A win 'gives you that energy to keep fighting' – Defending champion Alison Jackson returns to Paris-Roubaix

OUDENAARDE BELGIUM MARCH 31 Alison Jackson of Canada and Team EF EducationCannondale competes during the 21st Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour des Flandres 2024 Womens Elite a 163km one day race from Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde UCIWWT on March 31 2024 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Alison Jackson (EF Education-Cannondale) rides Tour of Flanders in the Canadian road champion's colours (Image credit: Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

Last year at this time, Alison Jackson had yet to win a race across 18 months. The Canadian veteran grabbed hold of opportunity just 15km from the start of the third edition of Paris-Roubaix Femmes avec Zwift when she escaped among an early breakaway group. She then sprinted ahead of six others to claim a career-defining victory at the Roubaix velodrome

“For me, it was going to have a lot of meaning to win a Monument and also to write my name in the history book as the first Canadian, male or female, to have won any of the Monuments. Yeah, that itself I am really proud of,” Jackson told Cyclingnews before she began racing the spring Classics this season with her new team, EF Education-Cannondale.

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