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Gallery: On the start line at Paris-Roubaix

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Paris-Roubaix will be Bradley Wiggins' last race

Paris-Roubaix will be Bradley Wiggins' last race
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Greg Van Avermaet's bike for Paris-Roubaix

Greg Van Avermaet's bike for Paris-Roubaix
(Image credit: Sadhbh O'Shea)
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A final wave off for Wiggo

A final wave off for Wiggo
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Belgian cycling fans invade France for Paris-Roubaix

The Belgian cycling fans invade France for Paris-Roubaix
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The Wiggo fans were at the start

The Wiggo fans were at the start
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Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) seemed relaxed before the start

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) seemed relaxed before the start
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They're off!

They're off!
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Bradley Wiggins ends his professional career with Team Sky at Paris-Roubaix

Bradley Wiggins ends his professional career with Team Sky at Paris-Roubaix
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The cobbles begin at the start in the square in Compiegne

The cobbles begin at the start in the square in Compiegne
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An early attack goes up the road

An early attack goes up the road
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The riders await the start under the arch in Compiegne

The riders await the start under the arch in Compiegne
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Alexander Kristoff is the big favourite and had plenty of support

Alexander Kristoff is the big favourite and had plenty of support
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Andre Grepiel is in strong form at the moment and could be a surprise contender

Andre Grepiel is in strong form at the moment and could be a surprise contender
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Lars Boom ready and waiting for the start

Lars Boom ready and waiting for the start
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The crowd cheers on the riders as they line up

The crowd cheers on the riders as they line up
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The riders roll out of Compiegne

The riders roll out of Compiegne
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Sebastiwen Minard jokes with the IAM Cycling crew

Sebastiwen Minard jokes with the IAM Cycling crew
(Image credit: Sadhbh O'Shea)
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Jelle Wallays has had a good classics campaign

Jelle Wallays has had a good classics campaign
(Image credit: Sadhbh O'Shea)
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Davide Cimolai (Lampre-Merida)

Davide Cimolai (Lampre-Merida)
(Image credit: Sadhbh O'Shea)
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Former Paris-Roubaix winner Johan Vansummeren

Former Paris-Roubaix winner Johan Vansummeren
(Image credit: Sadhbh O'Shea)
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Filippo Pozatto

Filippo Pozatto
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Nicolo Bonifazio opts for the tricky task of walking to sign on in cleats

Nicolo Bonifazio opts for the tricky task of walking to sign on in cleats
(Image credit: Sadhbh O'Shea)
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Francisco Ventso makes his way to the sign on podium

Francisco Ventso makes his way to the sign on podium
(Image credit: Sadhbh O'Shea)
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Adriano Malori

Adriano Malori
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Team Sky were handing out signs to fans for Bradley Wiggins' last race with the team

Team Sky were handing out signs to fans for Bradley Wiggins' last race with the team
(Image credit: Sadhbh O'Shea)
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Paris-Roubaix is Mat Hayman's favourite race

Paris-Roubaix is Mat Hayman's favourite race
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Jens Keukeleire was a fan favourite at the start

Jens Keukeleire was a fan favourite at the start
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Greg Van Avermaet talks to the press

Greg Van Avermaet talks to the press
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Michael Schar walks through the crowds

Michael Schar walks through the crowds
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Jurgen Roelandts is hoping for some good luck and a strong finish today

Jurgen Roelandts is hoping for some good luck and a strong finish today
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Jens Debusschere and all the other riders have the cobbled sector taped to their top tube

Jens Debusschere and all the other riders have the cobbled sector taped to their top tube
(Image credit: Sadhbh O'Shea)
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Some extra tape to secure the SRM over the cobbles

Some extra tape to secure the SRM over the cobbles
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A mechanic makes some last minute adjeustments to Albert Timmer's bike

A mechanic makes some last minute adjeustments to Albert Timmer's bike
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Orica-GreenEdge park their bikes for sign on

Orica-GreenEdge park their bikes for sign on
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Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar)

Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar)
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Koen de Kort will be hoping to deliver his teammate John Degenkolb to victory

Koen de Kort will be hoping to deliver his teammate John Degenkolb to victory
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It was a fine day in Compiègne as the riders lined up for the start of Paris-Roubaix. Some rain had fallen overnight, which should help to reduce the dust in the pavé sectors, and the conditions looked good for a day on the cobbles.

Plenty of Belgians had hopped over the border to see their heroes tackle the Hell of the North and they have plenty of contenders this Sunday with Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Jürgen Roelandts (Lotto-Soudal) and Sep Vanmarcke (LottoNL-Jumbo) all in with a shot at victory. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) is the big favourite, after a stunning run on the cobbles, along with defending champion Niki Terpstra (Etixx-QuickStep).

Terpstra is one of only two former champions riding Roubaix, along with 2011 winner Johan Vansummeren (AG2R-La Mondiale). Other contenders for the title are Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-QuickStep), Lars Boom (Astana) and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo). Bradley Wiggins will be hoping that he can end his tenure at Team Sky with a victory.

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