Paris-Roubaix is often called the most beautiful race in cycling. Just completing the 257 km race is seen by many as an accomplishment. The poorly laid stones rattle the riders to their cores. The race is pure chaos. Riders attack, crash, come back and above all else suffer. On Sunday, Philippe Gilbert did what few professional cyclists have done, win four of the five Monuments on the professional calendar. At 36 years old, it was only his third time racing Roubaix and it was the culmination of a cobbled Monument plan that brought him back to Patrick Lefevere’s team in 2017 and saw him win Flanders in 2018.

It was a memorable day of racing with stories of riders suffering misfortune of varying degress. Taylor Phinney was passed by his team car after suffering a mechanical and was forced to abandon. Tiej Benoot crashed through the back window of a rival teams car suffering a broken collar bone. Wout van Aert suffered a mechanical on the Forest of Arenberg but was able to chase back to the lead group before tacking a bike change and then crashing forcing him to chase again.

It was Gilbert who was the days strongest benefitting from impecible team tactics and extremely strong leges.

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