Paris-Roubaix Femmes avec Zwift
Emma Norsgaard (11th), again close to the best in the second edition, the Dane once again leads the ‘telephone’ performance in the ‘Hell of the North’ after recovering from a breakdown in the first pavé sections and jumping into an attack that ended being decisive. Triumph of the Italian champion Longo Borghini (TFS).
Third in the muddy first edition last October and without the first two classifieds of 2021 at the start, Elisa Longo Borghini (TFS) made good her condition of ‘covered’ guarantees to take a flag win in the 2nd Paris-Roubaix Femmes avec Zwift, over 124 km with almost twenty pavé sections between Denain and the mythical Velodrome.
Jumping 30 km from the end in a trio that also, very briefly, included Emma Norsgaard (Movistar Team) along with Elena Cecchini (SDW), the Italian champion ended up winning alone while the telephone leader struggled to keep up with the pursuers in the last sections. The Danish finished signing the 11th place of the day, just over two minutes.
It was not an easy race for the ‘Rocket’, who suffered a mechanical breakdown in the second cobbled sector that he had to solve by changing bikes with her partner Alicia González. The Asturian, along with Lourdes Oyarbide, supported Emma and Aude Biannic at the start, who had had health problems since before the Amstel Gold Race.
In the many chase phases, Jelena Erić and Barbara Guarischi gave it their all to seek an ultimately elusive result. The squad directed today by Jorge Sanz thus concludes its pavé campaign, although not the spring classics, which continues and ends next week with the Walloon Flecha (Wednesday 20) and the Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Sunday 24). from Paris-Roubaix