Jin Long (Skil-Shimano) was the first-ever Chinese rider participating in Paris-Roubaix. His history-making debut lasted for four of the 27 cobble stone sections. The rough terrain was a new experience for Long.
"I didn't have much experience with the pavé. I did some races in Belgium, but the cobbles there are not comparable," he said to Sportwereld.
His relatively early exit had a simple explanation. "I was working hard for the team early on. The first 100 km were ok, but of course then we didn't have to ride over cobbles yet. Afterwards it was tougher."
Despite the rough experience Long is ready to come back. "Next year I already know better what to expect."