Roubaix (dpa) – professional cyclist Nils Politt narrowly missed the victory in the 117th edition of the famous cobblestone classic Paris-Roubaix.
The 25-year-old native from Cologne had to defeat after 257 kilometers in the venerable velodrome of Roubaix only the Belgian former world champion Philippe Gilbert.
The duo had set off 13 kilometers from the finish on one of the hardest of a total of 29 cobblestone passages from a small top group. On the concrete slope in the Velodrome, it finally came to a two-man sprint, the Gilbert just won.
John Degenkolb, meanwhile, could not repeat his victory of 2015 in the toughest one-day race in the world. The 30-year-old from Team Trek-Segafredo was already hauled off early in the so-called "Hell of the North" with 29 sectors (54.5 kilometers) on the bumpy cobblestones.