10th April, 1994. 167.8 miles
PARIS ~ ROUBAIX
Easily recognizable with his signature grimace, old-style helmet, and powerful riding style.
The only cyclist to have four nationalities. A retired Soviet (until 1991), Moldovan (1992–1995), Ukrainian (1995–1998) and Belgian (since 1998).
In an apocalyptic maelstrom of mud, blood, and cobblestones he won alone that day with an advantage of over a minute in front of Fabio Baldato and Franco Ballerini.
Tchmil used Rock Shox Paris~Roubaix SL suspension folks which subsequently launched an 'ad-blitz' for the product.
The race time that day was 7h 28' 02"
At the age of 31 Andrei Tchmil took his first and only victory at The Hell of The North.
All words by Thom Barnett