Brand: “We basically kept all the numbers up front”
"The whole week i thought about entering velodrome, how cool it would be. But then I was really focused! I tried to think about the sprint, it was super hard to beat Lotte [Kopecky] even though she was tired. I think getting 3rd was the highest possible position for today. The first part was chaotic. When Ellen [van Dijk] had a puncture, that was quite bad, because it...
Kopecky: “Elisa was just too strong”
"After the victories I had already this season, I was really prepared to try to do the best effort for my teammates. That was my mentality at the start of this race, to enjoy, try to make it harder, attack to make teams chase. I tried something, to put other teams under pressure, but Lucinda [Brand] wasn’t collaborating 100% so the team told me to just try to keep the...
Elisa Longo Borghini: “From Dantesque hell to paradise”
"That was pure instinct to attack. I saw the break was caught and I thought it was a good move to be on the front and to put Lucinda in the best position to just follow me, and make SD Worx chase. Therefore I just went full on from there. The beginning of the season was not ideal, i had sinusitis and I couldn’t really breathe. I had to step back in order to move forward....
Longo Borghini and Trek-Segafredo rule the cobbles
The 139-woman peloton roll from Denain with beautiful weather conditions but without Meava Squiban (Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime) and the Dutch icon Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma), who returned a positive test to Covid-19 hours before the start.
Attacks and tension ahead of the cobbles
The opening circuit in Denain, with 4 laps to cover, sees early attackers launch...
1. Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo)
2. Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx), +23''
3. Lucinda Brand (Trek-Segafredo)
4. Elise Chabbey (Canyon//Sram Racing)
5. Marta Cavalli (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope)
Elisa Longo Borghini wins the 2nd edition of Paris-Roubaix Femmes avec Zwift
The Italian champion claims glory after a 34km solo attack.
The last cobbles
Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) is now ready to enter the last kilometre, and the velodrome, with a gap above 30''.
The last 3km
Elisa Longo Borghini only has one cobbled sector to overcome, in Roubaix (300m, 1*).
Kopecky and Van den Broek-Blaak chase with a gap of 35''
Elisa Longo Borghini is now 5km away from glory.
The gap is stable around 30'', with 8km to go.
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