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Gallery: Paris-Roubaix reconnaissance

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RadioShack Leopard riders get a thumbs up from a spectator

RadioShack Leopard riders get a thumbs up from a spectator
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard) is overwhelming favourite to win his third Roubaix crown

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard) is overwhelming favourite to win his third Roubaix crown
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard) will be looking for a third Paris-Roubaix title on Sunday

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard) will be looking for a third Paris-Roubaix title on Sunday
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A dusty outing in the Arenberg forest for Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard)

A dusty outing in the Arenberg forest for Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard)
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The Arenberg forest awaits...

The Arenberg forest awaits...
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Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto Belisol) will seek another cobbled Monument podium at Paris-Roubaix following a third place finish at the Tour of Flanders.

Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto Belisol) will seek another cobbled Monument podium at Paris-Roubaix following a third place finish at the Tour of Flanders.
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Stijn Devolder (RadioShack-Leopard) at home on the pavé

Stijn Devolder (RadioShack-Leopard) at home on the pavé
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Bjorn Leukemans (Vacansoleil-DCM) in the Arenberg forest

Bjorn Leukemans (Vacansoleil-DCM) in the Arenberg forest
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Lotto Belisol riders recon pavé sectors of Paris-Roubaix

Lotto Belisol riders recon pavé sectors of Paris-Roubaix
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Stijn Devolder (RadioShack Leopard) on the Arenberg cobbles

Stijn Devolder (RadioShack Leopard) on the Arenberg cobbles
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard) on the Arenberg cobbles

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard) on the Arenberg cobbles
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Astana riders preview the famed Arenberg cobble sector

Astana riders preview the famed Arenberg cobble sector
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Andre Greipel leads his Lotto Belisol teammates on some pavé recon.

Andre Greipel leads his Lotto Belisol teammates on some pavé recon.
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Argos-Shimano riders enter the Arenberg forest sector of cobbles

Argos-Shimano riders enter the Arenberg forest sector of cobbles
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Slovenian road champion Borut Bozic (Astana)

Slovenian road champion Borut Bozic (Astana)
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Juan Antonio Flecha (Vacansoleil-DCM) has plenty of Paris-Roubaix experience

Juan Antonio Flecha (Vacansoleil-DCM) has plenty of Paris-Roubaix experience
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard) is the heavy favourite for Sunday's Paris-Roubaix

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard) is the heavy favourite for Sunday's Paris-Roubaix
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Sep Vanmarcke (Blanco) rides the pavé

Sep Vanmarcke (Blanco) rides the pavé
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Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) makes his way through the Arenberg forest.

Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) makes his way through the Arenberg forest.
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RadioShack Leopard riders preview the Paris-Roubaix route

RadioShack Leopard riders preview the Paris-Roubaix route
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The iconic Arenberg forest sector of cobbles on the Paris-Roubaix parcours

The iconic Arenberg forest sector of cobbles on the Paris-Roubaix parcours
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard) attractes quite a crowd for his pavé recon session.

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard) attractes quite a crowd for his pavé recon session.
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The Astana squad out on the Paris-Roubaix pavé

The Astana squad out on the Paris-Roubaix pavé
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Fabian Cancellera (RadioShack Leopard) rides through Arenberg prior to his crash during Paris-Roubaix reconnaissance

Fabian Cancellera (RadioShack Leopard) rides through Arenberg prior to his crash during Paris-Roubaix reconnaissance
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Stijn Devolder (RadioShack Leopard) is in vintage form this classics season

Stijn Devolder (RadioShack Leopard) is in vintage form this classics season
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Lotto Belisol cut across the fields of Orchies

Lotto Belisol cut across the fields of Orchies
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Jurgen Roelandts leads the Lotto Belisol squad down the Arenberg trench

Jurgen Roelandts leads the Lotto Belisol squad down the Arenberg trench
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Snack time for Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto Belisol)

Snack time for Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto Belisol)
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Borut Bozic has been in good form for Astana over the cobbled classics so far

Borut Bozic has been in good form for Astana over the cobbled classics so far
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Dirk Demol faces the media during RadioShack Leopard's recon session

Dirk Demol faces the media during RadioShack Leopard's recon session
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Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) puts some power down

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) puts some power down
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Bernhard Eisel (Sky) is more than capable of pulling a top-10 result this weekend

Bernhard Eisel (Sky) is more than capable of pulling a top-10 result this weekend
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CJ Sutton failed to make the final cut for Sky's Paris-Roubaix line up but still did reconnaissance

CJ Sutton failed to make the final cut for Sky's Paris-Roubaix line up but still did reconnaissance
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Sky's Ian Stannard

