04.10.21 Words - Pictures - Getty - Jojo Harper

A mark in history

Lizzie Deignan became the first woman to win Paris-Roubaix on Saturday.

She went the extra-mile, attacking over 80 kilometers from the finish and dominating each of the seventeen cobbled sectors alone. Deignan had a lead as large as two and a half minutes and had more than a minute as she entered the velodrome.

It was a dominant performance by a legendary rider who has won many of the biggest races in women’s cycling, from World Championships, to La Course, to Liège-Bastogne-Liège, to the Tour of Flanders.

“We didn’t have a chance to dream for so long; it’s always been a men’s race. and I am just so proud that this is where we are, that women’s cycling is on the world stage now.”