquelin, whose performance in Huy evoked fond memories among the tricolores. In 2015, Julian Alaphilippe made a splash with second place in La Flèche Wallonne, right behind Alejandro Valverde. At the time, he was just a few weeks older than the 22-year-old Norman is now. Romain Grégoire (seventh) also helped put the new French generation on the map, but the old guard made an impact too, with Benoît Cosnefroy in fourth place and Guillaume Martin in tenth. Romain Bardet, who is fighting for the top honours in the Tour of the Alps, will join their ranks in a bid to take another podium spot in Liège (third in 2018).

Liège–Bastogne–Liège is also a key race for the host nation, which hopes to have found potential successors to Remco Evenepoel in Maxim Van Gils, following his third place in Huy, and Tiesj Benoot (ninth). Colombia has yet to taste glory in this race, but Santiago Buitrago, third last year, stood gallantly against the forces of nature yesterday (fifth). Nordic cyclists (with 11Norwegians and Danes among the 44finishers of La Flèche Wallonne) have also been dealt a decent hand, with aces such as Tobias Johannessen (sixth in La Flèche Wallonne) and the winner of the 2019edition, Jakob Fuglsang.

Jayco AlUla: S.Yates (Gbr), Craddock (USA)
Bahrain Victorious: Buitrago (Col), Bilbao (Esp), Poels (Ned)
Soudal Quick-Step: Vansevenant, Van Wilder (Bel)
Lotto Dstny: Kron (DEN),Van Gils (Bel)
Intermarché–Wanty: Calmejane (Fra), Zimmermann (Bel)
Alpecin–Deceuninck: Van der Poel (Ned), Kragh Andersen (Den)
Team Flanders–Baloise: Bonneu,Maris (Bel)
Bingoal–WB: Vliegen, Meens (Bel)
Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale: Cosnefroy, Lapeira (Fra), Gall (Aut)
Groupama–FDJ: Gaudu, Madouas, Grégoire (Fra)
Cofidis: Martin (FRA), J.Herrada, I. Izagirre (Esp)
Arkéa–B&B Hotels: Vauquelin, Champoussin (Fra)
TotalEnergies: Burgaudeau, Doubey (Fra)
BORA–hansgrohe: Higuita (Col), Jungels (Lux), Vlasov

Israel–Premier Tech: Williams (Gbr), Woods (Can), Fuglsang (Den), Teuns (Bel)
Astana Qazaqstan Team: Lutsenko (Kaz), Charmig (Den)
The Netherlands
Team Visma | Lease a Bike: Benoot (Bel), M.van Dijke (Ned)
Team dsm–firmenich PostNL: Bardet (Fra)
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team: Johannessen, Eiking, Leknessund (Nor)
Movistar Team: Formolo (Ita), Aranburu (Esp)
Equipo Kern Pharma: Galván, Ruiz (Esp)
United Arab Emirates
UAE Team Emirates: Pogacar (Slo), Hirschi (Sui), Ulissi (Ita)
The United Kingdom
Ineos Grenadiers: Pidcock (Gbr), Kwiatkowski (Pol), Fraile (Esp)

The United States
Lidl–Trek: Sjkelmose (D), Mollema (Ned), Bagioli (Ita), Skujiņš (Lat)
EF Education–EasyPost: Carapaz (Ecu), Healy (Irl), Powless (USA), Urán (Col)

Fleche Wallone 2024 199km Männer

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Stephen Williams (Israel – Premier Tech) took victory in the 2024 La Flèche Wallonne, making history by becoming the first British winner of the race, with a brilliantly timed finish on the fourth climb of the Mur de Huy. After a race which saw sunshine, torrential rain and even snow, Kévin Vauquelin (Arkea – B&B Hotels) and Maxim Van Gils (Lotto Dstny) were also on the podium, after crossing the finish line in second and third respectively, closely behind the victorious Williams.

A 30th start in Charleroi
174 riders took the start of the 88th edition of the Flèche Wallonne, as Charleroi hosted the start of the race for the 30th time. The 2024 midweek Ardennes classic marked the 40th finish of La Flèche Wallonne atop the Mur de Huy, with the peloton taking on the brutal climb of the famous Chemin des Chapelles on four occasions for the first time ever. Ben Hermans (Cofidis) was finally unable to take the start, in what would have been his 12th participation at Flèche Wallonne, having achieved his best result of 14th on his debut in 2009.

Six riders clear at the front
At km 11 Igor Chzhan (Astana) and Johan Meens (Bingoal WB) joined the four riders already at the front, Lilian Calmejane (Intermarché-Wanty), Alan Jousseaume (TotalEnergies), James Whelan (Q.365) and Txomin Juaristi (Euskaltel-Euskadi), who had been the first attacker in the first kilometre. Aaron Van der Beken (Bingoal WB) tried to go with Meens in the chase to the front group but finally dropped back. Juaristi was also the first rider to reach the summit of Côte d’Yvoir at km 42.7 and the six man breakaway had established an advantage of 4’30“ over the peloton after 50 km of racing.

Difficult weather conditions
The breakaway riders were absolutely drenched by torrential rain as they rode into Huy for the first time and there was even some snowfall. Whelan struggled for several minutes to get his jacket on correctly, but finally managed to do so before the Mur de Huy, although he briefly lost some ground on the other five in the break. As the peloton reached the top of the Mur de Huy for the first of four climbs of this famous ascent, they reduced the gap to the breakaway to 2’. That first ascent of the Mur saw a group of several riders dropped by the peloton, including Aleksandr Vlasov (BORA – hansgrohe) and Mauri Vansevenant (Soudal Quick-Step). After the first Mur de Huy climb Jousseaume was back in the peloton after more than 100km in the breakaway, whilst Dylan Teuns (Israel – Premier Tech), the winner of the 2022 edition, was dropped by the peloton with 75km to go.

