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Roubaix tech: Cancellara's race winning rig

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Omega Pharma-Lotto riders were supplied with team-only 28mm-wide tubular tires from Continental.

Omega Pharma-Lotto riders were supplied with team-only 28mm-wide tubular tires from Continental.
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The fat seat stays on Tom Boonen's (Quick Step) Eddy Merckx is a strong contrast relative to the spindly used by many manufacturers today.

The fat seat stays on Tom Boonen's (Quick Step) Eddy Merckx is a strong contrast relative to the spindly used by many manufacturers today.
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Tom Boonen (Quick Step) used Ambrosio Nemesis box-section aluminum tubular rims today.

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) used Ambrosio Nemesis box-section aluminum tubular rims today.
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A Deda Elementi Superzero carbon fiber seatpost is secured within the stout-looking seat cluster on Tom Boonen's (Quick Step) Eddy Merckx.

A Deda Elementi Superzero carbon fiber seatpost is secured within the stout-looking seat cluster on Tom Boonen's (Quick Step) Eddy Merckx.
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Rabobank hoped team leader Lars Boom would land a high finish today but he only managed to secure 76th place after a tough day of racing.

Rabobank hoped team leader Lars Boom would land a high finish today but he only managed to secure 76th place after a tough day of racing.
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Tacx Taco aluminum cages were a popular choice today.

Tacx Taco aluminum cages were a popular choice today.
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The extra-long fork blades provide Rabobank's Giant TCR Advanced SLs with enough clearance under the crown to run fat tubulars.

The extra-long fork blades provide Rabobank's Giant TCR Advanced SLs with enough clearance under the crown to run fat tubulars.
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Clearance is similarly adequate out back as well.

Clearance is similarly adequate out back as well.
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Rabobank riders were about evenly split between standard Shimano Dura-Ace 7900 and Di2.

Rabobank riders were about evenly split between standard Shimano Dura-Ace 7900 and Di2.
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The internally routed wiring on Rabobank's Giant TCR Advanced SLs exited quite cleanly here.

The internally routed wiring on Rabobank's Giant TCR Advanced SLs exited quite cleanly here.
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The rear derailleur wire on the Rabobank Giants exits right at the end of the chain stay.

The rear derailleur wire on the Rabobank Giants exits right at the end of the chain stay.
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Tweaked dropouts on Rabobank's special Giant frames effectively lengthen the chain stays and add tire clearance up near the seat stay bridge.

Tweaked dropouts on Rabobank's special Giant frames effectively lengthen the chain stays and add tire clearance up near the seat stay bridge.
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The standard Giant TCR Advanced SL fork legs are cut a bit longer to gain more tire clearance under the crown.

The standard Giant TCR Advanced SL fork legs are cut a bit longer to gain more tire clearance under the crown.
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Giant provided the Rabobank riders with the same formula TCR Advanced SL that they used last year.

Giant provided the Rabobank riders with the same formula TCR Advanced SL that they used last year.
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Tom Boonen's (Quick Step) Eddy Merckx includes a custom chain watcher.

Tom Boonen's (Quick Step) Eddy Merckx includes a custom chain watcher.
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Just a shade of extra tire clearance was built into Tom Boonen's (Quick Step) Eddy Merkcx.

Just a shade of extra tire clearance was built into Tom Boonen's (Quick Step) Eddy Merkcx.
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Leif Hoste (Omega Pharma-Lotto) eventally came in eighth in this year's Paris-Roubaix.

Leif Hoste (Omega Pharma-Lotto) eventally came in eighth in this year's Paris-Roubaix.
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Milram mechanics added a zip-tie to the riders' Tacx cages to get a tighter fit.

Milram mechanics added a zip-tie to the riders' Tacx cages to get a tighter fit.
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Milram riders used their usual Focus Izalco machines instead of the Mares 'cross bikes they had prepared in case of bad weather.

Milram riders used their usual Focus Izalco machines instead of the Mares 'cross bikes they had prepared in case of bad weather.
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Milram team mechanics add a zip-tie to ensure the Garmin Edge 500 computers don't rattle out of their mounts.

