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British Lizzie Deignan on the infamous Paris-Roubaix cobbles
Britain's Lizzie Deignan won a stunning breakaway victory in the first editions of the women's Paris Roubaix.
Trek-Segafredo's rider pulled away with over 80km remaining, just before the rains affected the course.
After the coronavirus pandemic, the legendary race on the 'pave cobblestones' was postponed until 2020, it returned this weekend.
Deignan was able to finish the 116km race in about half an hour before the riders reached the cobbled sections, which are the most difficult section of the race.
To protect his lead of 2 minutes 30 seconds, the 32-year old took to cobbled corners in mud gingerly to keep him on the bike.
Marianne Vos, Jumbo-Visma's Dutch rider, broke from the group of 19 riders that were chasing Deignan. She halved her lead with 10km remaining.
Deignan held onto the bike brilliantly as her rear wheel slid left and right over the treacherous Camphin-en-Pevele section.
Deignan has won the Tour of Flanders, the road world championships and the Tour of Flanders for women. She also took home the Tour de France one-day women's Tour de France.
In soaking wet Roubaix Outdoor Velodrome, she crossed the line ahead of Vos and Elisa Longo Borghini from Italy.
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