Sonny Colbrelli crowned a fantastic season by winning his first classic career monument, the Paris-Roubaix. A triumph that crowns a truly triumphal season for Italian cycling and for the rider from Brescia, capable of winning the jersey of the Italian champion, that of the European champion and now the classic of stones. The Azzurri had not been able to establish themselves in the French velodrome for 22 years: on that occasion Andrea triumphed Go, also champion of Italy that season.
Italy dominates the cobblestones of Paris-Roubaix: Sonny Colbrelli wins 22 years after the last blue triumph
For the first time in its more than 100-year history, Paris-Roubaix was placed in October due to issues related to Covid-19 in France. The race was made difficult by the rain and the great mud on the cobblestones: a day of other times, a day for tough men. And it is Italy that makes the difference when you enter the decisive kilometers: the Dutch Mathieu Van der Poel was the first to light the fuse about 115 km from the finish, taking a group of riders away from the main group. Gianni Moscon, who was already on the run from the first kilometers, decides to leave just over 50 km from the conclusion: an anthology action for the standard-bearer of the Ineos-Grenadiers, but bad luck came between him and the victory . first a puncture, then a fall did not allow him to arrive all alone in Roubaix.
With Moscon taken back, Van der Poel, Colbrelli and the young Belgian Florian Vermeersch, also on the run from the very first kilometers, are fighting for the victory. Colbrelli’s quick start allows the blue to write his name in the roll of honor of a legendary race, crowning an exceptional season. Only third Van der Poel, fourth Gianni Moscon closes in a triumphal day for the blue colors.
Colbrelli was on his career debut at paris-Roubaix. In the past years, since he landed in the World Tour category, he had never participated in this classic monument as his main goal was to do well in the Tour of Flanders and then try to confirm the podium obtained at the Amstel Gold Race in the 2016. But this is a different Sonny Colbrelli, European champion and more aware of his potential: a new beacon of all the blue movement, especially in one-day races.