Cycling:Italian Sonny Colbrelli wins men’s race after late drama

Italian rider Sonny Colbrelli edged a three-way run finish to win a downpour hit Paris-Roubaix.

Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel and Belgian Florian Vermeersch came next and third individually.

Colbrelli, 31, covered in mud after the 258km race, held his bicycle on high in the wake of going too far then imploded in tears and moved around on the grass.

“I can barely handle it – my first Paris-Roubaix and this occurs,” the Team Bahrain rider said.

“I’m extremely cheerful on the grounds that it was an amazing Paris-Roubaix with the downpour. In the finale, I did a super run. The Lotto-Soudal rider [Vermeersch] shocked me yet I bounced I think in the last 25m.

“That was close! In my fantasy races, Tour of Flanders is first and Paris-Roubaix is second. This is my year. I’m extremely glad.”

His Italian comrade Gianni Moscon, who completed fourth, had the lead until a cut and tumble from his bicycle saw him got with 16km to go.

“It was awesome,” Moscon told Eurosport. “Another Italian won.”

“Our country can be cheerful in any case. I gave everything. A tad of misfortune with the cut and afterward I was on the cutoff, and when you are on the breaking point you commit errors. I smashed and when they fought against eminent loss I didn’t have the legs.”

The success broadened debutant Colbrelli’s fantastic year after triumph in the Benelux Tour, green pullovers at both the Tour of Romandie and the Dauphine, and accomplishment at the European Road Championships.

The one-day race, nicknamed ‘Damnation of the North’, runs over cobbles and unpleasant landscape and was being held interestingly since 2019 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

England’s Lizzie Deignan won the debut ladies’ race on Saturday.