Mur de Huy takes its toll
A reduced breakaway of Calmejane, Meens and Juaristi were swallowed up by the bunch, before the riders tackled the Mur de Huuy for the second time. This time it was the big favourites who lost contact with the main peloton: Marc Hirschi, Tom Pidcock, Mattias Skjelmose and David Gaudu were excluded from the group. Valentin Madouas, who took the lead at the Mur summit (km 135.3), was one of the most aggressive, but Soren Kragh Andersen (Alpecin – Deceuninck) launched into a solo attack 60 km from the finish. With 46km of racing to go there were only around 30 riders left in the peloton and they were 1’ behind the solo race leader Kragh Andersen. Meanwhile Markus Hoelgaard (Uno-X Mobility) briefly got 20″ in front of the bunch trying to chase down Kragh Andersen, but his attempt to do so did not last long.

Amazing effort by Kragh Andersen
On the penultimate climb of the Mur Kragh Andersen crossed the summit 1’ ahead of Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain – Victorious) and Richard Carapaz (EF Education – EasyPost), 1’05“ ahead of the peloton led by Kevin Vauquelin (Arkéa – B&B Hotels). Israel – Premier Tech’s Stephen Williams went on the offensive with 28km to go, chasing Kragh Andersen, then a quartet composed of Maxim Van Gils (Lotto Dstny), Vauquelin, Buitrago and Carapaz joined Williams in the chase. Those five chasers were caught by the peloton 17 km from the finish. Kragh Andersen was in turn caught by the peloton on the final Côte d’Ereffe climb with just under 15 km to go, having spent 46 km solo at the front of the race.

Williams is the winner
The 2024 winner Williams timed a late attack perfectly and ultimately shot across the finish line at the top one of the hardest climbs in pro cycling after 198.6km of racing with his historic performance, getting the better of a strong group of 31 riders who battled it out on the Mur de Huy. Vauquelin was so close to the victory, as Williams was just too strong for him in the final metres, with Van Gils in third, followed over the line by Benoit Cosnefroy in fourth and Buitrago in fifth.


3 MAXIM VAN GILS 61 LOTTO DSTNY 04h 40′ 27“ + 00h 00′ 03“
5 SANTIAGO BUITRAGO 103 BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 04h 40′ 27“ + 00h 00′ 03“
6 TOBIAS HALLAND JOHANNESSEN 111 UNO-X MOBILITY 04h 40′ 34“ + 00h 00′ 10“
7 ROMAIN GREGOIRE 163 GROUPAMA-FDJ 04h 40′ 34“ + 00h 00′ 10“
9 TIESJ BENOOT 51 TEAM VISMA | LEASE A BIKE 04h 40′ 34“ + 00h 00′ 10“
10 GUILLAUME MARTIN 46 COFIDIS 04h 40′ 34“ + 00h 00′ 10“
11 CLÉMENT CHAMPOUSSIN 83 ARKEA-B&B HOTELS 04h 40′ 40“ + 00h 00′ 16“
12 TOMS SKUJINS 17 LIDL-TREK 04h 40′ 42“ + 00h 00′ 18“
13 RICHARD CARAPAZ 141 EF EDUCATION – EASYPOST 04h 40′ 44“ + 00h 00′ 20“
14 JORDAN JEGAT 185 TOTALENERGIES 04h 40′ 47“ + 00h 00′ 23“
15 VALENTIN MADOUAS 164 GROUPAMA-FDJ 04h 40′ 48“ + 00h 00′ 24“
16 ILAN VAN WILDER 26 SOUDAL QUICK-STEP 04h 40′ 48“ + 00h 00′ 24“
17 ODD CHRISTIAN EIKING 113 UNO-X MOBILITY 04h 40′ 48“ + 00h 00′ 24“
18 AXEL LAURANCE 131 ALPECIN-DECEUNINCK 04h 40′ 48“ + 00h 00′ 24“
19 QUINTEN HERMANS 132 ALPECIN-DECEUNINCK 04h 40′ 54“ + 00h 00′ 30“
20 TIM VAN DIJKE 56 TEAM VISMA | LEASE A BIKE 04h 40′ 56“ + 00h 00′ 32“
21 ENZO LEIJNSE 74 TEAM DSM-FIRMENICH POSTNL 04h 40′ 56“ + 00h 00′ 32“
22 BRUNO ARMIRAIL 192 DECATHLON AG2R LA MONDIALE TEAM 04h 40′ 56“ + 00h 00′ 32“
23 ANDREAS LEKNESSUND 117 UNO-X MOBILITY 04h 46′ 31“ + 00h 06′ 07“
24 DAVIDE FORMOLO 95 MOVISTAR TEAM 04h 41′ 00“ + 00h 00′ 36“
25 FABIEN DOUBEY 182 TOTALENERGIES 04h 41′ 05“ + 00h 00′ 41“
26 ROGER ADRIA OLIVERAS 212 BORA – HANSGROHE 04h 41′ 07“ + 00h 00′ 43“

