It was one of those days where the Hell of the North was as beautiful as it was brutal. Cannondale-Drapac started Paris-Roubaix without two key riders. Both Sep Vanmarcke and Taylor Phinney were sidelined from the Queen of the Classics due to injuries sustained at Ronde van Vlaanderen. We said they would be missed but we still had cards to play, and play them we did.
Both Dylan van Baarle featured at the pointy end of the dramatic action-packed. Paris-Roubaix is a race of attrition, and over the final cobble sector only three men remained at the front of the race: Olympic road champion Greg van Avermaet (BMC), Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors) and #GreenArgyle’s Sebastian Langeveld.
The trio was joined by Jasper Stuyven (Trek) and Gianni Moscon (Sky) in the last lap around the Roubaix Velodrome. In the five-up sprint, Langeveld grabbed onto the last spot of the podium.
“It was goosebumps all over the place riding for the win in Roubaix,” said Langeveld. “The last two years, I’ve had so much bad luck and a couple of people have always believed in me. Last week I was so disappointed after Flanders, but the team helped me keep my chin up.”