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Complete live report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand

Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of Paris-Roubaix.

  1. 08:56:54 CEST

    Bonjour from the Hell of the North. We are just 20 minutes away from the start of the 112th edition of Paris-Roubaix.

  2. 08:58:53 CEST

    The riders are currently getting off their team buses and heading to the start area. Many are signing autographs and checking their bikes for a final time before the start.

  3. 08:59:42 CEST

    The sky is grey in Compeigne but there is little chance of rain today. It is almost certain to be yet another dry Paris-Roubaix.

  4. 09:01:28 CEST

    Team Sky has captured the moment before the start and celebrated Gabriel Rasch's final race with a team selfie photo.

  5. 09:03:04 CEST

    Tom Boonen has signed on. He is targeting a record breaking fifth win.

  6. 09:09:04 CEST

    This year's Paris-Roubaix will be the final showdown on the cobbles between Tom Boonen (OPQS), Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) and Peter Sagan (Cannondale). 

    Other names to watch for include Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin),  and perhaps Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky).

  7. 09:11:15 CEST

    This years race is 257km long, with 28 sectors of pave, adding up to a total of 51.1km on the cobbles.

  8. 09:13:19 CEST

    As riders line-up for the start, Cancellara takes a moment to focus his mind before the race. With his arms on the tops of his bars, he lowers his head in a kind of pray or moment of meditation.

  9. 09:15:11 CEST

    Before the start Boonen spoke briefly to the journalists in Compeigne.

    "There's always a bit of tension at the start but I'm relaxed, more relaxed than before the Tour of Flanders. Maybe because this race
    suits me so well and maybe because I'm in better form than last week," he said.

  10. 09:26:22 CEST

    And they're off! The riders have rolled out of the square in Compiegne.

  11. 09:28:22 CEST

    The race heads out of town for the official race start.

  12. 09:33:59 CEST

    25 teams and 199 riders have officially started Paris-Roubaix from kilometre 0.

  13. 09:34:33 CEST

    After the flag is dropped, three rider immediately go on the attack. 

  14. 09:38:51 CEST

    The peloton is lined out, with many riders wearing leg warmers and gilet. It is only 9C but fortunately the roads are dry. 

  15. 09:41:33 CEST

    The riders face 97.5km on normal roads before the first section of pave at Troisvilles à Inchy.

  16. 09:42:44 CEST

    Race radio informs us that there now eight riders on the attack, while Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) and Peter Sagan (Cannondale) stay near the back of the peloton.

  17. 245km remaining from 257km

    09:45:11 CEST

    The eight riders have been caught. The peloton is back together.

  18. 09:51:58 CEST

    The average speed so far, as the first break tries to get away, is 48km/h.

  19. 09:58:12 CEST

    We have another attack at the head of the peloton.

  20. 10:05:32 CEST

    There are eight riders in the move and they have a 25-second lead.

  21. 221km remaining from 257km

    10:12:06 CEST

    The eight attackers are: David Boucher (FDJ.fr), Kenny de Haes (Lotto Belisol), Andreas Schillinger (NetApp-Endura), Michael Kolar (Tinkoff-Saxo), Clément Koretzky (Bretagne-Séché Environnement), Benoit Jarrier (Bretagne-Séché Environnement), Tim De Troyer (Wanty - Groupe Gobert) and John Murphy (UnitedHealthCare).

  22. 10:12:26 CEST

    They now have a lead of 1:00.

  23. 10:27:42 CEST

    The eight now lead by 2:20. The peloton has settled into steady pursuit mode as the first hour of racing comes to an end.

  24. 10:34:04 CEST

    In the last few days Cyclingnews has attended all the big-name rider press conferences and followed riders in training.We also captured the rider's thoughts at the start and during Saturday's team presentation.

    Fabian Cancellara has won Paris-Roubaix three times. He revealed that he keeps his cobblestone trophy in three special windows in his sauna. He is ready to call in the builders if he wins for a fourth time.

    Cancellara is also chasing a record breaking third Tour of Flanders - Paris-Roubaix double and a second consecutive double after dominating the cobbles in 2013.