Milram team mechanics add a zip-tie to ensure the Garmin Edge 500 computers don't rattle out of their mounts.
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Milram's carbon forks have reasonably good clearance at the fork for their fat tubular tires.

Milram's carbon forks have reasonably good clearance at the fork for their fat tubular tires.
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Milram rider Niki Terpstra set off from Compiegne with a lugged steel fork mounted to the front of his Focus Izalco.

Milram rider Niki Terpstra set off from Compiegne with a lugged steel fork mounted to the front of his Focus Izalco.
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Clearance around the tire was pretty good for Niki Terpstra's (Milram) lugged steel fork.

Clearance around the tire was pretty good for Niki Terpstra's (Milram) lugged steel fork.
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As the standard Focus Izalco fork uses a tapered steerer, a big reducer is needed to fit Niki Terpstra's (Milram) lugged steel fork.

As the standard Focus Izalco fork uses a tapered steerer, a big reducer is needed to fit Niki Terpstra's (Milram) lugged steel fork.
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Tom Boonen (Quick Step) ran double-wrapped bars on his Eddy Merckx.

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) ran double-wrapped bars on his Eddy Merckx.
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Tom Boonen (Quick Step) ran typically tight gearing on his Eddy Merckx on his way to fifth place today.

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) ran typically tight gearing on his Eddy Merckx on his way to fifth place today.
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Tom Boonen's (Quick Step) Eddy Merckx fork was built with a little extra clearance to fit bigger tubular tires.

Tom Boonen's (Quick Step) Eddy Merckx fork was built with a little extra clearance to fit bigger tubular tires.
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Tom Boonen (Quick Step) passed over his Belgian national champion bike in favor of this one, which was specially built with extra tire clearance at both ends.

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) passed over his Belgian national champion bike in favor of this one, which was specially built with extra tire clearance at both ends.
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We still haven't found out where European mechanics find these little rubber bits to protect the frame's paint from housing rub.

We still haven't found out where European mechanics find these little rubber bits to protect the frame's paint from housing rub.
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The Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 wiring harness enters Rabobank's Giant frames underneath the top tube.

The Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 wiring harness enters Rabobank's Giant frames underneath the top tube.
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Rabobank's special Paris-Roubaix Giant TCR Advanced SLs are hard to spot relative to the standard version so mechanics mark them with decals.

Rabobank's special Paris-Roubaix Giant TCR Advanced SLs are hard to spot relative to the standard version so mechanics mark them with decals.
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Spoke washers on Rabobank's rear hubs prevent excess movement in the flange to reduce stress on the spoke elbows - and reduce the chance of breakage.

Spoke washers on Rabobank's rear hubs prevent excess movement in the flange to reduce stress on the spoke elbows - and reduce the chance of breakage.
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Fabian Cancellara's (Saxo Bank) bike was all black save for a couple of Specialized logos and this badge on the top tube.

Fabian Cancellara's (Saxo Bank) bike was all black save for a couple of Specialized logos and this badge on the top tube.
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The machine that Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) used to win his second Paris-Roubaix.

The machine that Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) used to win his second Paris-Roubaix.
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Baden Cooke (Saxo Bank) was running an unmarked chain in today's race. Looks to us to be some other SRAM chain prototype with carved-out inner as well as outer links.

Baden Cooke (Saxo Bank) was running an unmarked chain in today's race. Looks to us to be some other SRAM chain prototype with carved-out inner as well as outer links.
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Having enough spare wheels - and placing them at enough locations - along the course is one of the keys to winning Paris-Roubaix.

Having enough spare wheels - and placing them at enough locations - along the course is one of the keys to winning Paris-Roubaix.
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Skil-Shimano rider Robert Wagner ran double-wrapped tape on his PRO bars.

Skil-Shimano rider Robert Wagner ran double-wrapped tape on his PRO bars.
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Skil-Shimano bicycle sponsor Koga provided the team with these custom Cobble Crosser rigs just for Paris-Roubaix.

Skil-Shimano bicycle sponsor Koga provided the team with these custom Cobble Crosser rigs just for Paris-Roubaix.
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Michelin doesn't offer tubulars to the public but it does make them special for teams on occasion.

