Sunday, April 12, 2009
Tough Day in Roubaix
France - As the saying goes, the only thing predictable in bike racing is unpredictability. Going into the 103rd edition of the world-famous classic Paris-Roubaix Garmin had high hopes, especially in light of strong performances in Flanders and Gent-Wevelgem, but it wasn't to be. Team favorite and leader for the day Martijn Masskant (NED) rode extremely well, but with less than 70K to go was involved in an untimely crash and never re-connected as things were already in all-out mode.
Steven Cozza (USA) was very active all day and in a significant early move of eleven riders. “It was fun racing in the front,” said Cozza. “I was fortunate enough to jump to the break in a cross-wind section and just had a blast racing over the cobbles. I was like a kid in a candy shop today! The rest of my team raced super trying for the moves the first hour and racing so strong for Martijn after his flats and crashes I already look forward to getting revenge in this race next year!We all know a win is possible its just a matter of luck going our way.”
Top Garmin finisher was Bradley Wiggins (GBR-left) at 25th, 6:32 down on eventual winner Tom Boonen (BEL).