  25. 10:34:59 CEST

    "I know that I can make history if I win, but in the end I’m just thinking about the race itself and I’ll give my maximum possible to do the race well," Cancellara said.

     

    "I have nothing to lose because I won last weekend. It’s the really more the others who are under a bit of pressure. I won the Tour of Flanders so I can stay a bit more relaxed, and maybe it’s up to the others to make the race. I have a few cards to play."
     

  26. 10:36:03 CEST

    The riders have covered 48.6km in the first hour. The pace has now eased slightly, with the break of eight extending its lead to 4:40.

  27. 10:45:24 CEST

    The peloton has eased but the breakaways have pressed on, extending their lead to 9:10 after 50km of racing.

  28. 10:57:35 CEST

    The riders are just 30km from the first sector of pave.

  29. 11:03:36 CEST

    This year there are 28 sectors of pave for a total of 51.1km. Each one is rated by stars, from one (the easiest) to five (the hardest).  

  30. 11:05:26 CEST

    Race orgsanisers ASO confirmed this year's route after studying the cobbles last week. Read about the cobbled sections and see their star ranking of difficulty here.

  31. 11:12:57 CEST

    The most difficult sectors of the cobbles come in the final part of the race. The sectors count down from 1 to 28, with the last symbolic 300m sector coming just a kilometre from the finish in the Roubaix velodrome.

  32. 11:14:19 CEST

    The early sectors test the riders legs and shake out some of the weaker riders. The Forest of Arenberg (sector 18) traditionally marks the start of the real racing and opens the gates the Hell of the North.

  33. 11:16:54 CEST

    As the riders saw during their training rides on Thursday and Friday, the cobbles are dry and dusty with some sheltered sectors, like the Forest of Arenberg, surrounded by grass, which could raise the risk of crashes.

  34. 11:19:09 CEST

    Tom Boonen knows the cobbles like the back of his hand. He is looking for a record breaking fifth Paris-Roubaix title today.

    He took his last victory in the famous velodrome two years ago, with an audacious solo break. He would love to do it again this time around.

    His build-up hasn’t been ideal and he didn’t have the legs at the Tour of Flanders.

    “At the Tour of Flanders I was pretty good, until the last 30km. The last half hour I was on the limit, physically,” he explained.

    “On Friday I felt really good on the cobblestones. I hope now that I will make it to the finish line. It’s all a little bit on the limit. I don’t really have anything to look at and say ok I am ready for this race, but I did the maximum possible. It’s not up to me any more. I just need to start and do my best.”

    Boonen and Fabian Cancellara have been the two men that have dominated this race over the past decade. The pair have won seven of the last ten editions between them and are odds on to make it an eighth. But Boonen won’t just be keeping an eye out for Cancellara out there on the cobbles.

    “Last year there was Sep Vanmarcke and he is one of the guys that will be there for the next few years. (Greg) van Avermaet is good on the cobblestones. It is the first time for Sagan and we will also have to look at him and I will be looking into his eyes to see what he can do here,” Boonen said.
     

  35. 11:25:10 CEST

    Equipment plays a major role in Paris-Roubaix. A puncture can cost a rider his chance of victory and a bike needs to offer comfort and great handling while also allowing the riders to race at speed.

     

  36. 11:28:51 CEST

    Cyclingnews bike tech expert James Huang is in France for Paris-Roubaix and has produced this detailed photo gallery of Fabian Cancellara's Trek Domane Classics bike for the race.

    It has his custom Spartacus design.

    Will this be he bike that dominates the pave today?

    Check out the gallery here.

  37. 11:29:32 CEST

    Back in the race, the break is just five kilometres from the first sector of pave.

  38. 11:31:52 CEST

    Four teams have put riders at the front of the peloton to lead the chase: Omega Pharma Quick Step, Trek Factory, Belkin and Katusha.

    They are working for their big-name team leaders.

  39. 11:36:21 CEST

    After two hours of racing, the average speed is 46.1km. That is fast!