Michelin doesn't offer tubulars to the public but it does make them special for teams on occasion.
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As the newest big team on the block, Team Sky's bus is not surprisingly one step above those of other teams.

As the newest big team on the block, Team Sky's bus is not surprisingly one step above those of other teams.
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The ridged base tape on these FMB Paris-Roubaix Pro tubulars make them easier to mount and center.

The ridged base tape on these FMB Paris-Roubaix Pro tubulars make them easier to mount and center.
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Though they didn't end up needing them, Team Sky riders could have used these snap-on covers for their Kask helmets.

Though they didn't end up needing them, Team Sky riders could have used these snap-on covers for their Kask helmets.
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Saur-Sojasun's Jimmy Casper set off for Roubaix on this Gitane.

Saur-Sojasun's Jimmy Casper set off for Roubaix on this Gitane.
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The guide on Jimmy Casper's (Saur-Sojasun) Gitane outlined all of the cobbled sections.

The guide on Jimmy Casper's (Saur-Sojasun) Gitane outlined all of the cobbled sections.
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Fabian Cancellara's (Saxo Bank) bike was fitted with a SRAM PG-1070 cassette and PC-1091R chain.

Fabian Cancellara's (Saxo Bank) bike was fitted with a SRAM PG-1070 cassette and PC-1091R chain.
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Grip tape is applied to the inside of the Tacx Tao Carbon cages on Fabian Cancellara's (Saxo Bank) Specialized 'Project Black' (surely a prototype for the upcoming S-Works Roubaix SL3) for a better hold on the bottles.

Grip tape is applied to the inside of the Tacx Tao Carbon cages on Fabian Cancellara's (Saxo Bank) Specialized 'Project Black' (surely a prototype for the upcoming S-Works Roubaix SL3) for a better hold on the bottles.
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Rabobank was using relatively small 24mm-wide Vittoria tubulars.

Rabobank was using relatively small 24mm-wide Vittoria tubulars.
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Radioshack team mechanics installed fully sealed Gore Ride-On cables on all of the Paris-Roubaix bikes for both derailleurs and brakes.

Radioshack team mechanics installed fully sealed Gore Ride-On cables on all of the Paris-Roubaix bikes for both derailleurs and brakes.
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Team Radioshack opted for SRAM's more open PG-1070 cassette in case of mud.

Team Radioshack opted for SRAM's more open PG-1070 cassette in case of mud.
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The slightly longer fork blades on Team Radioshack's modified Treks provided extra tire clearance under the fork crown and seat stay wishbone.

The slightly longer fork blades on Team Radioshack's modified Treks provided extra tire clearance under the fork crown and seat stay wishbone.
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One Radioshack rider also requested top-mount brake levers.

One Radioshack rider also requested top-mount brake levers.
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Team Radioshack's Sebastien Rosseler runs the levers quite high on his bars.

Team Radioshack's Sebastien Rosseler runs the levers quite high on his bars.
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Team Radioshack ran modified Trek Madone 6 Series machines for this year's Paris-Roubaix.

Team Radioshack ran modified Trek Madone 6 Series machines for this year's Paris-Roubaix.
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Team Radioshack used traditional-style box-section aluminum tubular rims to provide a better ride across Paris-Roubaix's cobbles.

Team Radioshack used traditional-style box-section aluminum tubular rims to provide a better ride across Paris-Roubaix's cobbles.
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Most Saxo Bank riders ran traditional box-section wheels while Fabian Cancellara ran Zipp 303s - even through the Arenberg forest.

Most Saxo Bank riders ran traditional box-section wheels while Fabian Cancellara ran Zipp 303s - even through the Arenberg forest.
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After the bike change debacle during the Ronde van Vlaanderen, Saxo Bank team mechanics installed red brake hoods on Matti Breschel's bike so they could pick it out more easily atop the team car.

After the bike change debacle during the Ronde van Vlaanderen, Saxo Bank team mechanics installed red brake hoods on Matti Breschel's bike so they could pick it out more easily atop the team car.
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2010 Paris-Roubaix winner Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) runs these brake pads up front

2010 Paris-Roubaix winner Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) runs these brake pads up front
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but SwissStop Yellow Kings in the back.

but SwissStop Yellow Kings in the back.
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Fabian Cancellara's (Saxo Bank) Specialized 'Project Black' prototype features internal cable routing - and gold anodized bits.

