Elisa Longo Borghini takes a stunning solo win at Paris-Roubaix

The Italian champion takes team mate Lizzie Deignan's Queen of the Classics crown with a 32km lone effort

Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) wins the second Paris-Roubaix Femmes
Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) wins the second Paris-Roubaix Femmes
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty)

Italian champion Elisa Longo Borghini won a coruscating second edition of Paris-Roubaix on Saturday. The Italian champion attacked solo with 38km of the race remaining, and though her lead was never secure her Trek-Segafredo team mates behind made the case difficult.

Behind her a group of seven women formed in pursuit, but with two team mates in attendance the chase was unable to gel and the Italian took a lead approaching 30 seconds into the Roubaix velodrome.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.