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The post-Roubaix wash and brush-up

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George Hincapie's steerer

George Hincapie's steerer (Image credit: Mike Carrucan)
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Leif Hoste's Discovery Channel Trek

Leif Hoste's Discovery Channel Trek
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Leif Hoste's Discovery Channel Trek

Leif Hoste's Discovery Channel Trek
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'The active suspension is very good,'

'The active suspension is very good,'
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44/53 front chainrings.

44/53 front chainrings.
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Tom Boonen's

Tom Boonen's
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Boonen spends plenty of time

Boonen spends plenty of time
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Unibet.com's mechanics

Unibet.com's mechanics
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A stable of cleaned

A stable of cleaned
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There's that seat cluster again;

There's that seat cluster again;
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Now that's what

Now that's what
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This Roubaix

This Roubaix
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Mavic's neutral spare bikes

Mavic's neutral spare bikes
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The Saunier Duval-Prodir mechanics

The Saunier Duval-Prodir mechanics
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Blasting the chainrings.

Blasting the chainrings.
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Blow-drying places

Blow-drying places
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George Hincapie's steerer suffered a disastrous failure that ended Hincapies hopes of a Roubaix victory.

George Hincapie's steerer suffered a disastrous failure that ended Hincapies hopes of a Roubaix victory. (Image credit: Mike Carrucan)
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Leif Hoste's Discovery Channel Trek for Roubaix.

Leif Hoste's Discovery Channel Trek for Roubaix. (Image credit: Anthony Tan/Cyclingnews.com)
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Again, it wasn't the grimiest Roubaix we've seen in years.

Again, it wasn't the grimiest Roubaix we've seen in years. (Image credit: Anthony Tan/Cyclingnews.com)
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'The active suspension is very good,' Hoste told us. "You don’t feel it, but can see that it works while you ride behind someone. The team and the manufacturer do everything to give us the best material available. This is not only for Paris-Roubaix; in time trials, we also have the best bikes possible.'

'The active suspension is very good,' Hoste told us. "You don’t feel it, but can see that it works while you ride behind someone. The team and the manufacturer do everything to give us the best material available. This is not only for Paris-Roubaix; in time trials, we also have the best bikes possible.' (Image credit: Anthony Tan/Cyclingnews.com)
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The top tube profile of what is obstensibly a modified Trek 5200.

The top tube profile of what is obstensibly a modified Trek 5200. (Image credit: Anthony Tan/Cyclingnews.com)
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A name worth remembering.

A name worth remembering. (Image credit: Anthony Tan/Cyclingnews.com)
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44/53 front chainrings.

44/53 front chainrings. (Image credit: Anthony Tan/Cyclingnews.com)
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Hutchinson tubulars.

Hutchinson tubulars. (Image credit: Anthony Tan/Cyclingnews.com)
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A Bontrager-branded Selle San Marco saddle.

A Bontrager-branded Selle San Marco saddle. (Image credit: Anthony Tan/Cyclingnews.com)
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Inside the bike bus.

Inside the bike bus. (Image credit: Anthony Tan/Cyclingnews.com)
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Getting down and dirty. Going ape with the hose may get the grime off, but there's no substitute for careful hand-washing if you want to get a bike clean without risking washing out all the lubricants.

Getting down and dirty. Going ape with the hose may get the grime off, but there's no substitute for careful hand-washing if you want to get a bike clean without risking washing out all the lubricants. (Image credit: Anthony Tan/Cyclingnews.com)
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Tom Boonen's Time Roubaix Special.

Tom Boonen's Time Roubaix Special. (Image credit: Anthony Tan/Cyclingnews.com)
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Good clearance as a result of a longer wheelbase.

Good clearance as a result of a longer wheelbase. (Image credit: Anthony Tan/Cyclingnews.com)
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Boonen spends plenty of time on the hoods, hence the very flat profile from bar to brake hood.

Boonen spends plenty of time on the hoods, hence the very flat profile from bar to brake hood. (Image credit: Anthony Tan/Cyclingnews.com)
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Unibet.com's mechanics were cleaning their Ridley bikes the old fashioned way.

Unibet.com's mechanics were cleaning their Ridley bikes the old fashioned way. (Image credit: Anthony Tan/Cyclingnews.com)
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Inside Unibet.com's bike bus.

Inside Unibet.com's bike bus. (Image credit: Anthony Tan/Cyclingnews.com)
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A stable of cleaned Rabobank C-50s, out to dry.

A stable of cleaned Rabobank C-50s, out to dry. (Image credit: Anthony Tan/Cyclingnews.com)
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Aurelien Clerc's BMC Phonak about to undergo the wash treatment.

Aurelien Clerc's BMC Phonak about to undergo the wash treatment. (Image credit: Anthony Tan/Cyclingnews.com)
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An unusually shaped top tube profile.

An unusually shaped top tube profile. (Image credit: Anthony Tan/Cyclingnews.com)
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There's that seat cluster again; its looks divide people, but you can't fault it as a way of grabbing your attention. You can't miss a BMC!

There's that seat cluster again; its looks divide people, but you can't fault it as a way of grabbing your attention. You can't miss a BMC! (Image credit: Anthony Tan/Cyclingnews.com)
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This Roubaix was nothing normal brake calipers couldn't handle.

This Roubaix was nothing normal brake calipers couldn't handle. (Image credit: Anthony Tan/Cyclingnews.com)
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The frontal profile of the BMC Streetfire SSX.

The frontal profile of the BMC Streetfire SSX. (Image credit: Anthony Tan/Cyclingnews.com)
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Now that's what we wanted to see more of!

Now that's what we wanted to see more of! (Image credit: Anthony Tan/Cyclingnews.com)
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Mavic's neutral spare bikes were supplied by Cannondale.

Mavic's neutral spare bikes were supplied by Cannondale. (Image credit: Anthony Tan/Cyclingnews.com)
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The Saunier Duval-Prodir mechanics had some very fancy cleaning equipment on hand.

The Saunier Duval-Prodir mechanics had some very fancy cleaning equipment on hand. (Image credit: Anthony Tan/Cyclingnews.com)
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Blasting the chainrings.

Blasting the chainrings. (Image credit: Anthony Tan/Cyclingnews.com)
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Now underneath the seat.

Now underneath the seat. (Image credit: Anthony Tan/Cyclingnews.com)
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And then between the gaps.

And then between the gaps. (Image credit: Anthony Tan/Cyclingnews.com)
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Inside the Saunier Duval bus.

Inside the Saunier Duval bus. (Image credit: Anthony Tan/Cyclingnews.com)
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Blow-drying places after nailing bikes with a high-pressure hose is very important.

Blow-drying places after nailing bikes with a high-pressure hose is very important. (Image credit: Anthony Tan/Cyclingnews.com)

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