Fabian Cancellara's (Saxo Bank) Specialized 'Project Black' prototype features internal cable routing - and gold anodized bits.
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Jimmy Casper's (Saur-Sojasun) Gitane fork was built with an alloy steerer tube.

Jimmy Casper's (Saur-Sojasun) Gitane fork was built with an alloy steerer tube.
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Canyon's relatively long head tubes find many Omega Pharma-Lotto team riders on aggressively angled stems and no spacers.

Canyon's relatively long head tubes find many Omega Pharma-Lotto team riders on aggressively angled stems and no spacers.
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Vacansoleil riders tackled the brutal Paris-Roubaix course on these Batavus bikes.

Vacansoleil riders tackled the brutal Paris-Roubaix course on these Batavus bikes.
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HTC-Columbia's Scott Addicts in Paris-Roubaix feature more clearance and longer stays than usual.

HTC-Columbia's Scott Addicts in Paris-Roubaix feature more clearance and longer stays than usual.
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Bernhard Eisel's (HTC-Columbia) Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 rear derailleur shows some scars from a crash.

Bernhard Eisel's (HTC-Columbia) Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 rear derailleur shows some scars from a crash.
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HTC-Columbia is on slightly modified Scott Addicts for Paris-Roubaix.

HTC-Columbia is on slightly modified Scott Addicts for Paris-Roubaix.
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The composite insert in Bernhard Eisel's (HTC-Columbia) fi'zi:k saddle should lend a little extra cushioning over the cobbles.

The composite insert in Bernhard Eisel's (HTC-Columbia) fi'zi:k saddle should lend a little extra cushioning over the cobbles.
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Bernhard Eisel (HTC-Columbia) is using Shimano's new satellite shifter on his Dura-Ace Di2 group.

Bernhard Eisel (HTC-Columbia) is using Shimano's new satellite shifter on his Dura-Ace Di2 group.
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Now that's pro: Continental makes these tubulars just for the teams and doesn't even bother to create a real label for them.

Now that's pro: Continental makes these tubulars just for the teams and doesn't even bother to create a real label for them.
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HTC-Columbia set off on a mix of carbon and alloy wheels.

HTC-Columbia set off on a mix of carbon and alloy wheels.
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Euskaltel-Euskadi's Orbeas sported double-wrapped bars but only on the upper section.

Euskaltel-Euskadi's Orbeas sported double-wrapped bars but only on the upper section.
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Generous helpings of electrical tape help keep the bottles in place on these Euskaltel-Euskadi bikes.

Generous helpings of electrical tape help keep the bottles in place on these Euskaltel-Euskadi bikes.
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Euskaltel-Euskadi's Orbeas look totally stock with rather tight clearances around both the front and rear tires.

Euskaltel-Euskadi's Orbeas look totally stock with rather tight clearances around both the front and rear tires.
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Giant 27mm-wide Vittoria tubulars just barely fit in the Euskaltel-Euskadi Orbeas. Thankfully for them, it isn't likely to be an issue with the dry conditions.

Giant 27mm-wide Vittoria tubulars just barely fit in the Euskaltel-Euskadi Orbeas. Thankfully for them, it isn't likely to be an issue with the dry conditions.
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Long-reach brakes are needed to reach the rims on Francais des Jeux's Lapierres.

Long-reach brakes are needed to reach the rims on Francais des Jeux's Lapierres.
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These Lapierre S-Lites are similar to the ones Francais des Jeux has used in years past.

These Lapierre S-Lites are similar to the ones Francais des Jeux has used in years past.
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Vittoria Pave Evo-CG tubulars sport extra protection between the rubber and casing plus a fine pattern on the tread for grip on the cobbles.

Vittoria Pave Evo-CG tubulars sport extra protection between the rubber and casing plus a fine pattern on the tread for grip on the cobbles.
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We're not entirely sure what wheels these are on the Cofidis bikes but they're not in the current Vision catalog. Tubular alloy rims with 'Vision' and 'Arenberg' decals, 'Vision'-etched alloy hubs - maybe we'll find out at Sea Otter?

