Joseph Areruya becomes the first black African rider to finish Paris-Roubaix

The 23-year-old crossed the line but finished outside the time limit

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Joseph Areruya (Delko-Marseille Provence) has become the first ever black African rider to start and finish Paris-Roubaix.

The Rwandan finished outside the time limit, at least more than half an hour down on winner Philippe Gilbert, but becomes the first black African to cross the finish line in the Hell of the North.

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