  40. 11:38:59 CEST

    The break is on the cobbles.

  41. 11:42:44 CEST

    The Cyclingnews reporters Barry Ryan, Brecht Decaluwé and Sadhbh O'Shea are on the race, with tech specialist James Huang and Sam Damsie from our sister site Bikeradar.com. 

    They captured many of the big-name riders at the start of the race for this special photo-gallery.

    Click here to enjoy the images.

  42. 11:44:42 CEST

    The break and the peloton made it over the first sector of pave without any major problems. Only 27 more sectors to go.

  43. 11:45:32 CEST

    The riders have already covered 102km of the 257km race distance.

  44. 11:51:59 CEST

    Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara are the big name rivals but Filippo Pozzato has often been the bridesmaid at Paris-Roubaix.

    He is not having a great season but should not be ruled out. He spoke before the race.

    "Vanmarcke who’s going very strongly and I think is one of the big favourites too. And there’s also a rider who I like a lot, the French rider Démare, who I think is the biggest talent out there in the peloton. So for the French there’s a very. very good rider who could do well."

     

    "I hope I’ve found the strength I was missing last week. I’m confident because Paris-Roubaix is a race I like a lot and I finally have the sensations that I want, so I’ll leave it all out there because it’s the last race I have before the break before the Giro and I want to do well."

     

    "I think there are some good young riders coming up, even if I think it will be the same names up there fighting it out for victory."

     

    Can you improve in the space of a week?

    "I think it’s possible, and since I’ve gone home I’ve analysed the race a bit to see what might have gone wrong in the build-up because I know that I worked really, really hard."

    "I have an incredible foundation of work done but I missed a little bit to stay out in front and fight for the race. Maybe I made a bit of a mistake in not racing as much in the month before Tirreno and Roma Maxima because with a physique like mine, you need to work a lot on race rhythm. Maybe last Sunday was good for me mentally and by hanging on in there, it might give me a little something extra to be in front, we’ll see. I’m confident, a lot more confident than last week when I had a few doubts. But we’ll see how it goes."


     

  45. 11:53:01 CEST

    The break has covered pave sectors 27 and 26, their lead has fallen to 7:30.

  46. 12:03:37 CEST

    As the kilometres and sectors of pave countdown to the Forest of Arenberg, the tension in the race is starting to rise.

  47. 142km remaining from 257km

    12:04:21 CEST

    The eight attackers have a lead of 7:20 now.

  48. 12:05:17 CEST

    The peloton has just completed sector 26 and riders grab bottles from their teams parked at the exit.

  49. 12:07:14 CEST

    The break is passing through the feed one in Solesmes and collecting their lunch.

  50. 12:07:45 CEST

    In the peloton Tom Boonen is at the back after dropping back to the OPQS team car.

  51. 12:17:19 CEST

    Boonen apparently punctured. According to today's Gazzetta dello Sport, the Belgian had never punctured in his 14 rides at Paris-Roubaix and has only crashed once, in 2011. 

    Could this be an unlucky Roubaix for Boonen.  

  52. 12:20:23 CEST

    Demare (FDJ.fr) also punctured, as did a Europcar rider, who swapped bikes with a teammate.

  53. 12:21:24 CEST

    This morning at the start in Compiègne there were a lot of people gathering around the Trek Factory Racing team to catch a glimpse of top favourite Fabian Cancellara.

    The team's DS Dirk Demol looked back one more time at the late loss of Stijn Devolder from his team.

    "He was very downhearted when he left the team hotel on Friday. He did so much for it. During the day of Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne he trained for seven hours, not just riding along the canal but full on training. You know he didn't even touch one single bit of chocolat since New Year's Day? He lived one hundred percent for it and was more ready than ever to do well in Flanders and Roubaix," Demol told Cyclingnews.

  54. 12:24:38 CEST

    Jimmy Engoulvent was the Europcar rider who swapped bikes. He is now back onto the peloton.

  55. 12:25:09 CEST

    Tom Boonen is also back at the front of the peloton.

