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A win 'gives you that energy to keep fighting' – Defending champion Alison Jackson returns to Paris-Roubaix

Last year at this time, Alison Jackson had yet to win a race across 18 months. The Canadian veteran grabbed hold of opportunity just 15km from the start of the third edition of Paris-Roubaix Femmes avec Zwift when she escaped among an early breakaway group. She then sprinted ahead of six others to claim a career-defining victory at the Roubaix velodrome. 

“For me, it was going to have a lot of meaning to win a Monument and also to write my name in the history book as the first Canadian, male or female, to have won any of the Monuments. Yeah, that itself I am really proud of,” Jackson told Cycling News before she began racing the spring Classics this season with her new team, EF Education-Cannondale.

“We will lose so often going to get that little bit of a win, that can take you years and years,” Jackson told Cycling News. “That one win that gives you that energy to keep fighting and training hard and riding in the rainy weather. Things like that just validate the journey and that special type of fun.”

SOURCE: CyclingNews   (go to source)
AUTHOR: jackie.tyson@futurenet.com
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