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Andrea Tafi (Saunier Duval)
Andrea Tafi (Saunier Duval) rolled in at the back of the main peloton in 42nd place after riding his...
Andrea Tafi (Saunier Duval) rolled in at the back of the main peloton in 42nd place after riding his final Paris-Roubaix. The giant 39 year-old Tuscan won this race in 1999, but is in his final month (or months) as a pro.
Tafi told Italian TV after the race, "I have such a big emotion now, but I'm sorry I didn't do better today...in my career, I've had so many beautiful emotions and winning here (in Roubaix 1999) was the greatest moment of my career. Last night I wasn't feeling that good and so when you aren't good, that's that. But I really want to thank everyone who's supported me."
Tafi was "rewarded" with a SFR200 fine because he wore a non-standard jersey (his Saunier Duval jersey had a cobblestone motif on it). His team was fined SFR500 for the same offence.