Hayman, thirty-seven, beats Boonen to win Paris-Roubaix race

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 7:27 PM

Hayman, whose previous career highlight was the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games road race in two thousand-sixth, beat four-time winner Tom Boonen of Belgium in a dash to the line Sunday.

Hayman, thirty-seven, beats Boonen to win Paris-Roubaix race

Matthew Hayman of Australia, thirty-seven, out-sprinted his rivals to win the prestigious Paris-Roubaix race — known as the Queen of Classics — for the biggest win of his career.

Hayman, whose previous career highlight was the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games road race in two thousand-sixth, beat four-time winner Tom Boonen of Belgium in a dash to the line Sunday.

Hayman is the second Australian to win the famed race over cobblestones after Stuart O'Grady in two thousand-seventh. He did so in his fifteenth attempt, having twice finished in the top 10.

Britain'south Ian Stannard finished third ahead of Belgium'south Sep Vanmarcke. Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen placed fifth.

Boonen tried to draw away four kilometers (2.5 miles) from the finish but was caught. The 35-year-old Boonen still looked set for a fifth win as he led Hayman and Vanmarcke coming into the velodrome.

Hayman'south win was even more unexpected given that he's hardly raced since breaking his arm five weeks ago at the Het Nieuwsblad race.

French sprinter Arnaud Demare pulled out Thursday following a crash latest weekend during the one-hundredth edition of the Tour of Flanders — won by world winner Peter Sagan of Slovakia.

Demare, who recovered from a crash to win the prestigious Milan-San Remo classic latest month, injured the right side of his body in the crash and didn't perceive fit sufficient to take part.

Just after the halfway stage of the 257.5-kilometer (159.7-mile) route from Compiegne to Roubaix, a crash split the peloton and caught Sagan and other pre-race favorites such as Fabian Cancellara and Alexander Kristoff, who sustained two punctures during the race.

With about fifty kilometers remaining, Cancellara'south hopes of a fourth Roubaix win were undone when he crashed heavily on the cobbled sector of Mons en Pevele along with Dutchman Niki Terpstra, the two thousand fourteen champion.

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