Lady Luck certainly wasn’t on the side of Team Liquigas at last Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix, as things went from bad (even before the race) to worse!
Still, Manuel Quinziato, Murillo Fischer, Filippo Pozzato and the guys in green gave it their all at the world’s toughest race.
So, here is a list of 10 things you may not have seen from Paris-Roubaix coverage elsewhere…
1. The order of team cars is crucial in Paris-Roubaix – more so than in any other race. The ongoing rift between the UCI and ASO meant that Liquigas couldn’t count on fine showings at San Remo and Flanders, and instead the position of ALL team cars went to the luck of the draw. Liquigas drew 21st place out of 25 teams!
2. Roubaix is known to be hard on team cars, but this usually applies during the race. Liquigas lost their first car on the way to the sign-in, when a local chap lost control of his car at the exit of the highway and crashed into the green Liquigas Fiat. The incident also damaged a Lampre car which was able to continue. Unfortunately, a Lampre mechanic wasn’t as lucky and went to the hospital, but was seen post-race, working hard and wearing a neck brace!