Attacking with 41 km to go and seeming to float on air into Roubaix, Johan Museeuw, the Lion of Flanders takes his 10th World Cup race victory in the centiennial running of Paris-Roubaix. An incredible ride by a tremendous champion.
Steffen Weseman of Telecom sprinted for second 3.03 behind Museeuw, followed hard on by USPS revelation, 21 year old Tom Boonen, in his first few months as a professional bike racer. Boonen rode his heart out in the breakaway from the beginning, doing his role as domestique to USPS leader George Hincapie proud, but having to go on alone when Hincapie slipped on muddy pave and found himself in the roadside ditch with 15km to go.
Less than a minute down on Weseman and Boonen, Hincapie's group rolled into the Roubaix velodrome at 3.58 and it was CSC Tiscali's Tristan Hoffman, followed by Lars Michaelson of Team Coast, and a very tired and disappointed Hincapie in sixth.
1. Johan Museeuw (Bel) Domo 6.37.57
2. Steffen Wesemann (Ger) Team Telekom 3.03
3. Tom Boonen (Bel) US Postal Service 3.07
4. Tristan Hoffman (Ned) Team CSC Tiscali 3.58
5. Lars Michaelsen (Den) Team Coast
6. George Hincapie (USA) US Postal Service
7. Thierry Gouvenou (Fra) Bigmat - Auber 93
8. Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Domo - Farm Frites
9. Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis, le credit par téléphone
10. Enrico Cassani (Ita) Domo - Farm Frites
World Cup standings after Paris-Roubaix
1. Johan Museeuw (Bel) Domo - Farm Frites 170
2. Mario Cipollini (Ita) Acqua e Sapone 120
3. Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei-Quickstep 106
4. George Hincapie (USA) USPS 82
5. Fred Rodriguez (USA) Domo - Farm Frites 79