We're not entirely sure what wheels these are on the Cofidis bikes but they're not in the current Vision catalog. Tubular alloy rims with 'Vision' and 'Arenberg' decals, 'Vision'-etched alloy hubs - maybe we'll find out at Sea Otter?
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Acqua & Sapone riders set off aboard these Bottechias.

Acqua & Sapone riders set off aboard these Bottechias.
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Acqua & Sapone appears quite confident in these shallow-section Shimano Dura-Ace tubulars.

Acqua & Sapone appears quite confident in these shallow-section Shimano Dura-Ace tubulars.
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Massive tire clearance on this BBox-Bouygues Telecom Colnago Cross Prestige.

Massive tire clearance on this BBox-Bouygues Telecom Colnago Cross Prestige.
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A common sight at Paris-Roubaix: double-wrapped bar and top-mount brake levers.

A common sight at Paris-Roubaix: double-wrapped bar and top-mount brake levers.
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BBox-Bouygues Telecom riders were about evenly split between Colnago CX-1 and Cross Prestige frames.

BBox-Bouygues Telecom riders were about evenly split between Colnago CX-1 and Cross Prestige frames.
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BMC's rigs lie in wait just prior to the start of Paris-Roubaix.

BMC's rigs lie in wait just prior to the start of Paris-Roubaix.
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Even the cars take a beating on Paris-Roubaix's infamous cobbles. The bottom of this BMC vehicle is armored with a steel plate to shield the oil pan.

Even the cars take a beating on Paris-Roubaix's infamous cobbles. The bottom of this BMC vehicle is armored with a steel plate to shield the oil pan.
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Caisse d'Epargne riders opted for standard Pinarello Dogmas for their attack on Paris-Roubaix.

Caisse d'Epargne riders opted for standard Pinarello Dogmas for their attack on Paris-Roubaix.
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Caisse d'Epargne's 25mm-wide Continental tubulars sport reinforced sidewalls and double breaker belts to prevent flats.

Caisse d'Epargne's 25mm-wide Continental tubulars sport reinforced sidewalls and double breaker belts to prevent flats.
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FSA K-Force brake calipers are fitted to the Look 595s of Cofidis. Interestingly, SwissStop Yellow King pads are installed even though the team is using alloy rims.

FSA K-Force brake calipers are fitted to the Look 595s of Cofidis. Interestingly, SwissStop Yellow King pads are installed even though the team is using alloy rims.
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Carbon cages generally have no place at Paris-Roubaix. These Cofidis bikes use fairly inexpensive Zefal alloy cages.

Carbon cages generally have no place at Paris-Roubaix. These Cofidis bikes use fairly inexpensive Zefal alloy cages.
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Top-mount brake lever setups vary from team to team. Cofidis opts for just one, hooked up to the rear caliper.

Top-mount brake lever setups vary from team to team. Cofidis opts for just one, hooked up to the rear caliper.
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These Cofidis Look 595s look to be fully standard machines with no additional clearance around the tires.

These Cofidis Look 595s look to be fully standard machines with no additional clearance around the tires.
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Francais des Jeux is using 25mm-wide Hutchinson Road Tubeless tires mounted on Dura-Ace carbon-alloy clinchers.

Francais des Jeux is using 25mm-wide Hutchinson Road Tubeless tires mounted on Dura-Ace carbon-alloy clinchers.
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Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) is using double-wrapped bars today.

Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) is using double-wrapped bars today.
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Garmin-Transitions has traded in its usual carbon fiber Arundel bottle cages today for the company's stainless steel ones instead.

Garmin-Transitions has traded in its usual carbon fiber Arundel bottle cages today for the company's stainless steel ones instead.
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Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) is continuing his stylistic tendencies with this blacked-out Ridley Damocles Pi with custom geometry.

Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) is continuing his stylistic tendencies with this blacked-out Ridley Damocles Pi with custom geometry.
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Fresh Look KeO Blade pedals are fitted to Filippo Pozzato's (Katusha) custom Ridley Damocles Pi.

Fresh Look KeO Blade pedals are fitted to Filippo Pozzato's (Katusha) custom Ridley Damocles Pi.
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Selle San Marco provides Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) with a special Zoncolan saddle.

