Woho, them's fightin words there. I never said Hayman wasn't to be taken seriously. My feeling is that he was the right guy at the right time, because if Boonen hadn't choked during the sprint, as he himself made clear when saying he botched it due to the stress of making history, and if Sagan and Cancellara weren't held up, and if Tony Martin had been allowed to make his own race (for he was verily the strongest yesterday), the race would have been much more agreeable to me. I was, in any case, pulling for Boonen the moment the race became the fiasco it did (I know, it's only my opinion, but I'm entitled to it). Thus that Hayman won was naturally anticlimactic for me.42x16ss said:Sagan and Cancellara would have had a hard time winning that race even if they got across. The last 5 guys were all super strong, as shown by Cance and Sagan struggling to close the gap even before the crashes.BigMac said:So since one of the pre-race favourites didn't win, it automatically becomes a fiasco and is called anticlimatic, regardless of how it was raced? Aight.rhubroma said:Boonen was lucky, given his current form, Cancellara and Sagan were delayed by crashes. They weren't badly positioned, just 2/3 of the field got into a wreck.Maaaaaaaarten said:Being positioned well and having a strong team isn't luck. Boonen, Vanmarcke and Stannard were in contention because they were positioned well and because they had strong teams that could maintain the gap to Cancellara and Sagan when they had been caught out of position.rhubroma said:It was a shame Boonen didn't make history. I'd have liked a straight up battle between Sagan and Cancellara, but thus was not to be. The thing that bites me is that Boonen, who under other circumstances would have been a favorite, came through with luck, though not enough to win. Instead someone who will never make history won. Fate is cruel.
Also, Matthew Hayman made history by winning this race. This race will be remembered for many years to come as an exceptionally fine edition of Paris-Roubaix and Matthew Hayman will be remembered for many years to come as the winner of this race and rightly so.
As it was Hayman becamed the "strong man," which really is telling about the fiasco the race became. People are praising this though as the "best race ever." Verily it was anticlimatic.
And anyone who doesn't take a 15 time finisher at Roubaix, with multiple top 10's while riding as a domestique for a genuine favourite (Flecha) as a serious threat in that situation is an idiot. All of Hayman's breakaway companions throughout the day knew that he was more than good enough to contend in that scenario.