fi'zi:k Hayman wins Paris-Roubaix

Mathew Hayman, racing for Orica-GreenEDGE upon his fi’zi:k Antares saddle, yesterday upset the odds to win one of the most memorable chapters in the long history of Paris-Roubaix. The 37-year-old Australian burst into tears upon realizing he’d edged out four-time winner Tom Boonen for a famous victory.

Team Sky’s Ian Stannard, aboard his fi’zi:k Arione R1 saddle, attempted to pass both Hayman and Boonen on the final sprint round the velodrome but didn’t quite have the sprint legs.

It meant Hayman became only the second Australian to win the greatest of Monuments after Stuart O’Grady’s 2007 triumph. Hayman also showed typical Antipodean persistence. Unbelievably, this was the fi’zi:k rider’s 15th appearance at the Hell of the North, his previous best coming in 2012 when he finished eighth. The win also came just five weeks after fracturing his right radius.

‘I can’t believe it,’ said Hayman, before alluding that his broken arm could have actually helped his cause. ‘I’ve been riding some track recently after breaking my arm. My legs were feeling good going into the finishing straight when I started my sprint. I could see Tom’s tire underneath my arm but I managed to keep going.’

It was a thoroughly deserved win for Hayman who spent the majority of the race in the front group, helping to reel in Stannard after the Englishman attacked on the Camphin-en-Pévele section. An elite group of five formed including Hayman, Stannard, Boonen, Sep Vanmarcke and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Dimension Data and fi’zi:k saddles). Four-time winner Boonen tried to pull away with 4km to go but was caught, leaving Hayman to make history and win the Queen of the Classics.