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Tafi's last Roubaix

Andrea Tafi (Saunier Duval)

Andrea Tafi (Saunier Duval)
(Image credit: Sirotti)

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.