Paris-Roubaix 2018: At 18.13, one hour later than Peter Sagan, Evaldas Šiškevičius (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) reached the velodrome out of time, with gates closed. Organizers still opened the gate for him giving him the joy to reach the finish line.
In fact, the 29-year-old Lithuanian’s appears among 61 others in the list of DNFs in the results of Paris-Roubaix 2018, but the real story is more inspiring. Šiškevičius started to race just to be able to see the finish line. But things didn’t go well, he left behind by the flying peloton, and while riding alone on the unforgiving cobbles, the broom wagon caught him with more than 40 kilometers remaining.
For the next 23 kilometers, until the Carrefour de l’Arbre, he rode just in front of the minibus, which was carrying a cargo of a handful of muddied and bloodied abandoned riders with their bikes on a trailer behind. But things got even worse on that 5-star cobbled sector: he punctured a tire. Luckily, his team car was just behind the broom wagon, laden on a truck, and he could get himself a wheel from the back of the team car.
But now he was completely alone. Even the broom wagon passed him and left him behind. He continued riding, regardless. At 18.13, one hour later than Peter Sagan, he reached the velodrome out of time, with the gates closed. Šiškevičius says: “But thankfully the marshal was sympathetic and let me in. That way I could still ride my lap and a half on the track.”