And once again it came down to the final cobblestone sectors where despite attacks by Fabian Cancellara and Sep Vanmarcke to bridge across to a determined Peter Sagan on the critical Carrefour de l’Arbre sector, it was a group of 10 that emerged intact with eight kilometers to go.
Niki Terpstra launched an audacious attack with six kilometers to go, and with two other Omega Pharma-QuickStep teammates in the leading group, the group lollygagged and did not seem to take this attack serious. Before the blink of an eye, Niki had built a 20 seconds gap, and the rest is History.
The remaining nine riders entered the Roubaix track together to sprint for the last podium places, and it was John Degenkolb taking second just ahead of Cancellara.
The one thing I take away from Sundays Paris-Roubaix.
The cap is back.
Terrific to see Niki respect the tradition by wearing the cycling cap on the podium instead of a peak cap.
After the Race
Whilst the cobbles create some great pictures, the photos that really grabs my attention are the photos at the end in the Velodrome.
I also love the colour of the race.
Crap meal of the week
I don’t very often slag off anything or anyone, but every now and then, someone or something deserves a right slagging off.
I’ve been visiting a number of rural hospitals through work over the last few weeks, and have thoroughly enjoyed visiting some towns that I haven’t been to before. Part of the enjoyment is finding new eateries and cafes, taking the good with the bad, and unfortunately I had probably the worst bought meal of my life in Whyalla, at the Bay View Hotel.
My life motto is, when in doubt, go the Schnitty!
I mean, really, Chicken Schnitzel, what can go wrong eh?
Well, if you walk into a dining room of a pub, a brightly lit room that looks like any one of many pubs around Australia that have had a makeover, a dining room that has a good selection of beers, a pub that on the outside shows a bit of art deco class, you would expect that the meal, although probably not pushing the boundaries, would at least be presentable and satisfying.
Not at the Bayview!
What they served us, which in our best estimation, was an Inghams chicken schnitty you buy from the frozen food section of your local supermarket. Not quite what we were expecting. Now it may not be an Inghams, and in themselves they are probably an ok meal at home in a rush (not in my house though!)
Seriously guys, seriously, lift your game.
till next week