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Gallery: Images from the Northern Classics

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Chris Sutton topped Yauheni Hutarovich (FDJ) and André Greipel (Omega Pharma-Lotto) in the field sprint finale.

Chris Sutton topped Yauheni Hutarovich (FDJ) and André Greipel (Omega Pharma-Lotto) in the field sprint finale.
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Cancellara was a cut above early in the season.

Cancellara was a cut above early in the season.
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It was a day for the true hard men of cycling

It was a day for the true hard men of cycling
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The peleton on on a cobbled section of E3 Prijs

The peleton on on a cobbled section of E3 Prijs
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tom Boonen (Quick Step) and Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur - Sojasun) try to hold off the peloton in the final kilometres.

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) and Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur - Sojasun) try to hold off the peloton in the final kilometres.
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Sebastian Langeveld (Rabobank) celebrates the biggest win of his career

Sebastian Langeveld (Rabobank) celebrates the biggest win of his career
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Langeveld and Flecha sprint to the line

Langeveld and Flecha sprint to the line
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Johan Van Summeren (Garmin-Cervélo) proposed to his girlfriend after winning Paris-Roubaix. "Some people give a ring," he said. "I give a rock."

Johan Van Summeren (Garmin-Cervélo) proposed to his girlfriend after winning Paris-Roubaix. "Some people give a ring," he said. "I give a rock."
(Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Johan Van Summeren raises the famous Pari-Roubaix winner's cobblestone trophy

Johan Van Summeren raises the famous Pari-Roubaix winner's cobblestone trophy
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Johan Van Summeren (Garmin-Cervelo) celebrates his solo victory at Paris-Roubaix

Johan Van Summeren (Garmin-Cervelo) celebrates his solo victory at Paris-Roubaix
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Johan Van Summeren (Garmin-Cervelo) rides through the dust

Johan Van Summeren (Garmin-Cervelo) rides through the dust
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Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) and Bernhard Eisel (HTC-Highroad)

Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) and Bernhard Eisel (HTC-Highroad)
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Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) pushing the pace on the climb

Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) pushing the pace on the climb
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Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-SunGard) celebrates and Chavanel despairs

Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-SunGard) celebrates and Chavanel despairs
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Nick Nuyens (behind) goes across to Fabian Cancellara and Sylvain Chavanel

Nick Nuyens (behind) goes across to Fabian Cancellara and Sylvain Chavanel
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The crowds were out en force in Flanders

The crowds were out en force in Flanders
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As usual there were huge crowds on the Muur

As usual there were huge crowds on the Muur
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Robbie McEwen (RadioShack), Theo Bos (Rabobank), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) as Tyler Farrar (Garmin - Cervelo) goes down

Robbie McEwen (RadioShack), Theo Bos (Rabobank), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) as Tyler Farrar (Garmin - Cervelo) goes down
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Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) has plenty of time to celebrate

Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) has plenty of time to celebrate
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Cancellara and Lars Bak on the last lap of the velodrome

Cancellara and Lars Bak on the last lap of the velodrome
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Hands up if you think Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) is the favourite for the Tour of Flanders

Hands up if you think Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) is the favourite for the Tour of Flanders
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Paris-Roubaix is a hard, hard race

Paris-Roubaix is a hard, hard race
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Yoann Offredo (FDJ) sits on the tarmac in Wevelgem.

Yoann Offredo (FDJ) sits on the tarmac in Wevelgem.
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Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-SunGard) on the Muur

Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-SunGard) on the Muur
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Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) early in his solo move.

Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) early in his solo move.
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Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) on a cobbled climb

Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) on a cobbled climb
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Tom Boonen (Quick Step) takes the win

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) takes the win
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Sylvain Chavanel didn't have enough to contend with Nick Nuyens

Sylvain Chavanel didn't have enough to contend with Nick Nuyens
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Christian Knees (Omega Pharma - Lotto)

Christian Knees (Omega Pharma - Lotto)
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Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) goes on the attack

Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) goes on the attack
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Philippe Gilbert on the Paterberg

Philippe Gilbert on the Paterberg
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The northern classics came to a spectacular finish on Sunday with Johan Van Summeren's gutsy victory in Roubaix. The Belgian's win capped one of the most unpredictable classics seasons in recent memory. It's easy to forget about the races earlier in the season, like CJ Sutton's win at Kuurne Brussel-Kuurne, or Fabian ‘Spartacus' Cancellara's powerful display finishing alone at E3 Prijs Vlaanderen.

Fortunately, we've put together a gallery of some of the best moments captured on film during the 2011 cobbled racing season; we've tried to capture the highs – and the lows.

Het Nieuwsblad celebrated the victory of an unsung rider in Sebastien Langeveld, who pipped Juan Antonio Flecha to the line in a rain-affected sprint.

E3 was threatened by strikes over race radios, but will be remembered for a strong, early season performance from Cancellara.

Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne was won by Chris Sutton but he was only given the chance to sprint when the Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen felt ill late in the race.

Tom Boonen was not going to leave the classics season empty-handed with a lunge for the line at Gent-Wevelgem, and who could forget the strength on show at Flanders? Philippe Gilbert, Sylvain Chavanel, Nick Nuyens and that man again, Cancellara lit up one of the most explosive editions of the Ronde.

Scheldeprijs offered a final chance for sprinters looking to open their spring account, and Mark Cavendish took it decisively in a crash marred finish.

The hell of the north offered a fitting finale to the season, as super-domestique Johan Van Summeren rode to the biggest win of his career in the velodrome at Roubaix and capped it off by proposing to his long-term girlfriend.