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Lizzie Deignan solos for 85km to win inaugural Paris-Roubaix Femmes

Paris-Roubaix Femmes 2021 - As it happened

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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo celebrates winning the race 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

Lizzie Deignan hoists the cobble overhead after winning Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) put on a masterclass of skill, determination and strength, soloing for over 80 kilometres across all 17 sectors of mud-slick cobblestones to claim the first women's Paris-Roubaix.

Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) chased in for second ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) to complete the podium.

With rain turning some of the sectors into a nearly unrideable mud puddle, Deignan's strategy of going solo paid off as she was able to avoid crashing while Vos and Longo Borghini each fell at least once.

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The first-ever women's edition of Paris-Roubaix was added to the Women's WorldTour for October 25 in 2020, but was cancelled due to COVID-19. The first edition to be held will now take place on October 2, 2021, after a second cancellation from April of this year.

The UCI and ASO's decision to add the event to the calendar last year was an historical moment for women's cycling, as Paris-Roubaix is one of the world's most iconic Spring Classics. The event this fall will be a day written into the history books for both women's cycling and for the first winner of the Paris-Roubaix Femmes.

Last year, UCI President David Lappartient called the addition of Paris-Roubaix to the Women's WorldTour a step toward equality with in the sport. "I believe that for women it is important to have the same opportunity for men."

The Route

Paris-Rouabix Femmes 2021 - Profile

(Image credit: Paris-Roubaix Femmes / ASO)

ASO announced the route details last September, which are believed to be the same route details for the edition held in October this year.

The women's race set to begin in Denain, south of Roubaix. The peloton will race 115.6 kilometres before finishing on the famous Roubaix Velodrome. There are 17 sectors of cobbled roads with the pavé beginning after just 20km of racing.

Two sectors rated at the maximum difficulty level will be included in the race – Mons-en-Pévèle and the Carrefour de l'Arbre – while cobbles will take up 29.5km of the race route, meaning a quarter of the action will take place on the famous stones of northern France.

Many of the women's teams took the time to preview the Paris-Roubaix route last year, along with the key pavé sectors. Click through the gallery above to see teams previewing the cobbles sectors at Paris-Roubaix.

Anna van der Breggen spent time previewing the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix in 2019 during a promotional campaign for Specialized's new Roubaix. The current double world champion told Cyclingnews that all of the riders and teams participating in the women's inaugural Paris-Roubaix should take the time to preview the cobbles because they are unlike any others during the cobbled Classics season.

"I think it will be someone who is not scared, first of all," Van der Breggen said of the future first-ever winner of the women's Paris-Roubaix. "These cobbles, we tried them, they are brutal and different to any other cobbles. I don’t know how they find these. This race already has a lot of history in men’s cycling and now we are able to race, it is a big step for women."

The pavè

  • 17 - Hornaing à Wandignies (km 31.1 - 3.7 km) ****
  • 16 - Warlaing à Brillon (km 40.6 - 2.4 km) ***
  • 15 - Tilloy à Sars-et-Rosières (km 44.1 - 2.4 km) ****
  • 14 - Beuvry-la-Forêt à Orchies (km 50.5 - 1.4 km) ***
  • 13 - Orchies (km 55.5 - 1.7 km) ***
  • 12 - Auchy-lez-Orchies à Bersée (km 61.6 - 2.7 km) ****
  • 11 - Mons-en-Pévèle (km 67 - 3 km) *****
  • 10 - Merignies à Avelin (km 73 - 0.7 km) **
  • 9 - Pont-Thibault à Ennevelin (km 76.4 - 1.4 km) ***
  • 8 - Templeuve - L'Epinette (km 81.8 - 0.2 km) *
  • 8 - Templeuve - Moulin-de-Vertain (km 82.4 - 0.5 km) **
  • 7 - Cysoing à Bourghelles (km 88.8 - 1.3 km) ***
  • 6 - Bourghelles à Wannehain (km 91.3 - 1.1 km) ***
  • 5 - Camphin-en-Pévèle (km 95.8 - 1.8 km) ****
  • 4 - Carrefour de l'Arbre (km 98.5 - 2.1 km) *****
  • 3 - Gruson (km 100.8 - 1.1 km) **
  • 2 - Willems à Hem (km 107.5 - 1.4 km) ***
  • 1 - Roubaix-Espace Charles Crupelandt (km 114.2 - 0.3 km) *

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