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Gallery: Best of the cobbled classics

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Peter Sagan (Cannondale) with one of his trademark finishes at Gent-Wevelgem

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) with one of his trademark finishes at Gent-Wevelgem
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Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma QuickStep) on the podium at De Panne

Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma QuickStep) on the podium at De Panne
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Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - QuickStep) wins a stage at De Panne

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - QuickStep) wins a stage at De Panne
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Tom Boonen leads his Omega Pharma QuickStep

Tom Boonen leads his Omega Pharma QuickStep
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Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma QuickStep) time trials to the win

Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma QuickStep) time trials to the win
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Fabian Cancellara solos in on another win at Flanders

Fabian Cancellara solos in on another win at Flanders
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Peter Sagan (Cannondale) slips back on the Paterberg

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) slips back on the Paterberg
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The start of the Tour of Flanders

The start of the Tour of Flanders
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Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) at the Tour of Flanders

Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) at the Tour of Flanders
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Marcel Kittel (Argos Shimano)

Marcel Kittel (Argos Shimano)
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Marcel Kittel (Argos Shimano)

Marcel Kittel (Argos Shimano)
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Mark Cavendish was too far back for the sprint

Mark Cavendish was too far back for the sprint
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Bjorn Thurau (Team Europcar)

Bjorn Thurau (Team Europcar)
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Jack Bauer is forced to walk on the bergs of Flanders

Jack Bauer is forced to walk on the bergs of Flanders
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Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) gets the win on Stage 2 of the Three Days of De Panne

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) gets the win on Stage 2 of the Three Days of De Panne
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The peloton gathers in Oudenaarde for the start of Stage 2 of the Three Days of De Panne

The peloton gathers in Oudenaarde for the start of Stage 2 of the Three Days of De Panne
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Mark Cavendish celebrates with an Omega Pharma - Quick-Step teammate following his victory

Mark Cavendish celebrates with an Omega Pharma - Quick-Step teammate following his victory
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Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) showed ominous form during the Three Days of De Panne

Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) showed ominous form during the Three Days of De Panne
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Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma QuickStep) crashes out of the Tour of Flanders

Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma QuickStep) crashes out of the Tour of Flanders
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Juan Antonio Felcha (Vacansoleil-DCM) goes deep at Dwars Door Vlaanderen

Juan Antonio Felcha (Vacansoleil-DCM) goes deep at Dwars Door Vlaanderen
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The riders switch to the bike path

The riders switch to the bike path
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Ian Stannard (Team Sky) had a good spring but failed to secure the results he deserved

Ian Stannard (Team Sky) had a good spring but failed to secure the results he deserved
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Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar) makes his late move at Dwars Doors Vlaanderen

Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar) makes his late move at Dwars Doors Vlaanderen
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Oscar Gatt (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) got the winner's kisses at Dwars Door Vlaanderen

Oscar Gatt (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) got the winner's kisses at Dwars Door Vlaanderen
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Oscar Gatto passed Thomas Voeckler near the line to win Dwars Door Vlaanderen

Oscar Gatto passed Thomas Voeckler near the line to win Dwars Door Vlaanderen
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Oscar Gatto (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) celebrates winning the sprint

Oscar Gatto (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) celebrates winning the sprint
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Stijn Devolder played a key roll in RadioShack-Leopard's successful Classics campaign

Stijn Devolder played a key roll in RadioShack-Leopard's successful Classics campaign
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Taylor Phinney (left) does his best to stay warm as BMC is presented to the crowd

Taylor Phinney (left) does his best to stay warm as BMC is presented to the crowd
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The peloton passes a snow-covered field at Gent-Wevelgem

The peloton passes a snow-covered field at Gent-Wevelgem
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The peloton passes through the Menin Gate in Ypres

The peloton passes through the Menin Gate in Ypres
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Andrei Amador (Movistar) ahead of Sky's Bernhard Eisel

Andrei Amador (Movistar) ahead of Sky's Bernhard Eisel
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Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) charges ahead during Gent-Wevelgem

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) charges ahead during Gent-Wevelgem
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Peter Sagan and daylight as the Cannondale rider heads for the finish line

Peter Sagan and daylight as the Cannondale rider heads for the finish line
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Daniel Oss (BMC) grits his teeth

Daniel Oss (BMC) grits his teeth
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BMC's World Champion Philippe Gilbert out of the saddle at Gent-Wevelgem

BMC's World Champion Philippe Gilbert out of the saddle at Gent-Wevelgem
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Winning... Peter Sagan (Cannondale) celebrates as he crosses the finish line in Wevelgem

Winning... Peter Sagan (Cannondale) celebrates as he crosses the finish line in Wevelgem
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack - Leopard) collapses on the grass

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack - Leopard) collapses on the grass
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Bernhard Eisel (Sky) couldn't match the power and speed of the other favourites

Bernhard Eisel (Sky) couldn't match the power and speed of the other favourites
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Filippo Pozzato (Lampre-Merida) at the finish of Roubaix

Filippo Pozzato (Lampre-Merida) at the finish of Roubaix
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A cut Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) takes on the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix

A cut Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) takes on the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix
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The peloton speed past in the 2013 Paris-Roubaix

