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Gilbert Wins Paris-Roubaix

Gilbert Wins Paris-Roubaix

Belgium’s Philippe Gilbert has set his sights on winning all five of the one-day classics after finally landing Paris-Roubaix on Sunday.

The former world champion has now won four of the five monuments, with Milan-San Remo the only one to elude him, and that is sure to be a big goal for the remainder of his career.

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The 36-year-old made his move 70km from the end of the gruelling 257km race over the cobbles and managed to beat Germany’s Nils Politt in a sprint finish, while fellow countryman and team-mate Yves Lampaert finished third.

 

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Defending champion Peter Sagan had to settle for fifth, 42 seconds behind Gilbert. “I still have this dream to win all of them. Little by little I’m getting there,” Gilbert said after winning Paris-Roubaix in a time of five hours 58 minutes and two seconds.

“Politt’s very courageous. In the end the best rider won, and thankfully it was me. I’ve always wanted to win all the monuments, and I’m getting closer now.” Attention will now turn to the Amstel Gold Race in the Netherlands which takes place on Sunday.

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