2017 FOTP Episode 3 Hayman v1

15th time lucky | Mat Hayman: how I won Paris-Roubaix

Six weeks before last year’s Paris-Roubaix Mathew Hayman crashed and broke a bone in his arm. He was told he’d be out of action for six weeks.

Five days after the crash he was on a turbo trainer in his garage, his arm supported on a ladder. Five weeks later he returned to racing in Spain. Amazingly, he started his 15th Paris-Roubaix, the race he most loves. He hoped to help his team. But then he got in the day’s big break. Then he found himself in the winning move with four-time winner Tom Boonen…

The race that unfolded was one of the greatest in the history of the Hell of the North – with the most surprising winner.

In this third Cycling Podcast Friends Special of 2017, Hayman relives his triumph, describing the buildup to the race before watching – for the first time – and talking us through the thrilling final 20km.

If you like, you can watch the last 20km of Paris-Rouabaix while listening to Mat talk.

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