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Gallery: The key moments from the Cobbled Classics

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Many riders, as usual, suffered punctures at Paris-Roubaix

Many riders, as usual, suffered punctures at Paris-Roubaix
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The chasing pack driving for the finish at the Tour of Flanders

The chasing pack driving for the finish at the Tour of Flanders
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The chasers at Paris-Roubaix couldn't get near Boonen after he attacked

The chasers at Paris-Roubaix couldn't get near Boonen after he attacked
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The media swarm round Boonen after his win at Paris-Roubaix

The media swarm round Boonen after his win at Paris-Roubaix
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Bernard Hinault congratulates Tom Boonen after Paris-Roubaix

Bernard Hinault congratulates Tom Boonen after Paris-Roubaix
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Boonen's daring attack at Paris-Roubaix was decisive

Boonen's daring attack at Paris-Roubaix was decisive
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A jubilant Tom Boonen is all smiles after winning the Tour of Flanders

A jubilant Tom Boonen is all smiles after winning the Tour of Flanders
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Boonen savours the moment of victory at the Tour of Flanders

Boonen savours the moment of victory at the Tour of Flanders
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Spectators up close and personal with the riders at Paris-Roubaix

Spectators up close and personal with the riders at Paris-Roubaix
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Peter Sagan gets a helping hand at the Tour of Flanders

Peter Sagan gets a helping hand at the Tour of Flanders
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Ballan, Boonen and Turgot on the podium at Paris-Roubaix

Ballan, Boonen and Turgot on the podium at Paris-Roubaix
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The riders snake through the countryside during Paris-Roubaix

The riders snake through the countryside during Paris-Roubaix
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The battle for second at Paris-Roubaix was a tight one

The battle for second at Paris-Roubaix was a tight one
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Filippo Pozzato picks prepares to rejoin the race at Paris-Roubaix

Filippo Pozzato picks prepares to rejoin the race at Paris-Roubaix
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Pozzato attacks at the Tour of Flanders but Boonen shadows him

Pozzato attacks at the Tour of Flanders but Boonen shadows him
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Lance Armstrong (furthest right) was an interested spectator at Paris-Roubaix

Lance Armstrong (furthest right) was an interested spectator at Paris-Roubaix
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The peloton passes a tram at Gent-Wevlegem

The peloton passes a tram at Gent-Wevlegem
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The streets were packed with fans at Gent-Wevlegem

The streets were packed with fans at Gent-Wevlegem
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It was a crisp and clear spring day at Gent-Wevlegem

It was a crisp and clear spring day at Gent-Wevlegem
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Breschel, Boonen and Sagan on the podium at Gent-Wevlegem

Breschel, Boonen and Sagan on the podium at Gent-Wevlegem
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Boonen swoops to win Gent-Wevlegem in dramatic fashion

Boonen swoops to win Gent-Wevlegem in dramatic fashion
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Rojas (Movistar), Tosatto (Team Saxo Bank) and Van Avermaet crash spectacularly at Gent-Wevelgem

Rojas (Movistar), Tosatto (Team Saxo Bank) and Van Avermaet crash spectacularly at Gent-Wevelgem
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Boonen gets the better of Pozzato at the death to win the Tour of Flanders

Boonen gets the better of Pozzato at the death to win the Tour of Flanders
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Ballan, Pozzato and Boonen play cat and mouse in the final couple of kilometres at the Tour of Flanders

Ballan, Pozzato and Boonen play cat and mouse in the final couple of kilometres at the Tour of Flanders
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Pozzato goes on the attack at the Tour of Flanders

Pozzato goes on the attack at the Tour of Flanders
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Pozzato, Boonen and Ballan on the podium at the Tour of Flanders

Pozzato, Boonen and Ballan on the podium at the Tour of Flanders
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As usual there were huge and fanatical crowds at the Tour of Flanders

As usual there were huge and fanatical crowds at the Tour of Flanders
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Tom Boonen on his way to a third victory at the Tour of Flanders

Tom Boonen on his way to a third victory at the Tour of Flanders
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The peloton climbing at the Tour of Flanders

The peloton climbing at the Tour of Flanders
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Ballan, Boonen and Pozzato in the moments before their breakaway at the Tour of Flanders

Ballan, Boonen and Pozzato in the moments before their breakaway at the Tour of Flanders
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Stijn Devolder and Filippo Pozzato hit the deck at Paris-Roubaix

Stijn Devolder and Filippo Pozzato hit the deck at Paris-Roubaix
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A puncture for Stijn Devolder at the Tour of Flanders

A puncture for Stijn Devolder at the Tour of Flanders
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Tom Boonen is reminded where he is

Tom Boonen is reminded where he is
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Boonen was able to milk the applause at the velodrome at Paris-Roubaix

Boonen was able to milk the applause at the velodrome at Paris-Roubaix
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Boonen kicked for home solo some 52km out at Paris-Roubaix and held on comfortably

Boonen kicked for home solo some 52km out at Paris-Roubaix and held on comfortably
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Rich applause for Tom Boonen from his home crowd at the Tour of Flanders

Rich applause for Tom Boonen from his home crowd at the Tour of Flanders
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Tom Boonen in splendid isolation at Paris-Roubaix

Tom Boonen in splendid isolation at Paris-Roubaix
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King of the Cobbles: Tom Boonen

King of the Cobbles: Tom Boonen
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Boonen corners at Paris-Roubaix in the closing stages

Boonen corners at Paris-Roubaix in the closing stages
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Boonen starts his attack at Paris-Roubaix

Boonen starts his attack at Paris-Roubaix
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Boonen wins for the third time at Gent-Wevlegem

Boonen wins for the third time at Gent-Wevlegem
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Four star: Boonen celebrates a record-equalling fourth win at Paris-Roubaix

Four star: Boonen celebrates a record-equalling fourth win at Paris-Roubaix
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Boonen all smiles after pipping Pozzato at the Tour of Flanders

Boonen all smiles after pipping Pozzato at the Tour of Flanders
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Tom Boonen's win at Paris-Roubaix will be talked about for years to come

Tom Boonen's win at Paris-Roubaix will be talked about for years to come
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Alessandro Ballan and Sebastien Turgot fight for second place at Paris-Roubaix, with Turgot edging it

Alessandro Ballan and Sebastien Turgot fight for second place at Paris-Roubaix, with Turgot edging it
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Boonen and Cancellara side by side at the Tour of Flanders, shortly before a horror crash ended the Swiss rider's cobbles campaign

Boonen and Cancellara side by side at the Tour of Flanders, shortly before a horror crash ended the Swiss rider's cobbles campaign
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Alessandro Ballan climbs at the Tour of Flanders

Alessandro Ballan climbs at the Tour of Flanders
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Ballan attacks at the Tour of Flanders

Ballan attacks at the Tour of Flanders
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Defending champion Johan Vansummeren at Paris-Roubaix

Defending champion Johan Vansummeren at Paris-Roubaix
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The 2012 Cobbled Classics are now behind us and we head to Ardennes full of memories and still amazed by Tom Boonen's dominant performances at the Gent-Wevlegem, the Tour of Flanders and, last weekend, Paris-Roubaix.

In pulling off two characteristic sprint victories and a stunning solo victory, the Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider has written a new glorious chapter in what has already been a decorated and colourful career. He has set records and made history along the way and few would bet against him returning next year and adding even more titles to his palmares.

Although Boonen really was the story over the last couple of weeks, there were plenty of other sub plots and incidents. So click on our gallery for the photographic story of the 2012 Cobbled Classics.