  56. 127km remaining from 257km

    12:28:07 CEST

    It is time for sector 22 from Verchain-Maugré à Quérénaing. It has 3 stars.

  57. 12:29:29 CEST

    Demare seems to be having a tough day. He has been caught up in a crash at the rear of the peloton.

  58. 12:31:21 CEST

    The dry weather means there are hundreds of thousands of spectators along the race route. It also means the race throws up a dust storm as the riders and team cars blast past.

  59. 12:32:05 CEST

    Demare gets back on to the peloton yet again. Now he needs to move up to the front. 

  60. 12:32:56 CEST

    There is only 25km to go until the Forest of Arenberg.

  61. 120km remaining from 257km

    12:34:34 CEST

    The peloton hits sector 22. The cobbles are very rough and covered in dry mud.

  62. 12:37:07 CEST

    Démare spoke briefly before the race.

    "My goal is to gain experience and stay in contact as best I can with the strongest riders for as long as possible, people like Cancellara and Boonen. I’ll fight to stay in front for as long as I can." he said.
     

  63. 12:39:09 CEST

    Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) finished second in 2013, beaten by Fabian Cancellara in a sprint in the velodrome. He is looking to take revenge on that defeat.

    "I dream of a similar scenario to last year but this time finishing ahead of Fabian Cancellara," he said.

    "I should have done a track stand to avoid doing the sprint from the front. I’ve learned a lot from my error and I’ve taken advice from my teammate Theo Bos to give me a better chance. I’m 25, which is young for a race like this but I’ve already done it four times and I think I have enough experience to finally win it."
     

  64. 12:41:36 CEST

    The Omega Pharma-QuickStep team is at the front of the peloton. While Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) continues to ride at the back.

  65. 12:46:39 CEST

    The Trek, Katusha and Belkin teams are also near the front as the speed rises in the peloton.

  66. 12:47:29 CEST

    The peloton is about to hit sector 20: Maing à Monchaux-sur-Écaillon.

  67. 110km remaining from 257km

    12:53:04 CEST

    The eight breakaways are still working smoothly together but their leads is down to 6:00. The should make it to the Forest of Arenberg but the peloton is hunting them down.

  68. 12:54:43 CEST

    BMC is working to bring Greg van Avermaet back up to the peloton. He seems to have suffered a puncture.

  69. 12:55:48 CEST

    Race radio has warned the teams that a vehicles lost some oil near the entrance to Forest of Arenberg. The organisers are trying to clean up the spill but it could be another factor in a key point of the race.

  70. 12:56:30 CEST

    Crash! Several riders go down as the peloton goes under a bridge.

  71. 12:57:22 CEST

    Several riders are chasing, while more road furniture causes problems for the riders.

  72. 12:57:56 CEST

    It has caused a split in the peloton.

  73. 12:59:31 CEST

    The USA's John Murphy (UnitedHealthcare) is on the front of the break and looks strong.

  74. 13:01:09 CEST

    Sagan has punctured. He's back chasing with a teammate but is off the back of the peloton.

  75. 13:01:46 CEST

    Two other teammates are waiting for him but the peloton is about to hit sector 19. 

  76. 13:03:37 CEST

    The Forest of Arenberg is just 5km away. Well come to Hell!

  77. 13:04:31 CEST

    Sagan is at the back of the peloton but have tome to move up before the Forest starts.

  78. 13:05:00 CEST

    up front they're already fighting and sprinting for position before the Forest.

  79. 13:06:25 CEST

    Team Sky has hit the front, with Wiggins also there. 

  80. 13:07:25 CEST

    The peloton is on sector 19. This is a 2.5km sector and the last before the Forest of Arenberg. 

  81. 13:07:53 CEST

    Geraint Thomas is leading the peloton.

  82. 13:09:05 CEST

    Team Sky has taken control of the peloton. With all the big favourites tucked in behind them.

  83. 13:09:48 CEST

    There is a strong side wind and with Thomas riding on the crown of the road, the other riders are forced to suffer in the wind.

  84. 13:10:38 CEST

    The metal tower of the Arenberg mine is the sign that the Forest is approaching.

