The 37-year-old Australian, held off a late charge from four-time winner Tom Boonen (Etixx-QuickStep) to add his names to those engraved in the Roubaix velodrome showers. Boonen, who was on the cusp of history, took a hard-fought second place with Ian Stannard (Team Sky) in third.
Pre-race favourite Fabian Cancellara, who had already been dropped, crashed hard in the Mons-en-Pévèle, which was covered in mud. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) employed some sterling bike handling skills to ride over Cancellara’s bike but never made it back to the front group.
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