The Welshman battled to 49th after playing a key team role across the vast majority of the race, only losing the front group for good once he’d given up a wheel to teammate Ian Stannard inside the final 80 kilometres.
A year earlier Doull had suffered an untimely crash midway through the race and never made it back to the front group, eventually finishing outside the time limit. This time round it was a different story, as he kept clawing his way back after three or four incidents he believes would have finished him off in 2017.
“Last year at Roubaix I was way outside the time limit, although I finished,” he explained. “I didn’t even have much bad luck. I crashed once and never made it back.
“This year, I had three or four incidents which, if I’d have had one of them last year, I would never have made it back. It’s having that strength to always come back to the race. It was the same in Strade Bianche as well. It feels like the polar opposite of last year.