  85. 13:12:10 CEST

    The approach to the Forest is slightly downhill, increasing the speed. A level crossing also throws up other problems.

  86. 13:12:36 CEST

    The peloton enters the Forest of Arenberg!

  87. 13:13:14 CEST

    The sector is 2.4km long and dead straight. Today i it packed with fans, packed on one side of the cobbled road.

  88. 13:13:38 CEST

    The Forest is a 5-star sector, meaning it one of the hardest.

  89. 13:14:09 CEST

    Several riders from the break have punctured, leaving just four riders up front.

  90. 13:14:46 CEST

    Andreas Schillinger (Team NetApp-Endura) is leading and looks the strongest.

  91. 13:16:15 CEST

    Now it's time for the peloton to hit the Forest of Arenberg.

  92. 13:17:12 CEST

    The peloton is flying on the early part of the cobbles.

  93. 13:17:58 CEST

    Riders are trying to take the centre of the cobbles to avoid the mossy parts between the cobbles.

  94. 13:19:16 CEST

    Björn Leukemans (Wanty - Groupe Gobert) is leading the peloton.

  95. 13:19:55 CEST

    A trek rider has stopped on the side of the cobbles, with a mechanical problem.

  96. 13:20:30 CEST

    It's Gregory Rast. He seems to know his race is over.

  97. 13:20:59 CEST

    Kristoff also needed a wheel from a teammate and is at the back of the peloton.

  98. 13:21:54 CEST

    The peloton is leaving the Forest and taking on bidons. The riders are also studying who is well-placed and who is suffering.

  99. 13:23:48 CEST

    The Forest of Arenberg has caused little damage with no major crashes or splits. This year's race is still wide open. However Kristoff is in a chase group, as some attacks go off the front of the peloton.

  100. 13:27:26 CEST

    The race has been slowed by a level crossing. Boucher, who punctured in the Forest has been stopped. 

  101. 13:27:59 CEST

    Behind a crash on sector 17 of pave scatters the peloton for a moment.

  102. 13:31:41 CEST

    The peloton has eased slightly but it surely won't last long.

  103. 13:31:57 CEST

    Crash! Cancellara goes down.

  104. 13:32:44 CEST

    A rider moved off the kerb and brought down Cancellara and a lot of other riders.

  105. 13:33:24 CEST

    Cancellara didn't go down hard and is quickly aware but he's at the back of the peloton.

  106. 13:33:44 CEST

    The crash will only raise the tension in the peloton.

  107. 13:34:57 CEST

    It looked like Hayden Roulston (Trek Factory Racing) caused the crash by jumping from the kerb. He lost control of his bike and went down hard.

  108. 13:35:24 CEST

    It seems Kristoff also went down. He's having a tough race.

  109. 13:36:31 CEST

    Race radio has announced that Kristoff has retired. His race is over. 

  110. 13:37:08 CEST

    Behind Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) needed some help from his team mechanic.

  111. 13:39:03 CEST

    Boonen is on the front of the peloton and trying to force a split. Gaps are opening.

  112. 13:39:37 CEST

    Niki Terpstra is helping Boonen. This is a serious attack.

  113. 13:40:32 CEST

    There are ten riders in a front group. Everyon e else is scattered across the pave.

  114. 13:41:15 CEST

    Sagan is stuck behind, while Greg van Avermaet (BMC) is leading the attack.

  115. 13:43:17 CEST

    There are still a lot of riders in the main peloton and so the race could come back together. Some chasers have already caught the Boonen move and Thor Hushovd (BMC) is trying his hand off the front. 

  116. 13:49:17 CEST

    The attack is pulled back but other riders try and Hushovd goes again. He looks strong.

  117. 70km remaining from 257km

    13:51:04 CEST

    John Murphy (UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team) is no longer in the break, which is down to three riders.

  118. 13:52:06 CEST

    The peloton is about to start sector 14. This will surely cause more problems and splits.

  119. 13:52:29 CEST

    There are still 60 or more riders in the peloton.

