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Women make history at first-ever Paris-Roubaix Femmes - Gallery

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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 A general view of the peloton prior to the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

The women toe the start line at the first Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Sarah Roy of Australia and Team BikeExchange prior to the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Australian Champion Saray Roy (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisa Balsamo of Italy and Team Valcar Travel Service World Champion Jersey prepares for the race prior to the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

World Champion Elisa Balsamo (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 LR Sarah Roy of Australia and Team BikeExchange Georgia Williams of New Zealand and Team BikeExchange Alison Jackson of Canada and Team Liv Racing Amy Pieters of Netherlands and Team SD Worx and Lotte Kopecky of Belgium and Team Liv Racing prepare for the race prior to the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Dutch Champion Amy Pieters, Belgian Champion Lotte Kopecky, and Canadian Champion Alison Jackson (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Ellen Van Dijk of Netherlands Audrey CordonRagot of France Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom Lauretta Hanson of Australia Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy Trixi Worrack of Germany and Team Trek Segafredo during the team presentation prior to the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Lizzie Deignan waves to the crowds at sign-in on the stage at the start of Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisa Balsamo of Italy World Champion Jersey Chiara Consonni of Italy Vittoria Guazzini of Italy Elena Pirrone of Italy Ilaria Sanguineti of Italy Margaux Vigie of France and Team Valcar Travel Service during the team presentation prior to the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

World Champion Elisa Balsamo and Valcar Travel & Service at Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Ellen Van Dijk of Netherlands and Team Trek Segafredo competes during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

European Champion Ellen van Dijk at Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Detailed view of fork blade in Jumbo Visma Team bike prior to the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Jumbo-Visma bike and tire choice for Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Detailed view of Marianne Vos of Netherlands and Jumbo Visma Team jersey prior to the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Marianne Vos ahead of the first Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Detailed view of route profile in a head set prior to the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Detailed view of route profile in a head set prior to the 1st Paris-Roubaix Femmes 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisa Balsamo of Italy and Team Valcar Travel Service world champion rainbow jersey competes during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Newly-crowned World Champion Elisa Balsamo racing in the first Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 LR Lauretta Hanson of Australia and Team Trek Segafredo Trixi Worrack of Germany and Team Trek Segafredo and Malle Grossetete of France and Team FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope compete during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Lauretta Hanson leads the field at the start of Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 A general view of the peloton competes through Warlaing Brillon cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

The peloton racing by the corn fields at Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Lauren Stephens of United States and Team TIBCO Silicon Valley Bank competes through Hornaing Wandignies cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

US Champion Lauren Stephens from gravel to cobble racing at Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Pauline Allin of France and Arkea Pro Cycling Team competes through Hornaing Wandignies cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Teniel Campbell racing with BikeExchange at the first Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo competes through Hornaing Wandignies cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) makes her winning attack at the start of the first cobbled sector, Hornaing à Wandignies, at 30km into the race (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 LR Lotte Kopecky of Belgium and Team Liv Racing and Christine Majerus of Luxembourg and Team SD Worx compete through Hornaing Wandignies cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Christine Majerus (SD Worx) leads the chase at Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Detailed view of a poster announcing the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

The start of Paris-Roubaix Femmes in Denain, France (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Detail view of a sign marking the departure during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Denain hosted the start of the first ever Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elizabeth Bennett of United Kingdom and Team DropsLe Col Supported By Tempur and teammate crash through Warlaing Brillon cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Drops-le Col crash on the pavé at Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Annemiek Van Vleuten of Netherlands and Movistar Team Pink UCI Womens WorldTour Leader Jersey competes through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Annemiek van Vleuten struggles over the cobbles at Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Alana Castrique of Belgium and Team Lotto Soudal Ladies competes through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

The fans were out on the side of the cobble sectors to watch the first Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Lauren Stephens of United States and Team TIBCO Silicon Valley Bank competes through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

US Champion Lauren Stephens (TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank) on the pavé at Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Emma Boogaard of Netherlands and Team Coop Hitec Products competes through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Emma Boogard (Drops) tries to work her way forward over the cobbles after splits in the field at Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Lotte Kopecky of Belgium and Team Liv Racing leads the peloton through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Begian Champion Lotte Kopecky leads the peloton chasing Lizzie Deignan (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Detailed view of the peloton compete through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Rain fell in the days leading up to Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Alice Barnes of United Kingdom and Team Canyon SRAM Racing competes through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Alice Barnes, British Champion, racing Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo competes through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Lizzie Deignan's gap grew to 2:40 minutes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 A general view of Lotte Kopecky of Belgium and Team Liv Racing Aude Biannic of France and Movistar Team and the peloton compete through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

