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Video: How Zwift helped Mat Hayman win last year's Paris-Roubaix

Orica-Scott star spent six weeks on the turbo after broken arm to get fit for his 15th - and winning - participation in French Monument

Orica-Scott’s Mat Hayman was, for many, a surprise winner of Paris-Roubaix last year – although like another ‘outsider’, 2011 winner Johan Vansummeren, he had previous top-10 finishes in the race proving that, as the horse-racing pundits put it, he could go course and distance.

But the Australian nearly missed taking part at all in a race that he has admitted means more to him than any other as he fought to regain fitness after breaking his arm six weeks before what was to be his 15th participation in the race.

It would be one that, at the age of 37, finally brought him that prized cobblestone as well as a nameplate on a shower cubicle at Roubaix Velodrome – and now, a video from Zwift reveals how it helped him regain race fitness as he took to his home trainer in his garage ahead of the French Monument.

His victory 12 months ago also provided some compelling footage for his team’s Backstage Pass video covering the race – one in which another of its riders, Mitch Docker, sustained serious facial injuries following a crash in the Arenberg Trench.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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