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Meet the aero bike that won Paris-Roubaix: Mathew Hayman's Scott Foil - Gallery

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Hayman's Foil is remarkable for its likeness to a standard road race bike

Hayman's Foil is remarkable for its likeness to a standard road race bike (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Hayman relied on Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, as did most riders on the dozen Shimano-sponsored teams at the race

Hayman relied on Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, as did most riders on the dozen Shimano-sponsored teams at the race (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Hayman swapped the 39t inner ring for a 44, with the long, rough race being nearly pancake flat

Hayman swapped the 39t inner ring for a 44, with the long, rough race being nearly pancake flat (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Mathew Hayman's (Orica-GreenEdge) winning bike at Paris-Roubaix is splattered with mud from the day's challenging race

Mathew Hayman's (Orica-GreenEdge) winning bike at Paris-Roubaix is splattered with mud from the day's challenging race (Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
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Mathew Hayman's (Orica-GreenEdge) winning bike at Paris-Roubaix

Mathew Hayman's (Orica-GreenEdge) winning bike at Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
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Orica-GreenEdge mechanics lift up the winning bike at Paris-Roubaix

Orica-GreenEdge mechanics lift up the winning bike at Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
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Hayman's race notes on the stem of his bike for Paris Roubaix

Hayman's race notes on the stem of his bike for Paris Roubaix (Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
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Mathew Hayman (Orica-GreenEdge) was #55, here is his winning bike at Paris-Roubaix

Mathew Hayman (Orica-GreenEdge) was #55, here is his winning bike at Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
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Mathew Hayman's (Orica-GreenEdge) winning bike at Paris-Roubaix

Mathew Hayman's (Orica-GreenEdge) winning bike at Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
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Mathew Hayman's (Orica-GreenEdge) winning bike at Paris-Roubaix

Mathew Hayman's (Orica-GreenEdge) winning bike at Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
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To the victor, the spoils. Mathew Hayman won the 2016 Paris-Roubaix aboard a Scott Foil

To the victor, the spoils. Mathew Hayman won the 2016 Paris-Roubaix aboard a Scott Foil (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Win a very hard bike race, get a very big rock

Win a very hard bike race, get a very big rock (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Direct-mount Dura-Ace calipers fit around the 28mm Continentals

Direct-mount Dura-Ace calipers fit around the 28mm Continentals (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Tough day's work for a chain — and this was a dry year at Paris-Roubaix

Tough day's work for a chain — and this was a dry year at Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Shimano C-50 tubulars are stock race gear for most flat races without cobblestones

Shimano C-50 tubulars are stock race gear for most flat races without cobblestones (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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This name was not atop most pre-race favorite lists

This name was not atop most pre-race favorite lists (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Race the night before the race left a few sectors muddy

Race the night before the race left a few sectors muddy (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Without a traditional brake bridge, Orica has to get creative with number mounting

Without a traditional brake bridge, Orica has to get creative with number mounting (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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The Antares is a popular saddle, but not a highly padded seat

The Antares is a popular saddle, but not a highly padded seat (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Hayman edited down the list of 27 sectors to the ones deemed key by his team. This seemed to work just fine for him

Hayman edited down the list of 27 sectors to the ones deemed key by his team. This seemed to work just fine for him (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Some say Di2 is hard to shift or feel well on the cobbles. Hayman managed

Some say Di2 is hard to shift or feel well on the cobbles. Hayman managed (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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The sprint shifter in its standard position

The sprint shifter in its standard position (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Mathew Hayman's (Orica-GreenEdge) winning bike at Paris-Roubaix

Mathew Hayman's (Orica-GreenEdge) winning bike at Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Stephen Farrand)

This article first appeared on BikeRadar

Bike companies have been sectioning off their road bikes in various categories: climbing bikes for the mountains, aero bikes for the fast and flat races, endurance bikes for the rough roads, adventure bikes for the gravel, and on and on. On Sunday at the roughest road race of them all, however, it was an aero bike that won the day at the 2016 Paris-Roubaix when Orica-GreenEdge's Mathew Hayman won aboard a Scott Foil.

As with most racers in the 258km contest from Compiegne to Roubaix in northern France, Hayman had 28mm tubulars as a concession to the more than 52km of pavé. He also used 53/44 chainrings instead of the standard 53/39. Other than that, however, his bike build was that of a criterium racer's: aero wheels, aero frame, thin saddle and a single layer of handlebar tape.

Hayman's mud-splattered aero bike stood in contrast to the many other endurance machines that came into the old velodrome in Roubaix. Many had double bar tape. Some had an extra brake layer mounted on the handlebar top. Some had 30mm tubulars.

Hayman's use of Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 also contrasted to the publicized positions of race favourites Peter Sagan and Fabian Cancellara, who opted for mechanical Dura-Ace.

While early aero bikes earned a reputation for being overly stiff and harsh — with the original Scott Foil falling somewhat in this category — the new Foil was completely overhauled with increased compliance being a goal for the Swiss company.

Towards the end of the race, Hayman was clear in a group that included four-time race winner Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quick Step) and Ian Stannard (Team Sky). After various attacks came to naught, Boonen led the group into the final metres, and Hayman was able to come around in the sprint for the win.

Full specifications of Mathew Hayman's Scott Foil

Frameset: Scott Foil
Stem: Integrated Scott Foil
Handlebar: PRO alloy
Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace direct-mount
Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace direct-mount
Brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 STI Dual Control ST-9070
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 FD-9070
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 RD-9070
Shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070 + SW-R610 sprint shifters (on drops)
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace CS-9000, 11-25T
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace CN-9000
Crankset: SRM Shimano 11-speed, 53/44T
Pedals: Shimano 9000 Dura-Ace
Wheelset: Shimano C-50tubular
Tubulars: Continental Competition Pro LTD, 28mm
Saddle: Fizik Antares
Seatpost: Ritchey Foil
Computer: SRM Power Control 8 (not pictured)