Van Der Poel au dessus des autres !

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Van Der Poel au dessus des autres !

Son maillot blanc est resté blanc. Pas une goutte de boue, de sang ou de goudron. Mathieu van der Poel a traversé en prince les 259 kilomètres de Paris-Roubaix 2024, qu’il a remporté en solitaire, dans son maillot immaculé de champion du monde, dimanche 7 avril.

Superfavori, supervainqueur. Aussi linéaire dans le suspens de course que dans cette épreuve rectiligne qui arase les plaines du Nord. A 59 kilomètres de l’arrivée, le Néerlandais de l’équipe belge Alpecin-Deceuninck place son accélération décisive sans même chercher à piéger ses adversaires, sur l’un des sentiers pavés les moins rugueux de la journée, par une légère descente. C’était chemin des Abattoirs. Près des usines à chicorée, là où la municipalité d’Orchies (Nord) avait autrefois installé la découpe du bétail, avec sa triperie en annexe et sa citerne remplie de sang.

Vainqueur à la vitesse record de 47,8 km/h, Mathieu van der Poel devance de trois minutes son coéquipier belge Jasper Philipsen et le Danois Mads Pedersen (Lidl-Trek). Il remporte ainsi son deuxième Paris-Roubaix en deux ans et sa deuxième très grande classique en deux semaines, après son échappée de 44 kilomètres dans le Tour des Flandres.

Un Teeshirt à son éffigie

2. Clean you steed

It is best practice to rinse your bike after every winter ride to prevent mud from caking on or freezing to your frame, but this is even more important when you’re about to bring it into the workshop. Keep your workspace clean by giving your bike a good scrub down with bike wash spray and your handy brush set, then rinse with gentle water pressure, being careful around bushings, seals, and bearings to avoid pushing mud into them. Wipe down your bike with a clean cloth, and take the time to clean the seals on your fork, dropper post, and shock if you’re riding a full suspension before you bring it into the shop.

3. Chain love

Set up your bike in the stand, and use a chain cleaner or old toothbrush to clean every link of your chain, taking time to inspect each link for wear. Your chain tends to wear faster than any other part of your drivetrain, and taking time to deeply clean it will help prolong its life. Once your chain has been fully cleaned, lubricate it with a wet lube and allow 5 to 10 minutes for the lube to penetrate the rollers and links of your chain. Wet lube is preferable over dry lube for winter riding due to its thicker viscosity. Wipe your chain to remove any excess lube with a clean, dry rag to prevent dust and dirt accumulation.

4. Protect your frame

To help keep future water and mud rolling off of your ride, spray protective sealant on a clean rag or shop towel and wipe down your frame. Avoid spraying protective sealant directly onto your frame, as it can cause issues if it comes into contact with your brake pads or rotors.

5. Check the nuts and bolts

Using a torque wrench, tighten each bolt on your bike to its specific tension requirements. A torque wrench is especially important when tightening bolts around carbon components and on the frame, where overtightening can cause cracking and serious damage. Work front to back beginning with your front axle and brake adapter, moving up to your stem, headset, shifters, and brakes levers, then down to your cranks, up towards pivot bolts, seatpost, and seat collar, and finally back down to the rear end of your bike focusing on the rear brake adapter, derailleur, and axle.

6. Wheel talk

Give your wheels a once-over. Check the tires for wear on the tread, and swap to a new tire if they are in need of some love. Top up your tubeless setup by removing your valve core and using a small bottle of sealant to add a couple fresh ounces of flat protection to your tire. Replace the valve core and pump back up to your desired tire pressure. Take a few minutes to check your spokes— spokes are often forgotten about through the riding season, so give them a quick pass and hand-tighten any that feel a little loose.

7. Looking shifty

Shift through your cassette top to bottom and bottom to top to make sure everything is shifting precisely. If it isn’t, tweak the limits on your derailleur to better align it, or bring it by your local bike shop for help getting it shifting just right.

8. Brake power

Remove the pads from your brake calipers and inspect them for wear. If they have a glazed-over look, use a piece of fine-grit sandpaper to scuff the surface of the pads and remove the buildup. Check how thick your brake pads are—if the fins on your brakes stick out further than the brake pad, chances are you’ve only got a couple of rides left in them, and it’s time to replace them with a fresh pair.

9. Pump it up

It’s unusual to lose much or any air in your suspension over the season, but it’s always worth taking a few minutes to check it out while you’ve got your bike in the shop. Check the pressure in your fork and rear suspension using a shock pump, and make any tweaks you need to dial in your suspension. Finish giving your suspension a once-over with a touch of suspension spray on the stanchions to fight stiction and keep things moving smoothly.

10. Bearings in mind

Polish up your bike’s key bearings for a smoother ride. There’s a lot of debris that comes with winter riding, and cleaning out the gunk will prolong the life of your components. Pull your crank to clean your bottom bracket, and remove your fork to clean all of the bearings in your headset, then grease them so they’re ready to take on the frozen trails ahead.

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