Paris Roubaix April 14 1996 - dossard number 4 cycling sweater
More than eighty kilometers from Roubaix, a Mapei-GB quartet blows away all opposition. The Italians Ballerini - last year's winner -, Bortolami and Tafi fly over the cobblestones. Johan Museeuw is also on board, the race seems to have already been completed: a Mapei rider wins Paris-Roubaix. But which one?
Ballerini punctures a second time and has to let his mates go. Museeuw and co do not wait.
The nervousness is gradually reaching boiling point. Museeuw imposes his will on his Italian companions, but less than ten kilometers from the finish, the Belgian rider has a second puncture. So is this the chance for Bortolami and Tafi? No, the Italians are waiting for their leader.
They arrive together in the Roubaix velodrome.
Six hands go up in the air, Museeuw wins. One, two, three, never seen. The Lion of Flanders adds the Hell Classic to his palmares for the first time. The first of eventually three cobblestones.
Premium backpocket cycling sweater, made in Portugal. Mapei style backpocket Dossard/Race number 4