Kopecky: "I couldn't move. I was in a lot of pain after the fall and initially feared my ankle was broken. I didn't think I could continue. In the end, I got back on the bike and then it went better and better. It proves that in Paris-Roubaix it's never done."
Although Kopecky's group approached the early breakaway to within 10 seconds, the gap was never bridged. In the end, the Belgian did win the sprint of the chasers for seventh place. "I can't blame myself for anything," Kopecky concluded. "Without that fall, we will definitely be back at the front. I felt very strong, even after the fall. But in Paris-Roubaix, the bad luck factor also plays a big role now. Next year I will come back. One day I will manage to win here."