Cycling Weekly October 7, 2021

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start line 07.10

Every Friday afternoon, the art editor and myself work on the cover for the following week’s issue. We get it 90% done before the weekend, then add the finishing touches on a Monday, the day we finish the magazine you read on a Thursday. We had it all sorted: a nice cover image, cover lines working around the shape of the rider – all we’d have to do on Monday was add an image or two from Paris-Roubaix in the top right. Then on Saturday afternoon Lizzie Deignan attacked and all our work quickly unravelled. What a ride. We knew she was in with a chance of a result, she was, after all, the lead on last week’s preview issue, but we were not expecting that. I don’t think anyone was. A lone,…

in focus

History makers As the women’s peloton hits the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix for the first time, Lizzie Deignan, somewhat inadvertently, sets off on her record-breaking ride. The race, on hold since spring 2020, saw women’s cycling smash through another barrier: that built up by the belief that this race was too tough, too dangerous for them. An instant Classic, everyone is no doubt now wondering why it took so long for this race to Worth the wait Nineteen years on from the last wet edition of Paris-Roubaix and cycling fans finally got what they wanted. Mud-soaked ‘roads’ that no cyclist would normally choose to ride down once again became the battleground for a chaotic, unpredictable, wonderful race with drama to the very end.…

deignan crowned queen of the cobblestones

Through blood, sweat and tears British rider Lizzie Deignan chiselled her name into the stone tablets of history on Saturday as she became the inaugural winner of Paris-Roubaix Femmes. The Yorkshirewoman collapsed over her bars in tears of shock and elation after she crossed the finish line in the famous Roubaix velodrome without another competitor in sight. Deignan hadn’t seen any other riders in the race since she launched a daredevil solo attack on the race’s first secteur of cobbles, Hornaing à Wandignies, 82km from the finish. At the finish she was almost lost for words: “I feel very emotional. I don’t know, I am just really proud. Sorry, not the best quote, but I am just so happy.” In one afternoon of brilliance Deignan had elevated what has otherwise been an underwhelming season…

colbrelli wins wet roubaix he ‘didn’t think he would finish’

Despite starting with low expectations Sonny Colbrelli upset the favourites to win the first wet men’s Paris-Roubaix in nearly 20 years on his debut. The Italian came through his first venture at the Queen of the Classics to take victory ahead of fellow debutants Florian Vermeersch (Lotto-Soudal) and Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix). Having got into one of the early moves the Bahrain-Victorious rider spent time marking van der Poel closely and never putting in too much effort, trusting in his powerful finishing sprint. It proved smart as he outsprinted the other two in the Roubaix velodrome. Afterwards the 31-year-old said: “I didn’t take part in Paris-Roubaix in the past because my main goal was always the Amstel Gold Race and I was afraid to be too tired for Amstel after Roubaix. I…

lowden smashes hour record

To a spirited, if small, round of applause, British rider Joss Lowden set a new women’s Hour record in the Tissot Velodrome in Grenchen, Switzerland, last Thursday. The Drops-Le Col rider covered a distance of 48.405km in the alloted time to smash the record of Italian Vittoria Bussi set at 48.007km in 2018. So strong was it that she also beat the best human effort record of 48.159km set by Jeannie Longo in 2000 using the now banned ultra-aero superwoman position. Lowden paced her effort perfectly and after the first few laps, when she found her rhythm, never dropped below record pace and only looked mildly troubled by the effort during the final 10 minutes. She becomes the first British woman to hold the record. As she pulled to a stop on the apron…

bigham breaks brad

Just 24 hours after supporting Joss Lowden in her world Hour record-setting ride, Ribble-Weldtite rider Dan Bigham took on his own challenge to break Bradley Wiggins’s British Hour record of 54.526km and was successful. On the boards of the Tissot Velodrome in Grenchen, Switzerland, the aerodynamicist set a mark of 54.723km. It was 200m further than Wiggins’s ride in London in 2015, which was at the time the world Hour record. As Bigham rides for a Continentallevel squad he is not in the antidoping testing pool and therefore was not able to attempt the outright Hour record without incurring significant costs to enter the pool himself. His ride was only just over 300m off the distance ridden by Victor Campenaerts in 2019 and now stands as the furthest ever ridden at sea…