Sky's Ian Stannard
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Lotto Belisol hope Jurgen Roelandts. The team will be hoping he can back up his podium performance from the Tour of Flanders

Lotto Belisol hope Jurgen Roelandts. The team will be hoping he can back up his podium performance from the Tour of Flanders
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Rick Flens (Blanco) during Paris-Roubaix reconnaissance

Rick Flens (Blanco) during Paris-Roubaix reconnaissance
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Lars Boom (Blanco) during Paris-Roubaix reconnaissance

Lars Boom (Blanco) during Paris-Roubaix reconnaissance
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Sky's Mathew Hayman leads Luke Rowe along the cobbles

Sky's Mathew Hayman leads Luke Rowe along the cobbles
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Federico Borselli (Astana) grits his teeth during Paris-Roubaix reconnaissance

Federico Borselli (Astana) grits his teeth during Paris-Roubaix reconnaissance
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Young Dane Chris Juul Jensen leads the Saxo - Tinkoff line up into Arenberg

Young Dane Chris Juul Jensen leads the Saxo - Tinkoff line up into Arenberg
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Saxo - Tinkoff head onto the Trouée d'Arenberg

Saxo - Tinkoff head onto the Trouée d'Arenberg
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Vacansoleil-DCM during Paris-Roubaix reconnaissance on Thursday

Vacansoleil-DCM during Paris-Roubaix reconnaissance on Thursday
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Lotto Belisol work over the Orchies sector

Lotto Belisol work over the Orchies sector
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A small contingent from Lotto Belisol undertake reconnaissance

A small contingent from Lotto Belisol undertake reconnaissance
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Blanco will be riding for Lars Boom on Sunday

Blanco will be riding for Lars Boom on Sunday
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A Vacansoleil-DCM rider gets on the end of the Blanco train

A Vacansoleil-DCM rider gets on the end of the Blanco train
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Without Fabian Cancellara, RadioShack Leopard push through

Without Fabian Cancellara, RadioShack Leopard push through
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Vacansoleil-DCM keep it tight along the Trouée d'Arenberg

Vacansoleil-DCM keep it tight along the Trouée d'Arenberg
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard) before the crash that brought an early end to his Roubaix reconnaissance session

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard) before the crash that brought an early end to his Roubaix reconnaissance session
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Yaroslav Popovych (RadioShack Leopard) will be hoping to be just as strong for Fabian Cancellara this Sunday as he was at Flanders

Yaroslav Popovych (RadioShack Leopard) will be hoping to be just as strong for Fabian Cancellara this Sunday as he was at Flanders
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard) will need to overcome any residual effects from two crashes in two days if he's to win his third Paris-Roubaix title

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard) will need to overcome any residual effects from two crashes in two days if he's to win his third Paris-Roubaix title
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Grit your teeth and go for it: Vacansoleil in Arenberg

Grit your teeth and go for it: Vacansoleil in Arenberg
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A training session, with the odd photographer for company...

A training session, with the odd photographer for company...
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Marcel Sieberg during Lotto Belisol's reconnaissance session

Marcel Sieberg during Lotto Belisol's reconnaissance session
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Andre Greipel during Lotto Belisol's reconnaissance session

Andre Greipel during Lotto Belisol's reconnaissance session
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A Blanco rider on the Trouée d'Arenberg, which once again has been given a five-star rating by the ASO

A Blanco rider on the Trouée d'Arenberg, which once again has been given a five-star rating by the ASO
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Blanco head over the feared Arenberg sector

Blanco head over the feared Arenberg sector
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Astana head down the Arenberg trench

Astana head down the Arenberg trench
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YaroslavPopovych leads the way for RadioShack Leopard

YaroslavPopovych leads the way for RadioShack Leopard
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Sep Vanmarcke (Garmin Sharp) tests out his troublesme knee during Paris-Roubaix reconnaissance on Thursday

Sep Vanmarcke (Garmin Sharp) tests out his troublesme knee during Paris-Roubaix reconnaissance on Thursday
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A number of teams headed out for a reconnaissance mission over parts of the 2013 Paris-Roubaix parcours, with two-time winner Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard) crashing for the second time in two days.

The overwhelming favourite for Sunday's race was on the Hornaing sector of cobbles near Wandignies-Hamage with teammates on Thursday morning when he crashed. He sat in the RadioShack team car alongside directeur sportif Dirk Demol for the next part of the reconnaissance, but was back on his bike again by the sector at Orchies.

Meantime, Lotto Belisol, Sky, Vacansoleil-DCM, Blanco, Argos-Shimano and Astana were also out in force, with this gallery capturing the action.