  120. 13:53:07 CEST

    Behind Filippo Pozzato has punctured and Bradley Wiggins has been distanced after a puncture.

  121. 13:54:30 CEST

    A Team Sky rider has crashed, going off into the grass at speed.

  122. 13:55:31 CEST

    Up front Offredo (FDJ.fr) has made an attack and the peloton is splitting under the effort.

  123. 13:56:19 CEST

    Degeonkolb is trying to get back on with Hayman and Durbridge but they have a lot of work to do.  

  124. 13:57:29 CEST

    After the cobbles, the peloton eases and then other attacks go off the front. The race is in a state of flux.

  125. 13:59:13 CEST

    The peloton is feeding from the roadside, with Sagan at the back, in the cars.

  126. 64km remaining from 257km

    14:02:17 CEST

    Sector 13 and Boonen goes on the attack again. He's is clear alone.

  127. 14:03:27 CEST

    Boonen is going across to some earlier attackers as a crash takes down Luca Paolini (Katusha).

  128. 14:03:49 CEST

    A Cofidis rider also ends up in the ditch. This is Paris-Roubaix.

  129. 14:04:53 CEST

    Boonen has joined what is a big group of adventurers. Thomas is in there too.

  130. 14:05:52 CEST

    Fabian Cancellara and Bradley Wiggins are both in the peloton despite crashes and punctures.

  131. 14:07:26 CEST

    Matthieu Ladagnous (FDJ.fr) is also in the front group. They are now the front group after catching the trio up front. 

  132. 14:07:59 CEST

    There are 12 riders in the move. The peloton is only 20 seconds behind, with BMC leading the chase.

  133. 14:08:55 CEST

    Thomas and Boonen are trying to drive the move but the other riders seem tired or unwilling to work.

  134. 14:09:30 CEST

    The riders hit the Orchies sector, number 12, and so Boonen tries to split the group.

  135. 14:09:59 CEST

    There are five BMC leading the chase behind.

  136. 14:10:56 CEST

    Is Boonen sacrificing his chances for a teammate or trying to take control of the race?

  137. 57km remaining from 257km

    14:14:09 CEST

    After 200k of racing, the Boonen attack has 22 seconds but the Belgian does not seem convinced it is the right strategy.

  138. 14:14:52 CEST

    Behind BMC, Team Sky also has four riders up front, with Boasson Hagen and Trek has several teammates to help Cancellara.

  139. 14:16:38 CEST

    There are six riders in the Boonen move but the gap is falling. It is just 10 seconds now.

  140. 14:17:16 CEST

    Boonen flicks his elbow to wave Thomas through but he seems frustrated that the move is about to fail.

  141. 14:18:02 CEST

    The six hit sector 11, with the peloton breathing down their necks. Sagan is also up there.

  142. 14:18:33 CEST

    As expected Boonen surges again, attacking on the grass on the side of the road.

  143. 14:19:35 CEST

    Only Thomas seems able to go with Boonen into a stiff headwind.

  144. 14:20:26 CEST

    Yannick Martinez (Team Europcar) is also there but the peloton is coming up to them.

     

  145. 14:21:45 CEST

    Thor Hushovd (BMC) is coming across to the four upfront.

  146. 14:22:42 CEST

    Bert De Backer (Giant-Shimano) is also with Boonen.

  147. 14:23:55 CEST

    The pave sector has split the peloton and a group has caught Boonen's group.

  148. 14:24:46 CEST

    However things will get very serious very soon. It's time for the Mons-en-Pévèle sector. It is 3km long and always shakes-up the race.

  149. 50km remaining from 257km

    14:26:37 CEST

    Here we go!

  150. 14:27:12 CEST

    Hushovd leads the attack but the peloton can see them.

  151. 14:29:10 CEST

    Boonen is on the front and is driving the pace. The arrival of Hushovd has changed the race and the chances of this move staying away.

  152. 14:29:58 CEST

    BMC is no longer chasing behind, forcing Belkin and Trek to do the work.

  153. 14:31:28 CEST

    Belkin has Bram Tankink in the Boonen attack but his teammates are working behind.

