Congrats to Tom Boonen as he enters the pantheon of greatness with victory in Paris-Roubaix! But, the revelation of this great race goes to 24 year old Dutchman, Martijn Masskant.
Slipstream-Chipotle's boss, Jonathan Vaughter predicted before the race, that he was going to have a 'good ride today." This is his first attempt in Hell and he rode well to come in an astounding fourth, 3:39 behind Torpedo Tom.
"Sleepy Martijn" is what his Slipstream teammate's call him because he likes to sleep in. He pulled a surprise fourth place finish while supporting his leader, Magnus Backstedt. The emerging Slipstream team came unhinged after Backstedt had mechanical troubles in the Arenberg Forest and eventually DNF.
Masskant moved on through, in the last few kilometer's, to chase down Devolder and O'Grady for his fantastic result. You may remember that earlier on this season he enjoyed strong finishes in; Tour of Flanders(12th) & Monte Paschi Eroica(4th).
Look out for more from him as the season continues.
(photo): After his astounding fourth place finish. 'Sleepy Martijn' awakens to the reporter's questions.