Amstel Gold Race Ladies 101km

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1 Vos Marianne Team Visma | Lease a Bike 400 02:35:02
2 Wiebes Lorena Team SD Worx-Protime 320 + 00
3 Gåskjenn Ingvild Liv AlUla Jayco 260 + 00
4 Georgi Pfeiffer Team dsm-firmenich PostNL 220 + 00
5 Longo Borghini Elisa Lidl-Trek 180 + 00
6 Gasparrini Eleonora UAE Team ADQ 140 + 00
7 Moolman-Pasio Ashleigh AG Insurance-Soudal Team 120 + 00
8 Kraak Amber FDJ-SUEZ 100 + 00
9 Kastelijn Yara Fenix-Deceuninck 80 + 00
10 Paladin Soraya CANYON//SRAM Racing 68 + 00
11 Henderson Anna Team Visma | Lease a Bike 56 + 00
12 van Anrooij Shirin Lidl-Trek 48 + 00
13 Curinier Léa FDJ-SUEZ 40 + 00
14 Boilard Simone Uno-X Mobility 32 + 00
15 Garcia Mavi Liv AlUla Jayco 28 + 00
16 Chabbey Elise CANYON//SRAM Racing 24 + 00
17 Rooijakkers Pauliena Fenix-Deceuninck 24 + 00
18 Bauernfeind Ricarda CANYON//SRAM Racing 24 + 00
19 Labous Juliette Team dsm-firmenich PostNL 24 + 00
20 Niewiadoma Katarzyna CANYON//SRAM Racing 24

58. Auflage Amstel Gold Race 254km

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1. Tom Pidcock (GBR) – Ineos Grenadiers 5:58:17
2. Marc Hirschi (SUI) – UAE-Emirates
3. Tiesj Benoot (BEL) – Visma-Lease a Bike
4. Mauri Vansevenant (BEL) – Soudal-Quick Step
5. Paul Lapeira (FRA) – Decathlon-AG2R
6. Valentin Madouas (FRA) – Groupama-FDJ
7. Bauke Mollema (NED) – Ldl-Trek
8. Quentin Pacher (FRA) – Groupama-FDJ
9. Pello Bilbao (ESP) – Bahrain Victorious
10. Michael Matthews (AUS) – Jayco-Alula +0:11
11. Marijn van den Berg (NED) – EF Education-Easypost
12. Romain Grégoire (FRA) – Groupama-FDJ
13. Vito Braet (BEL) – Intermarché-Wanty
14. Roger Adria (ESP) – Bora-Hansgrohe
15. Dylan Teuns (BEL) – Israel-Premier Tech
16. Benoît Cosnefroy (FRA) – Decathlon-AG2R
17. Mattias Skjelmose (DEN) – Lidl-Trek
18. Simone Velasco (ITA) – Astana-Kasachstan
19. Lorenzo Rota (ITA) – Intermarché-Wanty
20. Maxim van Gils (BEL) – Lotto-Dstny
21. Juan Ayuso (ESP) – UAE-Emirates
22. Mathieu van der Poel (NED) – Alpecin-Deceuninck
23. Gianluca Brambilla (ITA) – Q36.5
24. Kevin Vermaerke (USA) – DSM-PostNL
25. Odd Christian Eiking (NOR) – Uno-X

Tom Pidcock (Ineos) gewann das Amstel Gold Race 2024 im 4er-Sprint.
Der Brite wehrte die aufkommenden Marc Hirschi (UAE) und Tiesj Benoot (Visma) erfolgreich ab. Mauri Vansevenant (Soudal), der den Sprint eröffnet hatte, schloss auf dem 4. Platz ab. Die nächsten Verfolger führte nur knapp dahinter Paul Lapeira (Decathlon) ins Ziel. Die Vorentscheidung fiel zwischen 35 und 29 Kilometer vorm Ziel, als sich 12 Fahrer entscheidend absetzten. Das Quartett um den Sieg bildete sich dann gut 13 Kilometer vor Schluss am vorletzten Anstieg, dem Geulhemmerberg.

Für Pidcock war es der heiß ersehnte Sieg beim Amstel Gold Race, bei dem er schon auf dem beiden anderen Stufen des Podests stand – 2021 nach umstrittenen Foto-Finish. Insgesamt war es für Pidock erst der 5. Profisieg auf der Straße. Top-Favorit Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin) verpasste bei seinem Heimrennen den Sprung in die entscheidende Gruppe und konnte am Ende auch kein Feuerwerk mehr abbrennen wie bei seinem Sieg hier 5 Jahre zuvor. Nach den Triumphen in Flandern und Roubaix an den beiden Wochenenden zuvor war der Rückstand zur Spitze auch in der Schlussphase etwas zu weit, auch für einen van der Poel in Top-Form, in der er sich anscheinend nicht mehr befand.

Vorjahressieger Tadej Pogacar (UAE) verzichtete aufgrund seiner Ambitionen beim Giro d’Italia, wäre aber beinah von Hirschi als Nachfolger vertreten worden. Von den weiteren beiden Siegern der letzten Jahre stellte sich Kwiatkowski in Vorbereitung des Angriffs in den Dienst seines Teamkollegen Pidock. Und van Aert, dem Pidcock 3 Jahre zuvor um Haaresbreite unterlag, ist mit gebrochenen Knochen außer Gefecht.

Bei heiter bis wolkigem Wetter und knapp unter Raumtemperatur ging das Amstel Gold Race 2024 über die Bühne. Das frühe Ausreißerquartett – darin van der Sande (Visma), Leijnse (DSM), Hajek (Bora) und Kyffin (TDT) – war schon 74 Kilometer vorm Ziel Geschichte. Einige Kilometer später bildete sich ein neues Spitzentrio aus Honoré (EF), Vervaeke (Soudal) und Lapeira. Diese Trio führte das Rennen knapp an, bis Hirschi rund 35 Kilometer vorm Ziel am unvermeidlichen Eyserbosweg die Vorentscheidung einleitete.

