Mathew Hayman pips Tom Boonen on the line to win Paris-Roubaix and deny the Belgian a historic fifth win

Tom Boonen (Etixx-QuickStep) saw his hopes of winning an historic fifth Paris-Roubaix evaporate in the Roubaix velodrome as he was beaten on the line by fellow veteran Mathew Hayman (Orica-GreenEdge).

The 37-year-old Australian  came from the day’s early break and remained in the elite five-man group who entered the velodrome, which included Ian Stannard (Team Sky), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) and Sep Vanmarcke (LottoNL-Jumbo).

As Boonen took the front in the velodrome, Stannard surged round the outside, but it was Hayman on the inside who marched through to take the win and become only the second Australian to win the famous cobbled Classic.

The race started at a frenetic pace, with the early break taking a while to get away; finally a large group, including Hayman, gained over two minutes.

But a crash on one of the early cobbled stages saw the main peloton split in two, with a group containing the likes of Vanmarcke, Stannard, Boonen and Tony Martin surged away from Fabian Cancellara, Peter Sagan and co.

Martin buried himself before the 100km-to-go mark, working so hard on the cobbled sector at Haveluy that he split his small group even further – distancing Vanmarcke.

After Martin sapped all of his energy in a 40km effort on the front, the LottoNL-Jumbo riders bridged back, while the trailing peloton couldn’t get within 30 seconds.

A crash by Cancellara ended any chance of a fairytale ending for the Swiss, and while Sagan somehow managed to avoid the crash his chances of getting back up to the front effectively ended.

Luke Rowe worked hard on the front in the final 30km, setting up an attack for teammate Stannard, who formed part of an elite five-man late break.

Hayman, who was riding his first cobbled race since breaking his arm at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Boasson Hagen, Boonen and Vanmarcke joined Stannard up the road, with the Belgian Vanmarcke putting an attack in on the Carrefour de l’Arbre.

He was finally dragged back with around 11km to go, when the attacks dropped off, with all five riders taking their turn on the front. Stannard had a go with six kilometres to go and gained a good 20 metres, but he wasn’t to be let go.

Boonen put in several big efforts in the final three kilometres, but Hayman caught his final one and sped past to gain the advantage. The pair entered the velodrome together and were joined by Vanmarcke, but games of cat and mouse allowed Stannard and Boasson Hagen to catch up.

Stannard surged round the outside, but Hayman had the advantage, taking the win on the line in dramatic circumstances to join Stuart O’Grady as the only winners from Down Under

Sagan finished 11th, 2-20 down on the winner, with Cancellara rolling over the line for the final time over three minutes down.

Ian Stannard equalled the best British performance at Paris-Roubaix, matching Barry Hoban in 1972 and Roger Hammond in 2004 by finishing third.

Paris-Roubaix, Compiegne – Roubaix (257.5km)
1. Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge, 5-51-53
2. Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx-QuickStep, st
3. Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky, st
4. Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) LottoNL-Jumbo), st
5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data, at 3s
6. Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling, at 1-00
7. Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto-Soudal, st
8. Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling, st
9. Imanol Erviti (Esp) Movistar, at 1-07
10. Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie, 2-20

  • Andy

    one of the best finishes in the last few seasons.

  • Chumply Chummunderson

    Surprised the headline wasn’t “Ex-Team Sky rider wins Roubaix”.

  • elan

    Agree with the comment by Trevor.If no one from Sky or a Brit does not win its relegated to the bottom of the pile.Well done Hayman.No doubt Cycling weekly will be full of riders who nearly won.Well done to Stannard for his place,but he did not win the race.Could be next year for him,and a great performance.To much politics in cycling.

  • Trevor Piper

    I have to scroll down 7 article headlines before you mention Hayman by name! Then I read the article and only 5 mentions of Hayman in the article? You would think someone else won the Paris – Roubaix. Have some respect Sub-Editor. The man won the race. Only the second non-European to do so. Yes no UK riders yet. How about you stop writing articles about the 200+ riders who lost Paris-Roubaix and start writing about the winner. Yeah I am an Aussie!

  • llos25

    Fabulous race going into the last kilometer you would not bet who was going to win.

  • poisonjunction

    JS – you can edit AFTER you post . . . !

  • Dustin D.

    Maybe boonen did too much coke the night before?

  • WH

    Such a shame for Boonen… But if first and second place were reversed, it would be a massive shame for Hayman instead. That said, that is what Roubaix is like, and it was a great race!

  • John Senior

    Best ever performance by SKY – right leaders, right tactics – unlucky with the crashes – top rides by Rowe and Stannard – beaten by a better rider on the day….and well done Tom Boonen..a metre form immortality!
    And what a race!!!!

  • Supong Longchar

    Hayman showed age just a number.