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Sonny Colbrelli battles rain and mud to clinch Paris-Roubaix win

Sonny Colbrelli battles rain and mud to clinch Paris-Roubaix win
Colbrelli prevailed in a sprint finish after a wet and muddy race.

Italiensk Sonny Colbrelli claimed the biggest victory of his career in a Paris-Roubaix race that lived up to its nickname of ‘the Helvete of the North’.

Atrocious conditions saw numerous crashes, with riders struggling to stay upright, particularly on the notorious cobbled sections, and covered from head to foot in mud.

Colbrelli, Lotto Soudal’s Florian Vermeersch and Mathieu van der Poel of Alpecin-Fenix came into the Roubaix velodrome together and contested a sprint finish having overtaken long-time leader Gianni Moscon in the closing stages.

Bahrain Victorious rider Colbrelli was hugely emotional at the finish, holding his bike aloft in triumph before lying on the grass in tears.

Moscon held on to finish fourth, 44 seconds back, ahead of a group containing Belgisk star Wout Van Aert.