Während Honoré und Lapeira noch vorn verblieben, wurde Vervaeke gestellt. Roger Adria (Bora), Valentin Madouas (Groupama) und Bauke Mollema (Lidl) stiegen Hirschi hinterher. Über die nächsten beiden Anstiege hinweg, Fromberg und Keutenberg, schafften in verschiedenen Gruppen noch Vansevenant, Quentin Pacher (Groupama), Kévin Vauquelin (Arkéa), Pidcock, Benoot und Bilbao den Anschluss – auch an das Spitzenduo mit Lapeira und Honoré.

So fuhr das Dutzend an der Spitze – Pidcock, Hirschi, Benoot, Vansevenant, Lapeira, Mollema, Bilbao, Honoré, Adria, Vauquélin sowie die Teamkollegen Madouas und Pacher – dem Cauberg entgegen, der innerhalb der finalen 19 Kilometer als drittletzter Anstieg wartete. Angesichts der Zusammensetzung an der Spitzengruppe und 45 Sekunden Vorsprung roch es hier schon danach, dass der Sieger aus dieser Gruppe kommen würde. Hirschi knallte in den Cauberg rein. Honoré konnte dieses Tempo nicht mehr mitgehen.

Im Hauptfeld gab es letzte verzweifelte Versuche beispielsweise durch Skjelmose (Lidl) und Matthews (Jayco) – letztlich ohne Effekt. Bei der letzten Zieldurchfahrt 16 Kilometer vor Schluss betrug der Abstand von der Spitze zum ersten Verfolgerfeld um Matthews und van der Poel 32 Sekunden. Vorne löste sich in der nachfolgenden Abfahrt Bilbao. Pidcock und Hirschi schlossen im Geulhemmerberg auf. Dann wuchtete sich auch Vansevenant vor. Mollema führte zunächst den Rest zurück an die Spitze.

Dann attackierte aber kurz vor der Kuppe Hirschi erneut und führte die finale Auslese mit Benoot, Pidcock und Vansevenant herbei. Solo-Versuche durch Bilbao und dann Lapeira, die entstandene Lücke noch zu schließen, scheiterten in der Folgezeit ebenso wie eine organisierte Nachführarbeit.

Im Bemelerberg, dem letzten Anstieg, attackierte Pidcock. Hirschi und Benoot stopften das Loch gemeinsam recht schnell. Vansevenant brauchte dafür etwa 1,5 Kilometer, bis er gut 4 vorm Ziel auch wieder dran war. Auf dem Schlusskilometer begann vorne die Taktiererei, wodurch die inzwischen dezimierte Verfolgergruppe, angeführt von Pacher für Madouas, noch einmal deutlich näher kam.

Da eröffnete Vansevenant extrem früh den Sprint. Benoot ging aus letzter Position rechts, Pidcock aus 2. Postion links an ihm vorbei. Hirschi blieb zunächst hinter Pidcock, der zur Bande fuhr, dann wieder Richtung Mitte. Durch den sich öffnenden Spalt stach Hirschi und kam noch auf ein Vorderrad an Pidcock heran. Benoot fehlte eine Radlänge zum Sieg. Später bei der Siegerehrung schlugen Hirschi und Benoot zurück, als sie das überreichte Bierglas in einem Zug leerten, während Pidcock nur daran nippte.

Von den ehemaligen Begleitern der Top-4 kamen noch Lapeira, Madouas, Mollema, Pacher und Bilbao vor dem Hauptfeld ins Ziel. Matthews sprintete so in die Top-Ten vor Marijn van den Berg (EF) und Romain Grégoire (Groupama). Adria landete auf dem 14. Platz. Vauquélin wurde noch auf den 41. Platz durchgereicht. Van der Poel begnügte sich mit dem 22. Platz.

Paris-Roubaix – 2024 – 260 Km

Alpecin-Deceuninck’s Mathieu Van der Poel delivered a masterpiece in the 2024 Paris-Roubaix, pulling off a long-range solo attack and a number of records that now belong in history. Following his Tour de Flanders victory last Sunday, he becomes the 10th-ever rider to win the cobbled Monument double, and the second-ever to achieve it while wearing the rainbow jersey after Rik van Looy in 1962. His 60-kilometre solo ride to the Vélodrome André Pétrieux becomes the longest winning move in the 21st century, while his 3’00” winning margin is the largest in the last 20 editions of the race. His teammate Jasper Philipsen crossed the finish line 2nd, re-enacting the one-two that Alpecin-Deceuninck already sealed in 2023, with Lidl-Trek’s Mads Pedersen rounding out the podium.

