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Mat Hayman film: 'I've never actually seen the whole race because I get too emotional'

Cyclist magazine
4 Apr 2017

Film by Zwift looks back at Mat Hayman's journey to Paris-Roubaix glory in 2016

Mat Hayman famously rode to Paris-Roubaix victory in 2016 after breaking his arm in a crash at Het Nieuwsblad just six weeks before. 

With his arm in a cast and having been told by doctors that his Classics season was effectively over, Hayman took to the turbo trainer in order to maintain his fitness and try to make a comback for Roubaix. 

'Mat sent me a photo of him on the trainer with his arm in a cast, and that someone had told him about Zwift,' says Mat's coach Ken Poulton. 

Hayman started out with rides of an hour or so, but within a few days had progressed to doing intervals and sprints, still with his arm in a cast. 

Poulton said that his position in the team was still unconfirmed a week before the race, but obviously it eventually was, and Hayman went on to do the ride of his life and claim the victory of his career.