Van Summeren Surprise Winner of Paris-Roubaix

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04/11/2011| 0 comments
by Gerald Churchill
World Champion Thor Hushovd leads last year's Paris-Roubaix winner Fabian Cancellara on one of today's paves. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
World Champion Thor Hushovd leads last year's Paris-Roubaix winner Fabian Cancellara on one of today's paves. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Van Summeren Surprise Winner of Paris-Roubaix

Johan Van Summeren (Garmin-Cervelo) is the surprise winner of Paris-Roubaix 2011.

attacked from the lead group. Tjallingii, Van Summeren, and Rast followed. On the Carrefour de l'Arbre, Van Summeren attacked and dropped Bak and Rast. At this point, Van Summeren and Tjallingii led the first chase group by 0:25 and the Cancellara group by 0:50.

On the Carrefour de l'Arbre, Cancellara attacked. Ahead, Van Summeren attacked and dropped Tjallingii. For a time, Hushovd cooperated with the defending champion, but eventually Cancellara left the Norwegian behind. He overtook all of the chasers, but Van Summeren would not be caught. In the velodrome, the Belgian had plenty of time to celebrate the biggest victory of his career.

After the race, Van Summeren received the cobblestone that is the prize given to the winner of Paris-Roubaix. He said that his girlfriend had proposed to him and clearly indicated that he would accept when he added, "Some people give a ring. I give a rock!"

Among the losers, there was acceptance of Van Summeren's victory and a look toward the future. Tom Boonen, who abandoned, recounted his misfortunes and concluded by saying, "Honor goes to Van Summeren, who rode an extraordinary race." Boonen's teammate Chavanel said, "Mentally, I'm going to try and turn the page as fast as possible and concentrate on next Sunday's Amstel Gold Race."

Who will join Chavanel in the Netherlands on Sunday? How will they fare against him? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!

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