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Long-range Longo Borghini wins dusty Paris-Roubaix

In stark contrast to the 2021 mud-fest, the second edition of the women’s race was contested in bone-dry conditions.

Elisa Longo Borghini celebrates (file pic).
Elisa Longo Borghini celebrates (file pic).
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ELISA LONGO Borghini of Trek-Segafredo won a dusty edition of cycling’s Paris-Roubaix women’s race on Saturday after a 124km run featuring 17 sections of cobbled mining roads.

The 30-year-old Italian champion powered to a solo triumph after taking the lead with 30km to go with a blistering turn of pace just after a previous break had been caught.

Lotte Kopecky of SD Worx won the sprint for second in the Roubaix velodrome while Lucinda Brand of Trek-Segafredo was third as six riders finished just 23 seconds behind Longo Borghini.

The Olympic bronze medallist sat with her face buried in her hands at the finish line before dedicating the win to a long list of her family members and her team Trek.

“I didn’t think I was ready, I didn’t think that I wanted to do it. They kept saying, ‘we know you are ready and capable of doing this.’ I have to say that they were right,” she said.

It was a second straight win for Trek after British rider Lissie Deignan triumphed in a deluge in 2021.

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In stark contrast to the 2021 mud-fest, the second edition of the women’s race was contested in bone-dry conditions and clouds of dust caused by many riders using the dirt paths that run alongside the cobbled sections.

Pre-race favourite Marianne Vos tested positive for Covid on Saturday morning while another fancied rider Elisa Balsamo was disqualified after using the tailwind from a team car to catch the pack after a flat tyre.

– © AFP 2022

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