Hayman wins Paris-Roubaix

Orica-GreenEdge rider out-sprints Boonen in breakaway sprint

Mathew Hayman (Orica-GreenEdge) caused a huge upset by beating Tom Boonen (Etixx-QuickStep) in the sprint in one of the most memorable editions of Paris-Roubaix in recent memory. Hayman looked stunned, and almost unbelieving, by his victory, bursting into tears once he realised what he had achieved.

Ian Stannard (Team Sky) tried to come around from the back of the group but didn’t quite have the legs and finished third. Sep Vanmarcke (LottoNL-Jumbo), who had been the most aggressive in the finale, just missed the podium and finished fourth, with Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) in fifth.

“I can’t believe it. I broke my arm five weeks ago and I missed all the racing, I raced in Spain last week,” Hayman said. “This is my favourite race. It is the race I dreamed of winning.”

It was Hayman’s 16th appearance at the Hell of the North, previously finishing eighth in 2012, and he was the underdog in an elite five-man group that came to the line. The riders were already part of a select group that did not include pre-race favourites Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) and Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo). They went clear on the Camphin-en-Pévèl sector after an attack from Stannard distanced much of their group.

The tension ramped up as the cobbled sectors ticked down. Knowing that his chances in a sprint were small, Vanmarcke kicked and made the first serious attack from this small group on the Carrefour de l’Arbe. At first it appeared he had his rivals in trouble, as they scrambled to mount a chase. As they looked to have him pegged, the Belgian kicked again but he was finally brought back after the next sector of cobbles.

Thus ensued a series of attacks and counter attacks, each turning the wick up just a little bit more. It was Hayman and Boonen that entered the velodrome first but a strong chase from Vanmarcke saw him bridge the gap. As the bell tolled, their number had swelled to five again and Hayman wound up the sprint.

It looked like Hayman had gone too early as Boonen sat in his wheel ready to pounce. Stannard tried to go for a long one around the outside but it was too much for him as Hayman and Boonen went head to head. Boonen appeared to get boxed in briefly and was unable to close the gap when he did finally wriggle free, leaving Hayman to take the biggest victory of his career.

Sagan came over the line over two minutes down, just missing out on a top-10 finish. There was no fairy tale for Cancellara, who had crashed earlier and he finished over seven minutes down. To add insult to injury, he hit the deck again in the velodrome while riding around with a Swiss flag.

How it unfolded

After the rollout from sunny Compiegne at 10:50 a.m. countless accelerations came after the official start was given just outside the city centre. Jacopo Guarnieri (Katusha) was the only non-starter.

A first breakaway group of six riders was caught back before Noyon, after 20 kilometres of racing but the speed remained high. Stijn Devolder (Trek-Segafredo) sparked a large and strong breakaway move of 25 riders when exiting Noyon. The group also featured late call up Phil Gaimon (Cannondale) and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and a tailwind meant a high-speed start to the race. However, their lead of half a minute was soon neutralized. A few more small breakaway attempts followed but without success. After 67 kilometres of high-speed racing the riders were back together.

Straight away a new group of 16 riders attacked. They reached the first pavé sector (#27) with a lead of a minute, despite the work from Etixx-QuickStep and Bora-Argon.

Team Sky led the peloton over the first pavé sections, keeping the gap under control and more importantly, keeping their riders safe.

After five pavé sectors had distanced some riders, the break held a two-minute lead over the peloton. The riders up front were Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie), Matthew Hayman and Magnus Cort Nielsen (Orica-GreenEdge), Tim Declercq (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Frederik Backaert (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Borut Bozic (Cofidis), Marko Kump (Lampre), Salvatore Puccio (Sky), Johan Le Bon (FDJ), Maxime Daniel (AG2R), Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (Dimension Data), Tour of Flanders star Imanol Erviti (Movistar) and Yaroslav Popovych (Trek-Segafredo), who will retired after today’s race.

