The former world champion produced a dominant trip over the 115.6km course and held off a strong late surge by Dutch nice Marianne Vos to win by one minute and 17 seconds.
“I really feel extremely proud,” Deignan, who provides the maiden Paris Roubaix to her different notable triumphs together with final yr’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege, stated.
“Women’s biking is at this turning level, and at this time is a part of history. It proves the urge for food for women’s biking and that the riders can do one of many hardest races on this planet.”
“Today I used to be the third rider (within the staff) and I needed to be within the entrance on the first cobbled part to guard my leaders. But then I noticed there was a spot so I simply stored going.”
After three circuits round Denain, Trek Segafredo rider Deignan established a small lead over the pack simply earlier than the first of 17 cobbled sections with greater than 80km remaining.
With riders struggling to arrange a concerted chase, lots of them slithering over on the greasy cobbles, former world champion Deignan powered right into a commanding lead.
With 30km remaining the Trek-Segafredo rider held a lead of two minutes 30 seconds over a gaggle together with Vos (Jumbo Visma), staff mate Audrey Cordon-Ragot and Germany’s Lisa Brennauer (Ceratizit-WNT).
Deignan, dealing with the bone-shaking “pave” cobblestones with aplomb, maintained her benefit as a number of fancied riders together with European champion Ellen van Dijk crashed closely.
Vos lastly put the hammer right down to try to catch Deignan, slicing into the lead as she powered by means of the Carrefour de L’Arbre cobbled part.
Vos closed the hole to 1:18 as Deignan started the ultimate 10km, however Deignan proved unshakeable out entrance because the famed Roubaix velodrome end approached.
Deignan was to this point forward that the finale contained in the Roubaix velodrome resembled a lap of honor because the Yorkshire rider wrote her title into the biking history books.
Vos completed greater than a minute behind, with Deignan’s staff mate Elisa Longo Borghini in third place.
Organizers ASO, who additionally personal the Tour de France, added a women’s model of the 125-year-old Paris Roubaix final yr, however the COVID-19 pandemic meant they needed to wait one other yr to trip the so-called Hell of the North.
The debut for the Paris Roubaix Femmes race and for a women’s Tour de France subsequent yr are seen as steps ahead within the lengthy battle for gender equality in skilled biking, though there stays an extended solution to go.
While Sunday’s males’s race over an extended distance boasts a complete prize pot of 91,000 euros, the women’s race has solely 7,505 euros with Deignan receiving 1,535 euros – about 1/twentieth of what the winner of the lads’s race will take residence.