Why I don’t bet on Paris-Roubaix

Earlier this week I told a friend that I was looking for Fabian Cancellara to pull off his second straight win at Paris-Roubaix. But that was as far as I’d commit. There’s no way I would put money on the outcome of the race; a look at last year’s edition is a good primer in what can so easily go wrong for any rider. Broken bikes, crashes…trains? What could happen this year?

Nothing so dramatic. The weather was dry and hot, and the winning break rode away in the first hour and never looked back. The presumptive winner, Boonen, was left to ride for a top-10 finish. In his world that’s no better than a DNF.

Meanwhile Stuart O’Grady rode like hell and soloed away for the win, making it two in a row at P-R for CSC. Good for him — he’s a strong rider who deserves a result like this.

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