The leaders extended their lead up to a maximum of 3:45 at sector 20. Just before that sector there was a crash in the peloton. Etixx-QuickStep reacted by charging forward with Guillaume Van Keirsbulck and Tony Martin. The peloton was split up into multiple groups with Cancellara, Sagan and Terpstra featuring in the peloton that trailed the large group that included big names like Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard, Sep Vanmarcke, Zdenek Stybar, Edvald Boasson Hagen and Tom Boonen.

The gap between the two groups quickly grew to a minute when starting sector 19 from Haveluy to Wallers. The breakaway group was 2:40 ahead. Tony Martin did a huge pull on this sector, dropping most of the riders in the group. Only Boonen, Robert Wagner, Stannard, Boasson Hagen and Luke Durbridge followed, sparking a race within the race.

Forest of Arenberg

Boonen led the group over the long cobbled sector of the famous Trouée Arenberg. Cancellara did the same in the peloton with Daniel Oss (BMC), Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) and Nikki Terpstra (Etixx-QuickStep) and the others on his wheel.

After the Arenberg Forest the break had a lead of 1:15 on the Boonen group. The Vanmarcke and Rowe group was 20 seconds further back. The peloton, with Cancellara and Sagan, was more than a minute behind the Boonen group. An isolated world champion accelerated a couple of times to get the speed up in the peloton but their chances seemed compromised.

Just before starting sector 16 the Boonen group and the chase group with Vanmarcke and Rowe merged to change the race yet again. At that moment the 13 riders in the break had just under a minute on the Boonen group of 19 riders. The peloton was following at nearly two minutes from the leaders. Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) managed to get the gap down to 35 seconds on the Boonen group when exiting sector 14 at 64 kilometres from the finish. At that moment Popovych sat up in the break to work for Cancellara in the peloton.

After coming off the cobbles of sector 13 from Beuvry to Orchies the early break were caught by the Boonen group. The Sagan-Cancellara peloton was 50 seconds down on the large lead group, as Team Sky tried to put set the pace up front.

Cancellara unleashed his devils on Orchies’ sector 12, with Sagan following swiftly but a little later disaster struck the Sky team on sector 11. One moment they were leading the group with three riders. A few moments later three of their riders were down on the ground. First Moscon and Rowe crashed when coming off the cobbles. Later Puccio missed his corner on the cobbles. Only Stannard remained in front.

Cancellara crashes

A Vanmarcke acceleration brought down the numbers in the front group on the feared cobbles of Mons-en-Pévèle. About 45 seconds further back Cancellara was sitting behind two Giant-Shimano riders when riding through a muddy section on the cobbles. Cancellara’s bike slipped off the crown of the cobbles and the Swiss rider crashed. Sagan somehow managed to get himself and his bike over Cancellara without crashing himself. Terpstra, a Sky rider and several others were less successful and crashed too.

After the chaos the seven remaining leaders had a bonus of one minute on the Sagan group and three minutes on a battered Cancellara. The leaders were Boonen, Erviti, Stannard, Boasson Hagen, Erviti, Vanmarcke, Hayman. On sector 8 Aleksejs Saramotins (IAM Cycling) with Rowe, Sieberg and Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling) managed to bridge back up, creating a lead group of ten riders.

At thirty kilometres from the finish the leaders still had a bonus of a minute on the Sagan chase group.

