Paris-Roubaix: Italian Sonny Colbrelli wins males’s race after late drama

Sonny Colbrelli gained a three-way dash end to assert the win

Italian rider Sonny Colbrelli edged a three-way dash end to win a rain-hit Paris-Roubaix.

Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel and Belgian Florian Vermeersch got here second and third respectively.

Colbrelli, 31, caked in mud after the 258km race, held his bike aloft after crossing the road then collapsed in tears and rolled round on the grass.

“I can not consider it – my first Paris-Roubaix and this occurs,” the Workforce Bahrain rider stated.

“I am very completely satisfied as a result of it was a legendary Paris-Roubaix with the rain. Within the finale, I did a brilliant dash. The Lotto-Soudal rider [Vermeersch] stunned me however I jumped I feel within the final 25m.

“That was shut! In my dream races, Tour of Flanders is first and Paris-Roubaix is second. That is my 12 months. I am very completely satisfied.”

Sonny Colbrelli lifts his bike above his head
Sonny Cobrelli gained the Paris-Roubaix on his debut

His Italian compatriot Gianni Moscon, who completed fourth, had the lead till a puncture and fall from his bike noticed him caught with 16km to go.

“It was spectacular,” Moscon advised Eurosport. “One other Italian gained.”

“Our nation could be completely satisfied anyway. I gave every little thing. Slightly little bit of dangerous luck with the puncture after which I used to be on the restrict, and when you find yourself on the restrict you make errors. I crashed and after they got here from behind I did not have the legs.”

The win prolonged debutant Colbrelli’s unbelievable 12 months after victory within the Benelux Tour, inexperienced jerseys at each the Tour of Romandie and the Dauphine, and success on the European Highway Championships.

The one-day race, nicknamed ‘Hell of the North’, runs over cobbles and tough terrain and was being held for the primary time since 2019 as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.

Britain’s Lizzie Deignan gained the inaugural girls’s race on Saturday.

Paris-Roubaix outcomes

1. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita/Bahrain Victorious) 06:01:57

2. Florian Vermeersch (Bel/Lotto Soudal) Similar time

3. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned/Alpecin-Fenix)

4. Gianni Moscon (Ita/Ineos Grenadiers) +44 secs

5. Yves Lampaert (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep +1min 16secs

6. Christophe Laporte (Fra/Cofidis) Similar time

7. Wout Van Aert (Bel/Jumbo-Visma)

8. Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel/Israel Begin-up Nation)

9. Guillaume Boivin (Can/Israel Begin-up Nation)

10. Heinrich Haussler (Aus/Bahrain Victorious)

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