Sonny Colbrelli beats Florian Vermeersch and Mathieu van der Poel to take Paris-Roubaix victory
Oct 03 2021 11:32 pm CET

Sonny Colbrelli beats Florian Vermeersch and Mathieu van der Poel to take Paris-Roubaix victory
Sonny Colbrelli beats Florian Vermeersch and Mathieu van der Poel to take Paris-Roubaix victory
Paris-Roubaix

Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) has taken the win of Paris-Roubaix at a final sprint against Florian Vermeersch and Mathieu van der Poel.

By: Maritza Cárdenas

The 118th edition of the Hell of the North was 257.7 kilometres long, with a start in Compiegne and a finish at the iconic Velodrome of Roubaix. A group of around 29 riders formed the first scape on a rainy day and included names like Tim Declercq, Jasper Philipsen, Greg Van Avermaet, Marco Haller and Luke Durbridge.

After the first cobblestone sectors, this group was reeled back in and several breakaways were formed and neutralised in the next kilometres. With more than 60 kilometres to go, Florian Vermeersch (Lotto-Soudal), Tom Van Asbroeck, and Gianni Moscon (Ineos-Grenadiers), escaped while riders like Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) and Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Victorious) formed a chasing group, and behind them, there was another group that included Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma).

Several riders crashed throughout the race, like Stefan Küng, and former Paris-Roubaix champions Peter Sagan and John Degenkolb.

With around 50 kilometres to go, Moscon attacked and went on by himself, creating a gap of more than a minute with the rest. But luck wasn't on the side of the Italian, and soon after he suffered from a puncture and then a crash. Although the rider didn't give up, at the Carrefour de l'Arbre he was caught by Van der Poel, Colbrelli and Vermeersch, who left him behind moments later.

Behind them, the group of Van Aert seemed to remain at a stable gap of around one minute. With three kilometres to go, Vermeersch tried his luck, but was reeled back in soon after by his two companions. The three riders arrived to the Velodrome together and the European champion showed to be better at the final sprint, leaving Vermeersch and Van der Poel in the second and third position, respectively.






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