Sunday 22 April 2018

Hayman denies Boonen record

Australian veteran Mathew Hayman. Photo: Kenzo TribouillardAFP/Getty Images
Australian veteran Mathew Hayman. Photo: Kenzo TribouillardAFP/Getty Images

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Australian veteran Mathew Hayman deprived Tom Boonen of a record-breaking fifth Paris-Roubaix title when he won the Queen of the Classics yesterday after the leading favourites got trapped behind a big crash.

The Orica-GreenEDGE rider, 37, outsprinted Belgian Boonen on the final bend of the Roubaix velodrome as British rider Ian Stannard took third after a crash-ridden 257.5-km ride with 52.8 km of cobbled sectors.

Pre-race favourites Peter Sagan and Fabian Cancellara, who was gunning for a fourth title, effectively lost the race when they found themselves on the wrong end of a bunch split after a massive pile-up some 115km from the line.

Swiss Cancellara later crashed on the wet cobbles and finished more than seven minutes behind Hayman on his last Paris-Roubaix before retiring at the end of the season.

Ireland's Ryan Mullen and Matthew Brammeier finished 18.30 behind the leader in 103rd and 105th spot respectively as Sam Bennett finished outside the time limit.

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