1 VAN DER POEL Mathieu NED Alpecin-Deceuninck 05:25:58
2 PHILIPSEN Jasper BEL Alpecin-Deceuninck 03:00
3 PEDERSEN Mads DEN Lidl-Trek 03:00
4 POLITT Nils GER UAE Team Emirates 03:00
5 KÜNG Stefan SUI Groupama-FDJ 03:15
6 VERMEERSCH Gianni BEL Alpecin-Deceuninck 03:47
7 PITHIE Laurence NZL Groupama-FDJ 03:48
8 MEEUS Jordi BEL BORA-hansgrohe 04:47
9 WÆRENSKJOLD Søren NOR Uno-X Mobility 04:47
10 MIHKELS Madis EST Intermarché-Wanty 04:47
11 DEGENKOLB John GER Team dsm-firmenich PostNL 04:47
12 WRIGHT Fred GBR Bahrain Victorious 04:47
13 VAN GESTEL Dries BEL TotalEnergies 04:47
14 FEDOROV Yevgeniy KAZ Astana Qazaqstan Team 04:47
15 WELLENS Tim BEL UAE Team Emirates 04:47
16 VAN DIJKE Tim NED Team Visma | Lease a Bike 04:47
17 PIDCOCK Tom GBR INEOS Grenadiers 06:20
18 MALECKI Kamil POL Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team 06:22
19 VAN DIJKE Mick NED Team Visma | Lease a Bike 06:22
20 SLOCK Liam BEL Lotto Dstny 06:22
21 KRISTOFF Alexander NOR Uno-X Mobility 06:28
22 TEUNISSEN Mike NED Intermarché-Wanty 06:28
24 NAESEN Oliver BEL Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale 06:28
25 LAPORTE Christophe FRA Team Visma | Lease a Bike 06:28
26 BISSEGGER Stefan SUI EF Education-EasyPost 06:28
27 ABRAHAMSEN Jonas NOR Uno-X Mobility 06:33
28 TILLER Rasmus NOR Uno-X Mobility 07:00
29 BITTNER Pavel CZE Team dsm-firmenich PostNL 07:00
30 GACHIGNARD Thomas FRA TotalEnergies 07:01
31 VAN ASBROECK Tom BEL Israel-Premier Tech 07:16
32 EEKHOFF Nils NED Team dsm-firmenich PostNL 07:16
33 STEIMLE Jannik GER Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team 07:16
34 PAGE Hugo FRA Intermarché-Wanty 07:16
35 ALLEGAERT Piet BEL Cofidis 07:16
36 LAMPAERT Yves BEL Soudal Quick-Step 07:16
37 ASKEY Lewis GBR Groupama-FDJ 07:16
38 JACOBS Johan SUI Movistar Team 07:16
39 DECLERCQ Tim BEL Lidl-Trek 07:16
40 DE PESTEL Sander BEL Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale 07:16
41 GRADEK Kamil POL Bahrain Victorious 07:16
42 VAN LERBERGHE Bert BEL Soudal Quick-Step 07:16
43 VACEK Mathias CZE Lidl-Trek 07:22
44 HAGENES Per Strand NOR Team Visma | Lease a Bike 07:29
45 PLANCKAERT Edward BEL Alpecin-Deceuninck 08:05
46 SARREAU Marc FRA Groupama-FDJ 08:09
47 THEUNS Edward BEL Lidl-Trek 08:40
48 SWIFT Connor GBR INEOS Grenadiers 08:47
49 WALSCHEID Max GER Team Jayco-AlUla 09:34
50 PASQUALON Andrea ITA Bahrain Victorious 09:34
51 BJERG Mikkel DEN UAE Team Emirates 09:34
52 VERMOTE Julien BEL Team Visma | Lease a Bike 09:34
53 HOOLE Daan NED Lidl-Trek 09:34
54 TURGIS Anthony FRA TotalEnergies 09:34
55 DUJARDIN Sandy FRA TotalEnergies 09:34
56 VAN MOER Brent BEL Lotto Dstny 09:34
57 GAUTHERAT Pierre FRA Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale 09:34
58 SWIFT Ben GBR INEOS Grenadiers 09:34
59 PLANCKAERT Baptiste BEL Intermarché-Wanty 09:38

172 riders took the start on the 121st edition of Paris-Roubaix at 11:26, off to ride 259,7 kilometres between Compiègne and the Vélodrome André Pétrieux in Roubaix with 29 cobbled sectors to be covered. 2022 winner Dylan van Baarle (Visma | Lease a Bike) was a last-minute withdrawal, and so were UAE Team Emirates’ Michael Vink and Astana Qazaqstan’s Michael Mørkøv. It took ‘only’ 22 kilometres for Per Strand Hagenes (Visma | Lease a Bike), Rasmus Tiller (Uno X Mobility), Kasper Asgreen (Soudal-Quick Step), Marco Haller (Bora-Hansgrohe), Liam Slock (Lotto-dstny), Gleb Syritsa (Astana Qazaqstan) and Kamil Malecki (Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team) to go clear. Shortly after, Dusan Rajovic (Bahrain Victorius) and Dries de Bondt (Decathlon-Ag2r La Mondiale) also took off in a bid to join the breakaway that was only successful 80 kilometres into the race. A big crash at kilometer 37 meant the end of the race for Lidl-Trek’s Jonathan Milan and Ineos Grenadiers’ Elia Viviani, affecting as well the likes of UAE Team Emirates’ Nils Politt, EF’s Alberto Bettiol and Intermarché’s Laurenz Rex amongst others.

Alpecin-Deceuninck kept the race on a tight leash
54,1 kilometres were covered in the first hour of racing as the riders benefited from remarkable tailwinds. The maximum gap for the break was clocked at 1’40”, 76 kilometres into the race, over a peloton led by Lidl-Trek and Alpecin-Deceuninck. The cobbles started with Sector 29, Troisvilles to Inchy (km 96 – 2,2 km) ***, upon which the break only had 1’25” on a pack that was blown the pieces by Alpecin-Deceuninck’s steady tempo on the pavé. The breakaway was eventually reeled in 120 kilometres into the race by a 40-strong group with Mathieu Van der Poel’s teammates at the helm. Meanwhile, podium contenders such as Visma’s Christophe Laporte, Soudal’s Yves Lampaert, Arkéa’s Luca Mozzato or Movistar’s Oier Lazkano and Iván García Cortina were dropped for good. Josuha Tarling’s race came to an end at sector 24 from Capelle to Ruesnes (km 129,3 – 1,7 km) *** as the race jury disqualified him for holding onto the Ineos Grenadiers’ team car following a puncture.

