ROUBAIX, France — Australian veteran Matthew Hayman out-sprinted his rivals to win the Queen of Classics on Sunday for the biggest win of his career.
The 37-year-old Hayman — whose previous career highlight was the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games road race in 2006 — beat four-time champion Tom Boonen of Belgium in a dash to the line.
Hayman is the second Australian to win the famed race over cobblestones after Stuart O’Grady in 2007.
Britain’s Ian Stannard finished third ahead of Belgium’s Sep Vanmarcke with Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen placing fifth.
Boonen tried to pull away some 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the end but was caught up. The 35-year-old Boonen still looked well set for a fifth win as he led Hayman and Vanmarcke coming into the velodrome.