13 Years Later


It’s 2001.
He knew the names by heart.
Peter Post, Jan Janssen, Jan Raas, Hennie Kuiper.
Then he was there, in the front group.
He attacked and got away.
Looked back and could not believe it.
He saw nothing behind him.
Not even Johan Museeuw could catch him.
He entered the Vélodrome solo.
He was the only rider who heard the bell.
He crossed the finish line all by himself.
Servais Knaven. The fifth Dutch winner of Paris-Roubaix.

It’s the 13th of April 2014.
13 years later.
He attacked and got away.
Looked back and could not believe it.
There was nothing but dust behind him.
Not even Fabian Cancellara was in his wheel.
He entered the Vélodrome all by himself.
They rang the bell just for him.
He crossed the finish line solo.
He smiled and cried at the same time.
Niki Terpstra, the new Dutch winner.
He loves Roubaix. We all do.

Niki Terpstra Paris-Roubaix 2014 Niki Terpstra wins the 2014 edition of Paris-Roubaix / © Tim De Waele

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