First attack by Van der Poel in the Arenberg Forest
Lidl-Trek’s Mads Pedersen led the front group into the Trouée d’Arenberg (km 164,4 – 2,3 km) *****, where Mathieu Van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck) launched a powerful acceleration. Only his teammate Jasper Philipsen, Mick van Dijke (Visma | Lease a Bike) and the aforementioned Pedersen could keep up with his effort, that was frustrated just out of the cobbles when Philipsen punctured. The front group reformed, and three riders rose to the occasion to establish a new breakaway out of Sector 18 from Wallers to Hélesmes (km 167.4 — 1.6 km) ***: Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ), Nils Politt (UAE Team Emirates) and Gianni Vermeersch (Alpecin-Deceuninck). The latter did not cooperate as he was protecting the chances of his leader, and the move was shut down by Lidl-Trek with 68 kilometres to go.

The rainbow jersey powered away 60 kilometres from the finish
Vermeersch led the front group into sector 13, Orchies (km 199,5 – 1,7 km) ***, where Van der Poel attacked with 60 kilometres to go to power solo up the road. No one could match his acceleration and the Dutch rider quickly built a sizable gap, clocked at 3’00” with 10 kilometers to go, and therefore defended successfully his 2023 victory. Mads Pedersen (Lidl-Trek), Nils Politt (UAE Team Emirates), Stefan Küng, Laurence Pithie (Groupama-FDJ) and Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) went clear from the chasing group during the Mons-en-Pévèle (km 211,1 – 3 km) ***** cobbled sector, fighting for the two remaining podium spots. Pithie crashed out of contention with 30 kilometers to go, while Küng got dropped in Gruson (km 244,8 – 1,1 km) **. In the three-up sprint that settled things down between the chasers at the Vélodrome, Philipsen took the best of Pedersen and Politt.


Key points :
• The distance covered by cobblestones is slightly longer for the 121st edition of Paris-Roubaix, which will take place on Sunday, April 7. The 29 sectors in the final 165 kilometres total 55.7km (compared with 54.5km in 2023), the largest total in 30 years. The riders will get reacquainted with the Briastre (km 111.5) and Buat hamlet (km 129.5) sectors.
• The 4th edition of Paris-Roubaix Femmes avec Zwift will be contested the day before, with an increased total distance (148.5 km vs. 145.4 km in 2023) but an unchanged programme as far as the cobblestones are concerned: the women will take on the same 17 sectors as the final 29.2 km of the men’s race.
• Based on the most recent reconnaissance of the course, conducted on April 2 by Thierry Gouvenou, Paris-Roubaix race director, and Franck Perque, Paris-Roubaix Femmes avec Zwift race director, the organisers were able to validate the difficulty ratings assigned to each of the race’s cobblestone sectors, assessed based on their length, the irregularity of the cobblestones, the general condition of the section and its location. The five-star rated sectors remain the Trouée d’Arenberg (# 19), Mons-en-Pévèle (# 11) and the Carrefour de l’Arbre (# 4).

The 29 Paris-Roubaix cobbled sectors

29: Troisvilles in Inchy (km 96 – 2,2 km) ***
28: Viesly in Quiévy (km 102,5 – 1,8 km) ***
27: Quiévy in Saint-Python (km 105,1 – 3,7 km) ****
26: Viesly in Briastre (km 111,3 – 3 km) ***
25: Vertain in Saint-Martin-sur-Ecaillon (km 122,6 – 2,3 km) ***
24: Capelle in Ruesnes (km 129,3 – 1,7 km) ***
23: Artres in Quérénaing (km 138,3 – 1,3 km) **
22: Quérénaing in Maing (km 140,1 – 2,5 km) ***
21: Maing in Monchaux-sur-Ecaillon (km 143,2 – 1,6 km) ***
20: Haveluy in Wallers (km 156,2 – 2,5 km) ****
19: Trouée d’Arenberg (km 164,4 – 2,3 km) *****
18: Wallers in Hélesmes (km 170,4 – 1,6 km) ***
17: Hornaing in Wandignies (km 177,2 – 3,7 km) ****
16: Warlaing in Brillon (km 184,7 – 2,4 km) ***
15: Tilloy in Sars-et-Rosières (km 188,2 – 2,4 km) ****
14: Beuvry in Orchies (km 194,5 – 1,4 km) ***
13: Orchies (km 199,5 – 1,7 km) ***
12: Auchy in Bersée (km 205,6 – 2,7 km) ****
11: Mons-en-Pévèle (km 211,1 – 3 km) *****
10: Mérignies in Avelin (km 217,1 – 0,7 km) **
9: Pont-Thibault in Ennevelin (km 220,5 – 1,4 km) ***
8: Templeuve – L’Epinette (km 225,9 – 0,2 km) *
8: Templeuve – Moulin-de-Vertain (km 226,4 – 0,5 km) **
7: Cysoing in Bourghelles (km 232,8 – 1,3 km) ***
6: Bourghelles in Wannehain (km 235,3 – 1,1 km) ***
5: Camphin-en-Pévèle (km 239,8 – 1,8 km) ****
4: Carrefour de l’Arbre (km 242,5 – 2,1 km) *****
3: Gruson (km 244,8 – 1,1 km) **
2: Willems in Hem (km 251,5 – 1,4 km) **
1: Roubaix (km 258,3 – 0,3 km) *

Paris-Roubaix Challenge

Saturday, April 6th 2024 – 24 hours before Paris-Roubaix and a few hours before Paris-Roubaix Femmes avec Zwift, a peloton of 5500 amateur riders will measure themselves on the Queen of the Classics and its fabled cobblestone sectors. Three distances are on offer to cyclists, to suit every taste: 70, 145 and
170 kms. Every rider will find an appropriate legend.