The peloton speed past in the 2013 Paris-Roubaix
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An exhausted Fabian Cancellara on the ground in the Roubaix velodrome

An exhausted Fabian Cancellara on the ground in the Roubaix velodrome
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John Degenkolb (Team Argos-Shimano) shows the strain

John Degenkolb (Team Argos-Shimano) shows the strain
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Taylor Phinney (Team BMC) leads the race through the Arenberg forest

Taylor Phinney (Team BMC) leads the race through the Arenberg forest
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Juan Antonio Flecha dug deep to finish in the top ten

Juan Antonio Flecha dug deep to finish in the top ten
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Fabian Cancellara bursts through the crowd to win his third Paris-Roubaix

Fabian Cancellara bursts through the crowd to win his third Paris-Roubaix
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Pozzato (Lampre) was off the pace this spring

Pozzato (Lampre) was off the pace this spring
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The cobbles of Paris-Roubaix provide an epic backdrop

The cobbles of Paris-Roubaix provide an epic backdrop
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Berhanrd Eisel (Sky) and Fabian Cancellara at Auchy lez Orchies a Bersee

Berhanrd Eisel (Sky) and Fabian Cancellara at Auchy lez Orchies a Bersee
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Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) negotiates a bend at Troisvilles a Inchy

Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) negotiates a bend at Troisvilles a Inchy
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BMC's Greg Van Avermaet through the Quievy a Saint - Python

BMC's Greg Van Avermaet through the Quievy a Saint - Python
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Stijn Vandenbergh (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) and Sep Vanmarcke (Blanco) attack on the Cysoing a Bourghelles

Stijn Vandenbergh (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) and Sep Vanmarcke (Blanco) attack on the Cysoing a Bourghelles
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack - Leopard) pushes Sep Vanmarcke (Blanco) to the limit

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack - Leopard) pushes Sep Vanmarcke (Blanco) to the limit
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Marked man: Cancellara is followed by the rest of the favourites at Paris-Roubaix

Marked man: Cancellara is followed by the rest of the favourites at Paris-Roubaix
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Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma QuickStep) crashes out of the Tour of Flanders

Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma QuickStep) crashes out of the Tour of Flanders
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Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma QuickStep) on the Koppenberg

Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma QuickStep) on the Koppenberg
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Fabian Cancellara (makes his move at Flanders

Fabian Cancellara (makes his move at Flanders
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Peter Sagan can only watch as Fabian Cancellara goes clear

Peter Sagan can only watch as Fabian Cancellara goes clear
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Peter Sagan (Cannondale) on the limit in the Tour of Flanders

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) on the limit in the Tour of Flanders
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Fabian Cancellara shares a moment with his wife after his Tour of Flanders win

Fabian Cancellara shares a moment with his wife after his Tour of Flanders win
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Johan Vansummeren digs deep at the Tour of Flanders

Johan Vansummeren digs deep at the Tour of Flanders
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Lars Boom leads former teammate Juan Antonio Flecha in Flanders

Lars Boom leads former teammate Juan Antonio Flecha in Flanders
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Sylvain Chavanel couldn't match Cancellara and Sagan at the Tour of Flanders

Sylvain Chavanel couldn't match Cancellara and Sagan at the Tour of Flanders
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Jurgen Roelandts and Peter Sagan fight it out for second place in Flanders

Jurgen Roelandts and Peter Sagan fight it out for second place in Flanders
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Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) had a day to forget at the Tour of Flanders

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) had a day to forget at the Tour of Flanders
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At the start of the 2013 Tour of Flanders

At the start of the 2013 Tour of Flanders
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Luca Paolini (Katusha) was Italy's top finisher in 21st place in Roubaix

Luca Paolini (Katusha) was Italy's top finisher in 21st place in Roubaix
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Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Procycling) after Paris-Roubaix

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Procycling) after Paris-Roubaix
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard) wins the 2013 Paris-Roubaix

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard) wins the 2013 Paris-Roubaix
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Done and dusted: a tired Fabian Cancellara after his Paris-Roubaix win

Done and dusted: a tired Fabian Cancellara after his Paris-Roubaix win
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Sep Vanmarcke (Blanco) reflects on his second place finish

Sep Vanmarcke (Blanco) reflects on his second place finish
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This year’s spring classics had it all: Fabian Cancellara’s classics comeback, Peter Sagan’s ability to shock, both on the bike and on the podium, a fallen favourite in Tom Boonen, and enough thrills and spills that will relive in the memory for many years to come.

Cyclingnews looks back at the Spring cobbles, starting at Dwars Door Vlaanderen and Oscar Gatto reeling in a desperate Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) before the line.

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack) announced he was ready for Belgium with a sumptuous performance in E3 Harelebeke, giving his rivals a taste of things to come.

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) rallied at Gent-Wevelgem a few days later, as Omega Pharma QuickStep saw Tom Boonen crash out and Mark Cavendish miss out on a sprint finish.

At the Tour of Flanders Cancellara took over where he’d left off at E3 and after Boonen crashed out and headed to hospital, his RadioShack rival turned the screw to devastating effect on the Kwaremont and the Paterberg.