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Watch: The man who finished Paris-Roubaix last, an hour after winner Peter Sagan

Joe Robinson
10 Apr 2018

Evaldas Siskevicius was the last man to the velodrome on Sunday after a remarkable journey

Evaldas Siskevicius of Delko Marseille Provence KTM is not a household name, even among cycling's most diehard followers, but after his incredible journey to the Roubaix Velodrome on Sunday, he is bound to become one.

Battling sectuer after sectuer of cobbles at Paris-Roubaix, the Lithuanian found himself distanced from the peloton with the broom wagon setting him in its sights with almost 40km remaining.

As he persevered to the finish alone in front of the looming wagon, Siskevicius hit the final big test of the day, Carrefour de l'Arbe. He punctured.

Looking around luck struck. Part of the finishing convey happened to be a recovery truck with a team car on its rear. That car happened to be one of his Delko Marseille team cars that had been recovered after breaking down.

Scaling the truck, the rider reached into his car returning with a new wheel. Cheered on by the last remaining spectators, Siskevicius changed wheels and got back on his bike. He was adamant he would finish.

By this point the broom wagon had left, returning those who had abandoned to their team buses at the finish. Siskevicius was now all alone.

He eventually reached the velodrome to be met by one final obstacle, the gates had been closed.

Organisers opened up the gate and Siskevicius rolled across the line at quarter past 6, a whole hour afterwinner Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe).

The proud Lithuanian had some wise words.

'I never give up either on the bike or on other things in life, and I didn’t want to give up out of respect for the race, Paris-Roubaix is ​​a monument that you must honour,' Siskevicius said of his adventure.

For many reaching the finish of Paris-Roubaix is a victory in itself. Such a tough race, just 101 riders reached the time cut at this year's edition with Siskevicius being one of the unlucky many to be deemed DNF.

For Siskevicius and to us, he finished the race and he can hold his head aloft proud in the knowledge that through so much adversity he conquered the 'Queen of the Classics'.

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