  154. 14:31:48 CEST

    There are only 25 or so riders in the peloton now.

  155. 14:33:09 CEST

    The six have opened a 30-second lead and feed quickly after the pave. Behind Trek takes up the chase for Cancellara.

  156. 14:34:39 CEST

    Wiggins and Sagan are also in the peloton.

  157. 14:37:44 CEST

    The race is a knife edge. It could either way. Boonen's attack could stay away. But chasers could soon come after them with conviction.

  158. 14:38:35 CEST

    Gregory Rast is now working for Cancellara at the head of the peloton but the gap is still growing. It is now 45 seconds.

  159. 14:39:17 CEST

    Could Cancellara try to go across the gap on his own?

  160. 14:42:08 CEST

    Here we go! Sep Vanmarcke has surged clear and Cancellara has gone after him.

  161. 14:43:19 CEST

    Boom is on Cancellara's wheel. They need to work together after they leave sector number 8.  The gap is 30 seconds.

  162. 14:43:55 CEST

    Other riders are coming across to form a serious chase group.

  163. 14:45:01 CEST

    There are 15 riders in the chase group but they have lost speed.

  164. 14:45:51 CEST

    Now Sagan tries to go across the gap. He's had a difficult race with a puncture before the forest of Arenberg but looks good now.

  165. 35km remaining from 257km

    14:46:42 CEST

    Upfront Boonen goes on the attack. He's trying to go clear alone from the rest of the breakaway.

  166. 14:47:49 CEST

    Boonen is away and nobody seems to have the legs to go after him.

  167. 14:48:34 CEST

    Thomas tries and drags back the group up to Boonen. That is not a good sign for Boonen.

  168. 14:49:25 CEST

    The riders hit sector 7, with Sagan and a Belkin rider off the front of the chasers.

  169. 14:50:01 CEST

    Boonen again waves his hand in frustration that nobody has the strength or desire to work with him.

  170. 14:50:44 CEST

    Cancellara remains on the wheels in the chase group. Is he waiting or is he tired? 

  171. 14:52:27 CEST

    John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) is also in the chase group despite his problems earlier.

  172. 14:54:22 CEST

    Borut Bozic (Astana Pro Team) changes bikes due a problem. He is in the chase group and so still has a chance.

  173. 14:57:36 CEST

    Sagan and Maarten Wynants (Belkin Pro Cycling Team) are fading and the peloton can see them. They are 15 seconds from the attackers but only 10 seconds ahead of the peloton.

  174. 14:59:15 CEST

    The riders hit the double whammy sector of Cysoing à Bourghelles and Bourghelles à Wannehain.
     

  175. 15:01:16 CEST

    Boonen tries to inspire the attackers but the gap is down to ten seconds. however Sagan and Wylants have got across.

  176. 15:01:55 CEST

    But Behind Cancellara is also giving it a go.

  177. 15:02:18 CEST

    Crash! Greg van Avermaet (BMC) go down on a dusty corner.

  178. 15:03:01 CEST

    The dust is incredible today, making it difficult for the riders to see the road in front of them.

  179. 21km remaining from 257km

    15:04:26 CEST

    As the riders return to normal roads, the peloton looks set to catch the Boonen group. 

  180. 15:05:14 CEST

    However Belkin now has three riders up front and Sagan goes again to kick live back into the attack. He goes away alone.

  181. 20km remaining from 257km

    15:06:21 CEST

    The group has failed to get organised behind Sagan.

  182. 15:06:56 CEST

    The break can see Sagan and the peloton can see the break.

  183. 15:07:32 CEST

    Sagan starts sector 5: Camphin-en-Pévèle. 

  184. 15:08:23 CEST

    Behind Vanmarcke and Cancellara have caught the Boonen group.

  185. 15:09:33 CEST

    The 25-rider group now has Sagan in its sights as Vanmarcke begins the chase, with Cancellara on his wheel.

  186. 15:09:49 CEST

    Other riders are fighting to stay with them.