Selle San Marco provides Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) with a special Zoncolan saddle.
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Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) looks to have carried these wheels over from last year's Paris-Roubaix rig.

Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) looks to have carried these wheels over from last year's Paris-Roubaix rig.
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Lampre's Wilier Triestina Cento 1 SL machines had traditional box-section wheels mounted up for Paris-Roubaix.

Lampre's Wilier Triestina Cento 1 SL machines had traditional box-section wheels mounted up for Paris-Roubaix.
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Lampre is using the Wilier Triestina Cento 1 SL for Paris-Roubaix.

Lampre is using the Wilier Triestina Cento 1 SL for Paris-Roubaix.
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Manuel Quinziato (Liquigas) has his single top-mounted brake lever looked up to the front caliper.

Manuel Quinziato (Liquigas) has his single top-mounted brake lever looked up to the front caliper.
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Cannondale provided Liquigas riders with carbon Synapses for Paris-Roubaix.

Cannondale provided Liquigas riders with carbon Synapses for Paris-Roubaix.
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Liquigas mechanics have jammed in a bit of extra material to keep the seatposts from slipping.

Liquigas mechanics have jammed in a bit of extra material to keep the seatposts from slipping.
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New Schwalbe Ultremo HT tubulars are mounted to Mavic Reflex rims on Liquigas's Cannondale Synapses.

New Schwalbe Ultremo HT tubulars are mounted to Mavic Reflex rims on Liquigas's Cannondale Synapses.
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As do most teams, Liquigas has older wheels kept on hand just for the cobbles that come out of storage only for this time of year.

As do most teams, Liquigas has older wheels kept on hand just for the cobbles that come out of storage only for this time of year.
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Omega Pharma-Lotto riders were using a mix of aluminum and carbon fiber frames.

Omega Pharma-Lotto riders were using a mix of aluminum and carbon fiber frames.
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The small aluminum seat stays provide decent tire clearance at the seat stay bridge.

The small aluminum seat stays provide decent tire clearance at the seat stay bridge.
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The Campagnolo Record rear derailleur on Filippo Pozzato's (Katusha) bike is bolted to a replaceable dropout.

The Campagnolo Record rear derailleur on Filippo Pozzato's (Katusha) bike is bolted to a replaceable dropout.
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A simple plastic chain watcher is on hand on Filippo Pozzato's (Katusha) bike.

A simple plastic chain watcher is on hand on Filippo Pozzato's (Katusha) bike.
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Garmin-Transitions mechanics report excellent results from the team's AceCo K-Edge chain watchers.

Garmin-Transitions mechanics report excellent results from the team's AceCo K-Edge chain watchers.
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Tyler Farrar's (Garmin-Transitions) Felt F1 boasts massive clearances front and rear - enough that a long-reach caliper is required.

Tyler Farrar's (Garmin-Transitions) Felt F1 boasts massive clearances front and rear - enough that a long-reach caliper is required.
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Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) is using top-mounted brake levers today.

Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) is using top-mounted brake levers today.
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Garmin-Transitions' Felt F1s use the same formula as last year's bikes, Shimano Dura-Ace 7800 group and all.

Garmin-Transitions' Felt F1s use the same formula as last year's bikes, Shimano Dura-Ace 7800 group and all.
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Unique dropouts provide more tire clearance on Tyler Farrar's (Garmin-Transitions) Felt F1 and lower the bottom bracket for more stability.

Unique dropouts provide more tire clearance on Tyler Farrar's (Garmin-Transitions) Felt F1 and lower the bottom bracket for more stability.
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Slightly longer fork blades and a carved-out crown on Tyler Farrar's (Garmin-Transitions) Felt F1 provide lots of tire clearance.

Slightly longer fork blades and a carved-out crown on Tyler Farrar's (Garmin-Transitions) Felt F1 provide lots of tire clearance.
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Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) is coming off a big win at Scheldeprijs on Wednesday.

Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) is coming off a big win at Scheldeprijs on Wednesday.
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27mm-wide Vittoria Pave Evo-CG tubulars are wrapped around Mavic Reflex rims on Tyler Farrar's (Garmin-Transitions) Felt F1.