There were a lot of wet and muddy areas to contend with during the race (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 A general view of Ellen Van Dijk of Netherlands and Team Trek Segafredo Audrey CordonRagot of France and Team Trek Segafredo Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy and Team Trek Segafredo Marianne Vos of Netherlands and Jumbo Visma Team Teuntje Beekhuis of Netherlands and Jumbo Visma Team Romy Kasper of Germany and Jumbo Visma Team Riejanne Markus of Netherlands and Jumbo Visma Team Chantal Van Den Broek Blaak of Netherlands and Team SD Worx Christine Majerus of Luxembourg and Team SD Worx Amy Pieters of Netherlands and Team SD Worx Aude Biannic of France and Movistar Team Emma Norsgaard Jorgensen of Denmark and Movistar Team Leah Thomas of United States and Movistar Team Lisa Brennauer of Germany and Ceratizit WNT Pro Cycling Team Franziska Koch of Germany and Team DSM Marta Cavalli of Italy and Team FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope Marta Bastianelli of Italy and Team Ale Btc Ljubljana Sarah Roy of Australia and Team BikeExchange Maria Martins of Portugal and Team DropsLe Col Supported By Tempur and Marjolein Van T Geloof of Netherlands and Team DropsLe Col Supported By Tempur compete in the chase group passing through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

The reduced group winding its way through the fields in northern France (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Lotte Kopecky of Belgium and Team Liv Racing competes through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Belgian Champion Lotte Kopecky (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 LR Chantal Van Den Broek Blaak of Netherlands and Team SD Worx and Jeanne Korevaar of Netherlands and Team Liv Racing compete through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope lead the field over the cobbles (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Maria Martins of Portugal and Team DropsLe Col Supported By Tempur competes through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Maria Martins racing for Drops LeCol at Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisa Balsamo of Italy and Team Valcar Travel Service world Champion Jersey crashes in cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

World Champion Elisa Balsamo crashes during Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Amy Pieters of Netherlands and Team SD Worx competes through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Dutch Champion Amy Pieters chasing at Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisa Balsamo of Italy and Team Valcar Travel Service world Champion Jersey crashes in cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Elisa Balsamo struggles to stay on her bike over the muddy cobbles and gets service from neutral support (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Lisa Brennauer of Germany and Ceratizit WNT Pro Cycling Team competes through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

German Champion Lisa Brennauer (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Aude Biannic of France and Movistar Team competes during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

French rider Aude Biannic (Movistar) racing on home soil at Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Romy Kasper of Germany and Jumbo Visma Team competes during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Marta Bastianelli ended up finishing in fifth place (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Leah Thomas of United States and Movistar Team competes through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Leah Thomas (Movistar) crashed during Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Christine Majerus of Luxembourg and Team SD Worx competes through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Christine Majerus using her cyclo-cross skills (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Lauretta Hanson of Australia and Team Trek Segafredo suffers a mechanical problem in cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Lauretta Hanson (Trek-Segafredo) crashed mid-race with Leah Thomas (Movistar) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo competes in the breakaway through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Lizzie Deignan flying over the cobbles ... looking very comfortable (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Marta Cavalli of Italy and Team FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope and Ellen Van Dijk of Netherlands and Team Trek Segafredo compete through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Marta Cavalli (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 LR Emma Norsgaard Jorgensen of Denmark and Movistar Team Lisa Brennauer of Germany and Ceratizit WNT Pro Cycling Team and Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy and Team Trek Segafredo compete during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Italian Champion Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) followed by Emma Norsgaard (Movistar), both crashed during the race (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 LR Amy Pieters of Netherlands and Chantal Van Den Broek Blaak of Netherlands and Team SD Worx compete through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Chantal van den Broek Blaak (SD Worx) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo competes in the breakaway through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Etienne Garnier PoolGetty Images

Lizzie Deignan pushing after more than 82km off the front solo at Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Marianne Vos of Netherlands and Jumbo Visma Team chasing the breakaway during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Etienne Garnier PoolGetty Images

Marianne Vos in a desperate chase to try and catch Lizzie Deignan (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy and Team Trek Segafredo competes through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Elisa Longo Borghini racing in third place (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Marianne Vos of Netherlands and Jumbo Visma Team competes through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Marianne Vos chasing Lizzie Deignan in the closing kilometres of Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Marianne Vos of Netherlands and Jumbo Visma Team chasing the breakaway during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Etienne Garnier PoolGetty Images

