Paris-Roubaix brought a close to the 2016 cobbled Classics season, and eyes will now turn to the hilly Ardennes Classics before focus shifts once again to the Giro d’Italia and the season’s first Grand Tour.
Mat Hayman (Orica-GreenEDGE) claimed victory in Roubaix, his first Monument at the age of 37, while world champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) ended his Monument duck with victory at the Tour of Flanders – one week on from winning Gent-Wevelgem.
In fact, it was a great few weeks for the man in the rainbow jersey, who was also second at E3 Harelbeke, behind Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky).
The 2016 cobbled Classics also marked the end of an era, with Fabian Cancellara bidding farewell to the pave as he prepares to retire at the end of the season.
With racing in Flanders done and dusted, and iconic cobbled hills like the Koppenberg once again just regular farm roads, what can we take from the 2016 races? We’ve picked out some of the winners and losers from this year’s cobbled Classics campaign.