Irrespective of the result, yesterday’s Paris-Roubaix was always going to be a landmark race for Team Sky as it said goodbye to Sir Bradley Wiggins, and cameras were there for the final instalment of its Hell of a Ride series following the Cobbled Classics.
Wiggins, who now heads to his own team, finished 18th in the French Monument, and was one of the protagonists of a race in which he attacked 32 kilometres out but was brought back the group containing the main favourites including race winner, John Degenkolb.
Sky’s top placed rider was Luke Rowe, who won the sprint for eighth place, while Geraint Thomas, who had earlier had to battle back from two punctures, was forced to abandon after crashing when he hit a kerb.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.