Marianne Vos took back a minute to Lizzie Deignan but it was not enough (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo competes in the breakaway through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Lizzie Deignan fights to stay ahead of a chasing Marianne Vvos (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo competes in the breakaway during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Lizzie Deignan give it everything to win Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo arriving at the Roubaix Velodrome Vlodrome Andr Ptrieux before crossing the finish line in the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Lizzie Deignan rounds the velodrome in Roubaix, hearing the bell that signalled one remaining lap (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo celebrates winning in the Roubaix Velodrome Vlodrome Andr Ptrieux during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Lizzie Deignan takes the victory at the first Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Marianne Vos of Netherlands and Jumbo Visma Team crosses the finishing line on second place in the Roubaix Velodrome Vlodrome Andr Ptrieux during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Marianne Vos crosses the line in second place (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy and Team Trek Segafredo celebrates the victory of her teammate Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo in the Roubaix Velodrome Vlodrome Andr Ptrieux during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Elisa Longo Borghini finishes third but raises an arm to celebrate Deignan's victory for Trek-Segafredo (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Audrey CordonRagot of France and Team Trek Segafredo crosses the finishing line in the Roubaix Velodrome Vlodrome Andr Ptrieux during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

French rider Audrey Cordon-Ragot at Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Emma Norsgaard Jorgensen of Denmark and Movistar Team crosses the finishing line in the Roubaix Velodrome Vlodrome Andr Ptrieux during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Marta Bastianelli wins the sprint for fifth place (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Lisa Brennauer of Germany and Ceratizit WNT Pro Cycling Team crosses the finishing line in the Roubaix Velodrome Vlodrome Andr Ptrieux during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

German Champion Lisa Brennauer in fourth (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 LR Teniel Campbell of Trinidad and Tobago and Team BikeExchange and Jessica Allen of Australia and Team BikeExchange reacts to cross the finishing line in the Roubaix Velodrome Vlodrome Andr Ptrieux during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Teniel Campbell and Jessica Allen (Image credit: Tim De Waele/Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom celebrates winning with her teammates Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy and Audrey CordonRagot of France and Team Trek Segafredo during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Etienne Garnier PoolGetty Images

Trek-Segafredo celebrate the victory at Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo celebrates winning in the Roubaix Velodrome Vlodrome Andr Ptrieux during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Etienne Garnier PoolGetty Images

Lizzie Deignan after winning Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 LR Marianne Vos of Netherlands and Jumbo Visma Team on second place stage winner Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo and Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy and Team Trek Segafredo on third place pose with trophies on the podium during the podium ceremony after the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Lizzie Deignan, Marianne Vos and Elisa Longo Borghini on the podium at Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 LR Marianne Vos of Netherlands and Jumbo Visma Team on second place stage winner Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo and Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy and Team Trek Segafredo on third place pose with trophies on the podium during the podium ceremony after the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Lizzie Deignan, Marianne Vos and Elisa Longo Borghini on the podium at Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Detailed view of Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo holding the trophy on the podium ceremony after the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

The famous cobble trophy presented to Lizzie Deignan as the winner of the first-ever Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo holding the trophy on the podium ceremony after the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

The famous cobble trophy presented to Lizzie Deignan as the winner of the first-ever Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Detailed view of Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo holding the trophy on the podium ceremony after the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

The famous cobble trophy presented to Lizzie Deignan as the winner of the first-ever Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Detailed view of Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo with the trophy on the podium ceremony after the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

The famous cobble trophy presented to Lizzie Deignan as the winner of the first-ever Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)

There were 129 women who made history as they toed the start line for the first-ever Paris-Roubaix Femmes on October 2. Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) secured an astonishing 82km solo victory and went down in history as the first woman to win the Hell of the North.

The race started in Denain under damp weather conditions but the celebratory vibes were plentiful as riders prepared for the start, many surrounded by cameras and media documenting the first moments of the historical day.

The first half of the race was not shown live on television when Deignan made her winning attack just ahead of the first cobbled sector, Hornaing à Wandignies, at 30km into the race.

Deignan would gain a maximum of 2:40 on the shattered peloton behind before a desperate chase from Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma), who eventually finished second.

The women raced 29.2km of pavé spread across 17 cobblestone sectors, which included two five-star sectors - Mons-en-Pévèle at 67km mark and Carrefour de l'Arbre at the 98.5km mark - before the famed velodrome-finish in Roubaix.   

Rain fell in the days prior to the race and then on-and-off showers during the day of the event making the cobble sectors muddy and slippery. Crashes ended the hopes of many of the competitors including Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar), who sustained fractures to her pelvis and shoulder, and Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo), who had a concussion. Even new World Champion Elisa Balsamo (Valcar Travel & Service) slipped on the muddy cobbles and struggled to re-gain traction in the race.

For all 129 women who started, and for those who finished, it was a day written into the history books of cycling.

Click or swipe through our gallery of photos above to see the women's field making history as they race over the rain-soaked and muddy cobbles at first-ever Paris-Roubaix Femmes. You can also find a gallery filled with action from out on the road in our race report.

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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in bike racing from the grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all cycling disciplines, edits news and writes features. Currently the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten coordinates global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.