  187. 15:11:33 CEST

    With them are Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) and Stybar (OPQS).

  188. 15:12:52 CEST

    Sagan hits the Carrefour de l’Arbre  sector alone. But the chase is on behind.

  189. 15:13:34 CEST

    Thomas has crossed to the Cancellara chase group.

  190. 15:13:55 CEST

    Terpstra is trying to drag Boonen across too but he looks tired.

  191. 15:14:42 CEST

    The chasers catch Sagan, with Vanmarcke upping the speed.

  192. 15:15:39 CEST

    Wiggins is just behind Terpstra and looks good, better than Boonen.

  193. 15:16:40 CEST

    Sagan has been dropped by the four up front, with Cancellara driving on the front but fights to get back on. 

  194. 13km remaining from 257km

    15:17:29 CEST

    Behind Boonen, Terpstra, Wiggins and Thomas are leading the chase.

  195. 15:18:37 CEST

    Sebastian Langeveld (Garmin-Sharp) is also there with the Wiggins group.

  196. 15:19:54 CEST

    The five upfront have a 15-second lead.

  197. 15:20:28 CEST

    Stybar logically refuses to work upfront. He has Boonen and Terpstra behind.

  198. 15:21:17 CEST

    The final real sector of pave will be decisive.

  199. 15:24:40 CEST

    All together. The five attackers did not work together and the chasers caught them.

  200. 15:25:02 CEST

    The riders hit the Willems à Hem sector. There is just 8km to go.

  201. 15:26:07 CEST

    There are 11 riders in the front group. Anyone of them could win this year's race.

  202. 15:26:50 CEST

    Degenkolb has De Backer to help him in the finale, to control the attacks. He must be the favourite for a sprint finish on the velodrome.

  203. 15:28:33 CEST

    Terpstra tries to go off the front as they hit the roundabout and begin the main road to Roubaix. 

  204. 15:29:19 CEST

    Thomas sets off in pursuit of Terpstra but the Dutchman has an 11-second lead.

  205. 5km remaining from 257km

    15:29:51 CEST

    What a finale!

  206. 15:30:58 CEST

    Terpstra is gaining time. The race is slipping from the grasp of the other riders.

  207. 3km remaining from 257km

    15:31:50 CEST

    Everyone is tired behind.

  208. 15:32:39 CEST

    Terpstra is using his time trial skills as he tries to stay away and reach the velodrome alone.

  209. 15:33:26 CEST

    Everyone else seems ready to fight for second and third place. In modern cycling points are also important for team rankings and future rider salaries.

  210. 15:34:23 CEST

    Terpstra is on the drops with his mouth open as he begins the final, symbolic sector of pave. He's almost at the velodrome. 

  211. 15:34:48 CEST

    He enters the track. A lap and half to a great solo victory.

  212. 15:35:11 CEST

    The packed crowd gives him a huge cheer as the bell rings.

  213. 15:36:00 CEST

    Tersptra sits up and wins Paris-Roubaix, waving his arms in celebration.

  214. 15:36:57 CEST

    A few seconds behind, John Degenkolb wins the sprint for second place ahead of Geraint Thomas.

  215. 15:39:53 CEST

    We stand corrected Fabian Cancellara finished third, taking the final place on the podium, 20 seconds behind Terpstra.

  216. 15:44:45 CEST

    Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) finished fourth, with a tired Tom Boonen only tenth, behind Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) who proved he can race on the pave as well as in the Tour de France.

  217. 15:45:19 CEST

    Peter Sagan (Cannondale) was sixth after an aggressive race.

  218. 15:46:07 CEST

    This year's race saw the big riders cancel each other out, with different attacks and chases. 

  219. 15:47:51 CEST

    Terpstra was perhaps an outsider for victory but has been a key part of the Omega Pharma team. He took advantage of the riders controlling Boonen and Stybar.

  220. 15:49:01 CEST

    The wind also played a major factor in the race, slowing attacks, helping the chasers and tiring the riders.

  221. 15:51:05 CEST

    Thanks for joining us for our blow by blow live coverage today.

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