Information and registration on and

ESCAPE FROM HELL – (IV/V) 2016 : Mathew Hayman

2016 : Mathew Hayman
In the end, it’s not always the strongest who wins. Certainly not in cycling, and most definitely not in Paris-Roubaix. On the roads of the Hell of the North, the „strongest“ can just as easily win in the legendary velodrome as get bogged down in the Trouée d’Arenberg. Year after year, the cobblestone crushers crash in the Mons-en-Pévèle sector or collapse in the Carrefour de l’Arbre – and one cannot underestimate the traps of the asphalt either. On these unique roads, an aspirant for glory needs to be strong, but also brave and lucky. Paris-Roubaix smiles on the bold, even those who have been out there the longest. In a race where chaos is always the order of the day, early attackers create unsuspected openings. Conquerors of the Hell of the North, they tell us about their heavenly day on the cobbles.

Mathew Hayman : “I won in the year when I had the least chance”
Is the early breakaway to Roubaix an Australian specialty? Riders from Down Under waited until the turn of the 21st century to impose their panache on the Classic born in 1896 but they’ve done it in unique fashion. Henk Vogels was the first to break into the top 10 (in 1997 and 1998). Then, in 2007, Stuart O’Grady triumphed in the North after attacking in the first hour of the race. Ten editions later, in the spring of 2016, Mathew Hayman joined him on the list of winners, overturning all the predictions.
At 37, the native of Camperdown, an inner western suburb of Sydney, is a seasoned expert on the cobbled Classics, but he’s no guaranteed winner. Prior to his Roubaix triumph, his professional honours list includes the Challenge Mallorca (2001), the Sachsen Tour (2005), the road race at the Commonwealth Games (2006) and Paris-Bourges (2011). He headed into his 15th appearance in the Hell of the North – he will push his tally to 17, a record in the French Monument – with a wealth of experience at all levels of the race (8th in 2012, OTL in 2002), but with little certainty about his form: six weeks earlier, he fractured his right arm on his first cobbled race of the season, the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.
For a month, the Australian stepped on his home-trainer and trained on Zwift. In his garage, he prepared to topple the oracles, dazzled by the stars Fabian Cancellara, Tom Boonen and Peter Sagan. For the first time, Paris-Roubaix was broadcast in its entirety on television, from the start in Compiègne to the finish in the André-Pétrieux velodrome. For six hours, the race was breathtaking and, in this extraordinary setting, Hayman delivered a masterclass, making the breakaway before surviving the return of the favourites and frustrating the legend Boonen.

KM 0. PREPARE FOR BATTLE : “Roubaix was on my mind, but I had a lot of doubts“
“When I broke my arm, the doctors put it in a cast and told me it would be six weeks. I looked at my phone and I said: ‘Okay, that’s one day before Roubaix…’ The team doctor was there and he said: ‘That’s not gonna happen’. You think of all the effort you’ve done for the classics, and it gets taken away… I have a track background, from Australia, and I’m used to training indoors, living in Belgium. Zwift wasn’t so big at the time but I decided to give it a shot. I did a lot of double sessions, there were a couple of days I even did three or four sessions.
Roubaix was on my mind, but I had a lot of doubts. I went and raced in Spain the week-end before Roubaix. I had done four or five days on the road before that. And I had one week left. By that point, I was pretty confident but other people in the team were still unsure. In the recon, I had to do a pretty hard ride. I think I did four and half hours on Wednesday and I went pretty deep to make sure… I had missed a lot. But I was pretty happy on that evening. I had good legs, my arm was holding up and I was gonna start in Roubaix on the Sunday.”

KM 80. MAKE THE BREAK : “It was starting to get hard and I was still pretty fresh”
“Actually, I wasn’t supposed to be in the breakaway. I was supposed to kind of wait longer. We had three riders that were designated to jump with the early breakaway. But we’d been racing 70-80 kilometres and those roads out of Compiègne are quite rolling. It was starting to get hard and I was still pretty fresh because I had just been waiting, sitting in the bunch. I actually went twice. The first time, on a little rise, I thought maybe this is the break and I jumped in. And the next time, I actually already had a teammate, Magnus Cort Nielsen, and I didn’t see that until I had already jumped. The group became bigger and bigger and we were 21 in the end.
The collaboration was really good. There was some good riders in there, really good riders. And most of the guys, when you’re in that situation, you want to make the most of it. We never got a lot of time, about one and half, two minutes. We kind of had to keep pushing but at the same time, we weren’t racing each other for the sectors, except for Arenberg of course. Even then, being a group of 20, still you want to be in the front. But every other sector, we just went onto the sector and just rode. I think that’s where you save the energy.”

KM 198. CONTAIN BOONEN : “Tom really tried to make it hard”
“I was like: ‘Okay, I’m just here to get ahead, first I want to get through the first sector, then I want to get through Arenberg’, and then a big one for me was to get through Mons-en-Pévèle, but we got caught before. Some guys like Fabian [Cancellara] had missed the split and there were more splits in the group. They had also been racing since Arenberg and the guys that came across, by the time they got to me, they were pretty fatigued. Luke Durbridge was among the 15 riders who came back. He was one of the leaders for our team that day. He was looking very strong.
Tom [Boonen] was doing a lot of work, the group was too big and he wanted to thin it out. Onto Orchies, he really tried to make it hard again, he didn’t have so many teammates and I think he wanted to get rid of as many people as possible, and at the end of Orchies, Luke punctured. If he was in front of me, maybe I would have given my wheel but he was already behind and stopped before I could react. And then I was: ‘Oh well, I’m by myself now.’”

