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Photos: Paris-Roubaix course recon

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Defending champion Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) rides sectors of Paris-Roubaix cobbles.

Defending champion Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) rides sectors of Paris-Roubaix cobbles.
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Quick Step recons sectors of Paris-Roubaix cobbles.

Quick Step recons sectors of Paris-Roubaix cobbles.
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The Leopard-Trek team previews the pavé

The Leopard-Trek team previews the pavé
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Fabian Cancellara is the focus of all attention going into Paris-Roubaix

Fabian Cancellara is the focus of all attention going into Paris-Roubaix
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Fabian Cancellara studies the stones

Fabian Cancellara studies the stones
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The Leopard Trek team previewed the Arenberg forest secteur on Thursday.

The Leopard Trek team previewed the Arenberg forest secteur on Thursday.
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The press descend upon Cancellara as he gets some help with his bike.

The press descend upon Cancellara as he gets some help with his bike.
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Team Leopard Trek warms up for Paris-Roubaix

Team Leopard Trek warms up for Paris-Roubaix
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Defending paris-Roubaix champion Fabian Cancellara.

Defending paris-Roubaix champion Fabian Cancellara.
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Cancellara gets some alone-time with the cobbles.

Cancellara gets some alone-time with the cobbles.
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Rabobank riders examine Sunday's parcours.

Rabobank riders examine Sunday's parcours.
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Juan Antonio Flecha leads his Sky teammates through the Arenberg Forest.

Juan Antonio Flecha leads his Sky teammates through the Arenberg Forest.
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Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) has plenty of Paris-Roubaix experience.

Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) has plenty of Paris-Roubaix experience.
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Team Sky's Matthew Hayman and Bradley Wiggins.

Team Sky's Matthew Hayman and Bradley Wiggins.
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Team Sky training on the Paris-Roubaix cobbles.

Team Sky training on the Paris-Roubaix cobbles.
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Danilo Hondo (Lampre-ISD)

Danilo Hondo (Lampre-ISD)
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Quick Step team members in the Arenberg Forest.

Quick Step team members in the Arenberg Forest.
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Dusty conditions for Tom Boonen (Quick Step)

Dusty conditions for Tom Boonen (Quick Step)
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Gerald Ciolek (Quick Step)

Gerald Ciolek (Quick Step)
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Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) will make his Paris-Roubaix debut on Sunday.

Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) will make his Paris-Roubaix debut on Sunday.
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Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) will be the man to beat in Paris-Roubaix.

Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) will be the man to beat in Paris-Roubaix.
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Fabian Cancellara and his Leopard Trek teammates prep for Sunday's Paris-Roubaix.

Fabian Cancellara and his Leopard Trek teammates prep for Sunday's Paris-Roubaix.
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Andrea Tafi leads a group through the Arenberg Forest.

Andrea Tafi leads a group through the Arenberg Forest.
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Katusha team members ride the cobbles.

Katusha team members ride the cobbles.
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Europcar riders get in some training on the cobbles.

Europcar riders get in some training on the cobbles.
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An iconic section of Paris-Roubaix.

An iconic section of Paris-Roubaix.
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Retaining fences are set up for Sunday.

Retaining fences are set up for Sunday.
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Calm before the storm in the Arenberg Forest.

Calm before the storm in the Arenberg Forest.
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The cobblestones of the Arenberg Forest await the peloton.

The cobblestones of the Arenberg Forest await the peloton.
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Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) rolls through the Arenberg Forest.

Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) rolls through the Arenberg Forest.
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Leif Hoste (Katusha) on the Arenberg Forest cobbles.

Leif Hoste (Katusha) on the Arenberg Forest cobbles.
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Two legends of Paris-Roubaix: Johan Museeuw, left, and Andrea Tafi

Two legends of Paris-Roubaix: Johan Museeuw, left, and Andrea Tafi
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Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Sky)

Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Sky)
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Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step)

Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step)
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Three-time Paris-Roubaix champion Tom Boonen (Quick Step)

Three-time Paris-Roubaix champion Tom Boonen (Quick Step)
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The Arenberg Forest awaits...

The Arenberg Forest awaits...
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The entrance to the Arenberg Forest off in the distance.

The entrance to the Arenberg Forest off in the distance.
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Europcar riders get acquainted with the Arenberg Forest cobbles.

Europcar riders get acquainted with the Arenberg Forest cobbles.
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Up close and personal with Paris-Roubaix cobblestones.

Up close and personal with Paris-Roubaix cobblestones.
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As Sunday's Paris-Roubaix fast approaches, teams have been spending time riding key sectors of cobbles and making sure their bikes are dialled in for the unique rigors of the 258km route's punishing pave.

Defending champion Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek), three-time winner Tom Boonen (Quick Step) and 2009 runner-up Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) were joined by their teammates in scouting out what is shaping up to be a dry and dusty edition of the "Hell of the North".

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