Having taken the win back in 2016, Mitchelton-Scott have a good record when it comes to the Paris-Roubaix. In the 2018 edition, however, the team were unable to achieve a podium position.
Italian rider Matteo Trentin crashed hard, taking him out of the race. The 28 year old received immediate medical attention and has suffered a fracture in the thoracic region, but thankfully is in a stable condition.
2016 Paris-Roubaix winner Mat Hayman, meanwhile, finished 22nd. Speaking after the race, Hayman said he “was having a fairly good day but then just ran out of legs.”
“I was able to follow those key guys but I wasn't able to make a difference. That's Roubaix, you spend a lot of energy getting through important sectors and then the race really starts.”
“When Sagan went I was still looking for some opportunities at different points and you do never know in this race. At one point we were not very far from that chase group, maybe just 10-15 seconds, but that didn't happen.”
Mitchelton-Scott's History in the Paris-Roubaix
Mat Hayman holds the record for having ridden the most editions of Paris-Roubaix, 17 in total. He took his 2016 win on a Scott Foil road bike, a lightweight aero machine.
His decision to ride an aero bike flew in the face of convention wisdom when it comes to the classics; riders typically choose endurance model fitted with wide tyres and other modifications to cope with the harsh cobbled sections.
Versatility is perhaps the hidden secret to the Scott Foil though, and one that has certainly been carried forward to the 2018 model thanks to the continued focus on compliance. Around the seat tube the Scott Foil 2018 has 86% more vertical compliance than previous versions of the bike. The result is a comfortable ride even on rough roads.
A redesigned frame specific to the disc models prevent the bulkier disc calipers from adding a drag penalty and, impressively, only adds 40g to the final weight of the bike.