Gallery: Teams recon the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix

Mini-Etixx riders join the fun

The ancient roads of Paris-Roubaix are barely used for much of the year, but each April they emerge from the fertile mud of Northern France and nurture the creation of cycling legends. The rough, cobbled paths require power, skill and finesse to traverse, so each year the peloton descends upon the course in the days leading up to the race to see what new hell has risen up from the ground.

Professionals mix with enthusiasts in these relaxed reconnaissance rides, and this year the juniors, who race on Sunday as well, were captured on course as were a few very young fans in Etixx-Quick Step regalia.

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), winner of the Tour of Flanders, Driedaagse De Panne and the Scheldeprijs took to the cobbles with his team in hopes of finding that elusive secret formula for success.

Sep Vanmarcke (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Stijn Devolder (Trek Factory Racing) were all smiles, happy that the cold rain of the earlier Classics has turned to warm sunshine for Sunday.

Enjoy this gallery of the Paris-Roubaix reconnaissance.

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