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Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge5:51:53 
2Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
3Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky  
4Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
5Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data0:00:03 
6Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling0:01:00 
7Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal  
8Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling  
9Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:07 
10Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:20 
11Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team  
12Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
13Oliver Naesen (Bel) IAM Cycling  
14Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky  
15Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
16Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
17Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin  
18Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:04:40 
19Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:05:48 
20Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:06:18 
21Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
22Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
23Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
24Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Bora-Argon 18  
25Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
26Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
27Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:06:28 
28Maxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:12 
29Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin  
30Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data  
31Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
32Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
33Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky  
34Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
35Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal0:07:24 
36Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
37Borut Bozic (Slo) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
38Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky0:07:26 
39Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo0:07:35 
40Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek-Segafredo  
41Stefan Kueng (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:11:14 
42Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
43Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-GreenEdge  
44Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data  
45Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
46Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:12:55 
47Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:14:22 
48Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha0:14:23 
49Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team  
50Michael Morkov (Den) Team Katusha  
51Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team  
52Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
53Jesse Sergent (NZl) AG2R La Mondiale  
54Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
55Scott Thwaites (GBr) Bora-Argon 18  
56Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling  
57Kenny De Haes (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
58Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie  
59Vicente Reynes (Spa) IAM Cycling  
60Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) IAM Cycling  
61Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky  
62Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
63Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team  
64Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
65Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal  
66Sebastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
67Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha  
68Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
69Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team  
70Jack Bauer (NZl) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
71Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
72Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data  
73Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff Team  
74Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff Team  
75Francis Mourey (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
76Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step  
77Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge0:14:48 
78Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
79Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
80Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:16:52 
81Christophe Laborie (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
82Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon 18  
83Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ  
84Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
85Marko Kump (Slo) Lampre - Merida0:16:57 
86Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek-Segafredo  
87Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:18:30 
88Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 18  
89Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
90Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
91Robin Stenuit (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
92Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
93Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
94Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
95Steven Tronet (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
96Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
97Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
98Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo  
99Vegard Breen (Nor) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
100Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
101Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha  
102Gregory Rast (Swi) Trek-Segafredo  
103Ryan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
104Sander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
105Matt Brammeier (Irl) Dimension Data  
106Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre - Merida  
107Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie  
108Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
109Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
110Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step  
111Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale  
112Marc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ  
113Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team  
114Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
115Iljo Keisse (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
116Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:18:42 
117Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data0:24:45 
118Twan Castelijns (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
119Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-GreenEdge  
DNFYannick Martinez (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFMartin Laas (Est) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFBenjamin Giraud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFFredrik Strand Galta (Nor) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFRomain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFMikel Aristi (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFPhillip Gaimon (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
DNFFrancisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFJasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team  
DNFDayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team  
DNFNelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team  
DNFJavier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFJuan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFJorge Arcas Pena (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFFederico Zurlo (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
DNFXu Gang (Tpe) Lampre - Merida  
DNFRoberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
DNFChun Kai Feng (Tpe) Lampre - Merida  
DNFMario Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida  
DNFDavide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
DNFTyler Farrar (USA) Dimension Data  
DNFNick Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data  
DNFStijn Steels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFJonas Rickaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFTim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFAlexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFJulien Morice (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFFabien Grellier (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFSylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFBoris Vallee (Bel) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFDaniel Mclay (GBr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFYauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFFranck Bonnamour (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFOlivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ  
DNFIgnatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJ  
DNFDaniel Hoelgaard (Nor) FDJ  
DNFMurilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ  
DNFMickael Delage (Fra) FDJ  
DNFMatthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ  
DNFNico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFSebastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFBoy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFStijn Devolder (Bel) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFTom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFMichael Van Staeyen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFKenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFGert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFMichal Kolár (Cze) Tinkoff Team  
DNFMichael Gogl (Aut) Tinkoff Team  
DNFOscar Gatto (Ita) Tinkoff Team  
DNFAdam Blythe (GBr) Tinkoff Team  
DNFMichael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFAlexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha  
DNFNils Politt (Ger) Team Katusha  
DNFVladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha  
DNFJelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFJasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFElia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky  
DNFChristian Knees (Ger) Team Sky  
DNFAndrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky  
DNFSvein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge  
DNFMitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
DNFSam Bewley (NZl) Orica-GreenEdge  
DNFRoger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling  
DNFGatis Smukulis (Lat) Astana Pro Team  
DNFArman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFDmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFMaxat Ayazbayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFLars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro Team  
DNFManuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
DNFDaniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
DNFNiki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx - Quick-Step  
DNFNikolas Maes (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
DNFLars Van Der Haar (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
DNFSoren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Giant-Alpecin  
OTLRyan Anderson (Can) Direct Energie  
OTLMatthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling  
OTLSam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18  
OTLMarco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
DNSJacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha  

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