Britain's Lizzie Digna wins the first woman Paris-Roubaix in history

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The inaugural edition of the famous Paris-Roubaix women’s race took place on Saturday 2 October. The winner is Briton Deigna (Trek Segafredo) who made history after a long solitary raid on this cycling monument.

with our private correspondent, Thomas of Saint Leger

We are in the small town of Horning, with the red brick that characterizes northern France. Paris-Roubaix pioneers finally get a date with the ‘Hell of the cobblestones’, this is how the race is known

This first sector was swallowed up by the peloton … he used to watch the men’s race, admired spectators such as François and Alain.

Sometimes it passes very quickly, in the rain… Wet pavement, bleeding pavement

They will only be 61 out of 132 beginners to get to Roubaix on time. Mud-stained, wounded face… Mary Lee Knett has the impression of being a survivor. ” Feeling comfortable and proud! That’s it, I was able to do it and move forward in one piece! ‘, trust us.

in one piece and was duly welcomed by the crowd both on the road and at the end of a crowded track. promising ahead of the women’s Tour de France return next year.

Britain’s Elizabeth Degnan, the 2015 world champion, scored a coveted success at the age of 32, having already won the Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Tour of Flanders. The Dutch Marianne Voss took second place, more than a minute ahead of the Italian Elisa Longo Borghini, who ranked third.

On Sunday it will be the men vying for the cobblestones and the weather will be quite unfavorable with rain announced and winds gusting at over 70 km/h. Northern Hell rarely lives up to its name so well.

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(and with AFP)

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