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Gallery: On the start line at Paris-Roubaix

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Taylor Phinney (BMC)

Taylor Phinney (BMC)
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Greg van Avermaet (BMC)

Greg van Avermaet (BMC)
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Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)

Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)
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John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano)

John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano)
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Thor Hushovd (BMC)

Thor Hushovd (BMC)
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Geraint Thomas (Sky) talks to Tour de France organiser Christian Prudhomme and Welcome Yorkshire Chief exec Gary Verity

Geraint Thomas (Sky) talks to Tour de France organiser Christian Prudhomme and Welcome Yorkshire Chief exec Gary Verity
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Peter Sagan (Cannondale)

Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
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Filippo Pozatto (Lampre-Merida)

Filippo Pozatto (Lampre-Merida)
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Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin)

Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin)
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Iljo Keisse gets a bit nervous as he tries to prop his bike against Zdenek Stybar's

Iljo Keisse gets a bit nervous as he tries to prop his bike against Zdenek Stybar's
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Iljo Keisse and Zdenek Stybar's bikes balance precariously against each other

Iljo Keisse and Zdenek Stybar's bikes balance precariously against each other
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Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)

Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)
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Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp)

Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp)
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Luke Rowe (Sky)

Luke Rowe (Sky)
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Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEDGE)

Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEDGE)
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Bernhard Eisel (Sky)

Bernhard Eisel (Sky)
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Luca Paolini (Katusha)

Luca Paolini (Katusha)
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Laurent Jalabert was on hand for French television

Laurent Jalabert was on hand for French television
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Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling)

Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling)
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Johan Vansummeren (Garmin-Sharp)

Johan Vansummeren (Garmin-Sharp)
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Jan Bárta (NetApp-Endura)

Jan Bárta (NetApp-Endura)
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Bradley Wiggins (Sky)

Bradley Wiggins (Sky)
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Nicki Sørensen (Tinkoff-Saxo)

Nicki Sørensen (Tinkoff-Saxo)
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Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)

Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)
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The cobbled classics end today with Paris-Roubaix, the third monument of the season. It was a cloudy start to the day and the riders came to sign-on dressed in their warmer clothing. To the delight of most, however, it was dry and it’s expected to get warmer throughout the day.

There were plenty of fans packed into the small Place du Général de Gaulle, as the riders filed through to the main stage. Fresh from his recent Tour of Flanders victory, Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) is the favourite to do the double this year. However, there are a number of strong riders who are looking to stop him from doing just that.

Omega Pharma-QuickStep has fielded yet another impressive team. They want to put the disappointment of failing to podium at Flanders behind them and get someone onto the top step. Four-time winner of the race Tom Boonen isn’t in top form, but he is flanked by Niki Terpstra and Zdenek Stybar at the head of the team.

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) is only riding his third Paris-Roubaix. He was upset to not feature on the podium last week and is hoping to rectify that, but his inexperience could hamper him. Bradley Wiggins (Sky) is also returning to the race with ambitions for the podium.

The dry weather could make for a very dusty and fast race, and the anticipated slight headwind could also be a factor.

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