Paris-Roubaix triumph of Mathew Hayman would be treasured by Aussie cycling as much as Cadel Evans becoming the Tour de France champion.
This did not take him 3 weeks to win this but instead fifteen painful and long; and sometimes heartbreaking years.
This would be treasured because of the out-and-out fairytale of it all that triggered one Orica-GreenEDGE official of the team to declare on Sunday evening that there is a cycling god.
Following all the muck, this sport has hauled itself through in the last 5 years there has also been lot of good. The thirty seven year old once denied to give up on his childhood dreams and he finally won the 257km “monument” and this is one of his best. This must and would restore everyone’s faith in what is a beautiful sport and offer that nice people sometimes win.
After the race, Hayman told that he still could not believe that. If someone had told him earlier that he would win Paris-Roubaix, he would not believed them. He has had enough bad luck in Paris-Roubaix in the past fifteen years, everything went right that day. This was a huge race for him.
There are many layers that would make his win very special. He is now in his seventeenth year as a pro. A few days from now, he would turn 38 and probably call it a day at the end of the season.