They survived Hell !
257 km and 55 km of cobblestones are what this year’s edition of the Hell of the North served up its riders. And one almost has to be on the finish line in the heart of the Roubaix Municipal Velodrome to understand that nothing compares to this race.
Silvan Dillier (AG2R LA MONDIALE) was one of the brave heroes of the day. The Champion of Switzerland, and member of a breakaway that emerged after 30 kilometers, finished 2nd in this epic spring classic. The former Giro d’Italia stage winner who rides with KEO BLADE CARBON pedals savored his podium. « I broke my finger last month, so I wasn’t even planning on riding Paris-Roubaix. It’s incredible… « Dillier’s participation was made possible due to a last-minute withdrawal on the team race roster. Team FORTUNEO-SAMSIC fought bravely. The climber Brice Feillu shares his thoughts on his day in hell, » I started cramping at the end. I tried to keep them under control until the finish, but they completely took over once I made it onto the grass and was getting off the bike. But hey, it’s Paris-Roubaix. It’s great ! «
The Norwegian Sindre Lunke experienced his first cobblestone adventure in Northern France, » It was amazing to see all the people on the road who were shouting and cheering us on. It really is a great motivator to make it all the way to the finish. It was madness in the last cobblestone sections. I even heard a few Norwegians. «
The cobbled Flanders classics page turns in Roubaix, next up, the Ardennes trilogy, Amstel Gold, La Fleche Wallone, and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.