ADylan von Barley, exhausted, leaned against the handle and buried his face in his hands in disbelief. The Dutch professional cyclist won the fastest Paris-Roupox in Easter Sunday history and celebrated the biggest success of his career with the victory of “Hell of the North”.

At an average speed of 45.792 km / h, Van Barley crossed the finish line as a soloist on the famous Rubik’s Velotrom. Wood van Eird of Belgium was second only to Stephen Kung of Switzerland. Former champion John Dekonkolf was ranked 18th best German, Nils Palit 22nd.

254.5 km with 30 cobblestone sections

“I could not believe it when I went into the velotrome alone. I saw where the others were. But I was alone. It was insane, ”said Van Barley after a journey of 254.5 kilometers in 30 stone sectors. Two weeks ago, the 29-year-old Flanders had to settle for second place on the tour. Now he made a big leap. As usual, the cup was a big stone.

In Saturday’s women’s event, Italy’s champion Elisa Longo Borgini won the singles title over Belgium’s Lotte Kobeki and the Netherlands’ Lucinda. After 124.7 km, Romy Caspar finished 19th in the second edition of the women’s race, the best German.


As fast as possible, on the stones: Dylan von Barley near Paris-Roubax
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The men’s race still picked up speed at a distance of 200km / h. The British team Inios-Grenadiers drove through the air ridge and formed a leading team of more than 70 riders. Favorites Mathieu van der Poel, van Aert and Kasper Asgreen missed the attack just as Degenkolb did. But Palit was in the lead.

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