27mm-wide Vittoria Pave Evo-CG tubulars are wrapped around Mavic Reflex rims on Tyler Farrar's (Garmin-Transitions) Felt F1.
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Katusha riders set off on a mix of road and road-'cross hybrids for this year's Paris-Roubaix.

Katusha riders set off on a mix of road and road-'cross hybrids for this year's Paris-Roubaix.
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Nicolai Trussov (Katusha) slapped this sticker on his head tube just before heading to the start line.

Nicolai Trussov (Katusha) slapped this sticker on his head tube just before heading to the start line.
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Filippo Pozzato's (Katusha) front brake is fitted with SwissStop Yellow King pads.

Filippo Pozzato's (Katusha) front brake is fitted with SwissStop Yellow King pads.
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Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) isn't using Gore Ride-On's sealed cables but apparently his mechanic went ahead and crafted a set himself.

Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) isn't using Gore Ride-On's sealed cables but apparently his mechanic went ahead and crafted a set himself.
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Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) is using a special blacked-out edition of his Italian national champion Ridley.

Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) is using a special blacked-out edition of his Italian national champion Ridley.
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Tire clearance on the Omega Pharma-Lotto Canyon fork is tight with the big tubulars installed.

Tire clearance on the Omega Pharma-Lotto Canyon fork is tight with the big tubulars installed.
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Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) took his second Paris-Roubaix victory in spectacular fashion, surging away from an elite group with about 50km to go and crossing the line with a two-minute margin over Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam). In terms of equipment, though, Cancellara's win also marked Specialized's third Paris-Roubaix victory in a row, this time with its still-secretive 'Project Black' prototype.

We've already covered the Project Black – otherwise known as the upcoming S-Works Roubaix SL3 – in fair detail so we won't overly rehash here but to summarize, the concept has proven to be a virtually perfect formula to tackle Paris-Roubaix's brutal parcours. Relative to a pure race bike, its slightly longer wheelbase and slacker angles lend more stable and predictable handling, extra clearance leaves room for fat tubulars, the monstrous down tube and chain stays yield efficient pedaling, and Specialized's unique Zertz elastomeric inserts effectively damp vibration for a smoother ride.

Skeptics can scoff as they see fit, but having ridden previous Roubaix iterations we're looking forward to riding this new one as well – and while it's true that Cancellara likely would have won on another machine, he also could have lost on one that didn't work well, either.

Most of the other top-placing machines at this year's Paris-Roubaix also shared the Project Black's basic formula of slightly adjusted geometry and high-volume tubular tires. Hushovd's Cervélo R3 bore the same modifications used on the bikes Stuart O'Grady and Cancellara used to win Paris-Roubaix in 2006 and 2007 when they were on Team CSC and though Juan Antonio Flecha's (Team Sky) stock Pinarello KOBH 60.1 was a new creation debuted just prior to the race, it still adhered to the same general recipe.

Interestingly, Cancellara did buck the trend of traditional alloy box-section tubular wheels and instead relied on Zipp's new 303 carbon aero rims instead. True, he did break one rear rim coming through the Arenberg forest but to be fair, alloy rims have failed there as well. Moreover, Cancellara's wasn't a catastrophic failure and he was able to continue all the way through until a more convenient time for a bike change presented itself – a significant improvement considering how many Zipp carbon rims then-Slipstream-Chipotle rider Magnus Backstedt broke at the 2008 Paris-Roubaix.

Granted, muddy conditions may have altered the equipment selections but even in years of bad weather, bikes that deviate only modestly from the norm have generally fared better than the more 'cross-like creations we've occasionally seen from time to time. Only a few teams (Katusha, BBox-Bouygues Telecom, Skil-Shimano) campaigned 'cross or 'cross-like machines during the race but others (BMC, Milram) were prepared with them just in case.

With another Paris-Roubaix wrapped up we'll have to wait another year to see what sort of (semi) wild creations sponsors will cook up in an effort to defeat the Hell of the North but chances are they still won't be all different from what's been well proven to work.

In the meantime, enjoy this gallery of team bikes and components from the 2010 Paris-Roubaix.