KM 257.5. BRING IT HOME : “Coming into the Velodrome, I probably had the smallest palmares”
“On Mons-en-Pévèle, there was a big acceleration, I was caught behind a rider, maybe it was [Marcel] Sieberg… And I could see Sep [Vanmarcke] or Ian Stannard going really fast. I hesitated, I was thinking: ‘I’ve been in the break, maybe I just stay there…’ But I understood I had to go. Still, I didn’t believe I could win. Then on the Carrefour de l’Arbre, I was knocked off the wheel, I managed to come across and that’s when I started believing. Coming into the Velodrome with Sep Vanmarcke, Ian Stannard, Tom Boonen and Edvald Boasson Hagen, I probably had the smallest palmares. But I wasn’t thinking like that, I was just thinking of racing, having moves, covering attacks, trying to get to the finish line.
Then, as soon as I crossed the line, I came back to reality and tried to understand what had happened. In other years, I was in great shape and something always happened. And I always put pressure on myself to have a good race in Roubaix. I knew that when Tom and Fabian accelerated on the cobbles, they were impossible to follow – for me and for everyone else! So I looked for other ways. It’s just a race I fell in love with. And I won it in the year when I had the least chance of doing well.“

Mathew Hayman :
• Born on 20th April 1978 in Camperdown (Australia)
• Sports director for Team Jayco AlUla
• Holds the record for most participations in Paris-Roubaix – 17 :
Winner in 2016 / 8th in 2012 / 10th in 2011

Ronde van Vlaanderen 2024

Männer 271km:

3er Nils Politt (Plomi Foto)

1 VAN DER POEL Mathieu NED Alpecin-Deceuninck 06:05:17
3 POLITT Nils GER UAE Team Emirates 01:02
4 BJERG Mikkel DEN UAE Team Emirates 01:02
5 MORGADO António POR UAE Team Emirates 01:02
6 SHEFFIELD Magnus USA INEOS Grenadiers 01:02
7 NAESEN Oliver BEL Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale 01:02
8 TEUNS Dylan BEL Israel-Premier Tech 01:02
9 BETTIOL Alberto ITA EF Education-EasyPost 01:02
10 SKUJINS Toms LAT Lidl-Trek 01:02
11 MATTHEWS Michael AUS Team Jayco-AlUla 01:02
12 WELLENS Tim BEL UAE Team Emirates 01:16
13 SHEEHAN Riley USA Israel-Premier Tech 02:02
14 MALECKI Kamil POL Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team 02:02
15 BENOOT Tiesj BEL Team Visma | Lease a Bike 02:02
16 MADOUAS Valentin FRA Groupama-FDJ 02:02
17 TARLING Joshua GBR INEOS Grenadiers 02:02
18 LAMPAERT Yves BEL Soudal Quick-Step 02:02
19 TRENTIN Matteo ITA Tudor Pro Cycling Team 02:02
20 WALSCHEID Max GER Team Jayco-AlUla 02:41
21 REX Laurenz BEL Intermarché-Wanty 02:41
22 PEDERSEN Mads DEN Lidl-Trek 02:41
23 VERMEERSCH Gianni BEL Alpecin-Deceuninck 02:41
24 TILLER Rasmus NOR Uno-X Mobility 02:41
25 TEUNISSEN Mike NED Intermarché-Wanty 02:41
26 GARCÍA CORTINA Iván ESP Movistar Team 02:41
27 CAMPENAERTS Victor BEL Lotto Dstny 02:41
29 DOULL Owain GBR EF Education-EasyPost 03:20
30 VAN DIJKE Tim NED Team Visma | Lease a Bike 03:20
31 JORGENSON Matteo USA Team Visma | Lease a Bike 03:38
32 ABRAHAMSEN Jonas NOR Uno-X Mobility 04:29
33 HALLER Marco AUT BORA-hansgrohe 04:29
34 STEIMLE Jannik GER Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team 04:29
35 RUTSCH Jonas GER EF Education-EasyPost 04:29
36 BISSEGGER Stefan SUI EF Education-EasyPost 04:29
37 DEGENKOLB John GER Team dsm-firmenich PostNL 04:29
38 TURNER Ben GBR INEOS Grenadiers 04:29

39 PITHIE Laurence NZL Groupama-FDJ 04:29
40 HAGENES Per Strand NOR Team Visma | Lease a Bike 04:29
41 KÜNG Stefan SUI Groupama-FDJ 04:29

2er Luca Mozzato (Plomi Foto)

Frauen 163km

1 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa ITA Lidl-Trek 04:16:04
2 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna POL CANYON//SRAM Racing 00:00
3 VAN ANROOIJ Shirin NED Lidl-Trek 00:00
4 VOS Marianne NED Team Visma | Lease a Bike 00:09
5 KOPECKY Lotte BEL Team SD Worx-Protime 00:09
6 PIETERSE Puck NED Fenix-Deceuninck 00:09
7 PERSICO Silvia ITA UAE Team ADQ 00:09
8 VOLLERING Demi NED Team SD Worx-Protime 00:15
9 PATERNOSTER Letizia ITA Liv AlUla Jayco 01:40
10 SWINKELS Karlijn NED UAE Team ADQ 01:40
11 WIEBES Lorena NED Team SD Worx-Protime 01:46
12 SIERRA Arlenis CUB Movistar Team 01:46
13 GEORGI Pfeiffer GBR Team dsm-firmenich PostNL 01:46
14 BERTEAU Victoire FRA Cofidis Women Team 01:46
15 DE JONG Thalita NED Lotto Dstny Ladies 01:46
17 VAN EMPEL Fem NED Team Visma | Lease a Bike 01:46
18 PALADIN Soraya ITA CANYON//SRAM Racing 01:46
19 BERTON Nina LUX Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling 01:46
20 NORSGAARD Emma DEN Movistar Team 01:46