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Servais Knaven

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He's a former winner of Paris-Roubaix but never seems to get the top billing on the other contenders. Was his win a fluke of some sort?

In other words, tell me a story...
 
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Jukebox said:
He's a former winner of Paris-Roubaix but never seems to get the top billing on the other contenders. Was his win a fluke of some sort?

In other words, tell me a story...

I wouldn't say it was a fluke, but he was fortunate.

The final group had 4 Domo's, they traded off attacks making Hincapie chase until he couldn't anymore. Servais was the one that finally stuck.

regardless even getting in the final group at PR is big deal, winning is huge.
 
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also johan m. won the sprint for second (also domo) he was the team captain and basically gave servais the nod to go for the win.......knaven has long been a favorite , he often rode for hours on the front at the tour during his domo and quick step years...........
 
Knaven has so far finished 15 Paris-Roubaix. He equalled Duclos-Lassalle and has just one less than Raymond Impanis who still holds the absolute record (We need to mention here that Impanis rode on a very different route with much less cobbles and better cobbles as well).

I hope he'll be able to equal it. ;)

Their results taken from a French forums:

Servais Knaven:
36e en 95
30e en 96
30e en 97
39e en 98
30e en 99
12e en 00
1er en 01
13e en 02
7e en 03
33e en 04
39e en 05
44e en 06
70e en 07
34e en 08
36e en 09

Raymond Impanis
1947: 4e
1948: 21e
1949: 13e
1950: NC
1951: 6e
1952: 22e
1953: 7e
1954: 1er
1955: 6e
1956: 44e
1957: 6e
1958: 9e
1959: 10e
1960: 10e
1961: 20e
1962: 9e
1963: 40e

Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle :
1978 : 28e
1979 : 25e
1980 : 2e
1981 : 22e
1982 : 20e
1983 : 2e
1984 : NC
1985 : NC
1986 : 34e
1987 : 17e
1988 : NC
1989 : 4e
1990 : 6e
1991 : 12e
1992 : 1er
1993 : 1er
1994 : 7e
1995 : 19e