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Paris-Roubaix reconnaissance - Gallery

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Mitchelton-Scott pre-ride the Paris-Roubaix route

Mitchelton-Scott pre-ride the Paris-Roubaix route
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Mitchelton-Scott recon Paris-Roubaix

Mitchelton-Scott recon Paris-Roubaix
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Mitchelton-Scott recon Paris-Roubaix

Mitchelton-Scott recon Paris-Roubaix
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AG2R La Mondiale's Nico Denz

AG2R La Mondiale's Nico Denz
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AG2R La Mondiale's Nico Denz

AG2R La Mondiale's Nico Denz
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Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) on the recon

Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) on the recon
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Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)
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AG2R La Mondiale and Mitchelton-Scott

AG2R La Mondiale and Mitchelton-Scott
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Stijn Vandenbergh on the pave

Stijn Vandenbergh on the pave
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Alex Edmondson leads his Mitchelton-Scott team around the Paris-Roubaix route

Alex Edmondson leads his Mitchelton-Scott team around the Paris-Roubaix route
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Paris-Roubaix reconnaissance

Paris-Roubaix reconnaissance
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Peter Sagan tests the muddy pavé of Paris-Roubaix

Peter Sagan tests the muddy pavé of Paris-Roubaix
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Mitchelton-Scott pre-ride the Paris-Roubaix route

Mitchelton-Scott pre-ride the Paris-Roubaix route
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Mitchelton-Scott pre-ride the Paris-Roubaix route

Mitchelton-Scott pre-ride the Paris-Roubaix route
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Mitchelton-Scott pre-ride the Paris-Roubaix route

Mitchelton-Scott pre-ride the Paris-Roubaix route
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Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) skipped the Arenberg Forest sector, taking the bike path instead

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) skipped the Arenberg Forest sector, taking the bike path instead
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Mitchelton-Scott pre-ride the Paris-Roubaix route

Mitchelton-Scott pre-ride the Paris-Roubaix route
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Team Sky recon Paris-Roubaix

Team Sky recon Paris-Roubaix
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Peter Sagan and Daniel Oss

Peter Sagan and Daniel Oss
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Matteo Trentin

Matteo Trentin
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Marcus Burghardt leads Bora-Hansgrohe on the cobbles

Marcus Burghardt leads Bora-Hansgrohe on the cobbles
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Mitchelton-Scott pre-ride the Paris-Roubaix route

Mitchelton-Scott pre-ride the Paris-Roubaix route
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Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)
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EF Education First Drapac in their orange training kit

EF Education First Drapac in their orange training kit
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Bora-Hansgrohe

Bora-Hansgrohe
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Mitchelton-Scott pre-ride the Paris-Roubaix route

Mitchelton-Scott pre-ride the Paris-Roubaix route
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Mitchelton-Scott recon Paris-Roubaix

Mitchelton-Scott recon Paris-Roubaix
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Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)
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Edward Theuns (Sunweb)

Edward Theuns (Sunweb)
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Unlike in the Scheldeprijs, the riders waited patiently for the train to pass

Unlike in the Scheldeprijs, the riders waited patiently for the train to pass
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Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First-Drapac)

Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First-Drapac)
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Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)
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Muddy cobbles under Jasper Stuyven

Muddy cobbles under Jasper Stuyven
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Expect the mud to be piled up on the sides on Sunday

Expect the mud to be piled up on the sides on Sunday
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Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo) on the mucky Paris-Roubaix section

Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo) on the mucky Paris-Roubaix section
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LottoNl-Jumbo found the muddiest part of the Paris-Roubaix course

LottoNl-Jumbo found the muddiest part of the Paris-Roubaix course
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Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) in the Arenberg Forest

Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) in the Arenberg Forest
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Peter Sagan and his Bora-Hansgrohe teammates

Peter Sagan and his Bora-Hansgrohe teammates
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John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) tackles some muddy cobbles

John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) tackles some muddy cobbles
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Peter Sagan leads his teammates

Peter Sagan leads his teammates
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The Arenberg Forest awaits

The Arenberg Forest awaits
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Julien Vermote (Dimension Data) tests the muddy pavé of Paris-Roubaix

Julien Vermote (Dimension Data) tests the muddy pavé of Paris-Roubaix
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Edward Theuns (Sunweb)

Edward Theuns (Sunweb)
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Trek Segafredo on the mud roads of Paris-Roubaix

Trek Segafredo on the mud roads of Paris-Roubaix
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Mud on the pavé of Paris-Roubaix

Mud on the pavé of Paris-Roubaix
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Mud on the pavé of Paris-Roubaix

Mud on the pavé of Paris-Roubaix
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Wout Van Aert in the Arenberg Forest

Wout Van Aert in the Arenberg Forest
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Jelle Wallays (Lotto Soudal) seems to enjoy the mud

Jelle Wallays (Lotto Soudal) seems to enjoy the mud
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LottoNl-Jumbo tests the muddy pavé of Paris-Roubaix

LottoNl-Jumbo tests the muddy pavé of Paris-Roubaix
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Wout Van Aert (Verandas Willems Crelan) tests the muddy pavé of Paris-Roubaix

Wout Van Aert (Verandas Willems Crelan) tests the muddy pavé of Paris-Roubaix
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Dimension Data tests the muddy pavé of Paris-Roubaix

Dimension Data tests the muddy pavé of Paris-Roubaix
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Peter Sagan and Bora-Hansgrohe teammates tests the muddy pavé of Paris-Roubaix

Peter Sagan and Bora-Hansgrohe teammates tests the muddy pavé of Paris-Roubaix
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Peter Sagan and Daniel Oss in the Arenberg Forest

Peter Sagan and Daniel Oss in the Arenberg Forest
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Three days before the start of Paris-Roubaix, many of the riders took to the route to test their equipment, their legs and their skills on the cobblestone sections of the course.

World Champion Peter Sagan was among those who went out with his Bora-Hansgrohe teammates to find several of the sectors covered in thick mud.

"It's okay, it's once a year," Sagan told Wielerkrant. "A dry or wet edition makes a world of difference, it changes the style of the course."

Sagan finished a disappointed sixth in the Tour of Flanders after taking a stellar victory in Gent-Wevelgem. He described his form as "good enough".

"I'm not bad, but also not super. Good enough, I'd say."

The prospect of a muddy Paris-Roubaix will thrill many fans, but with sun and warm temperatures forecast for the coming days, much of the mud will turn to dust.

#ParisRoubaix #recon @petosagan #BORAhansgrohe @Paris_Roubaix pic.twitter.com/gz6ooFhhos

Verkenninig Roubaix. pic.twitter.com/8xyrKs50WF

Carrefour de l’Arbre. We’ll be 240km deep here on Sunday #ParisRoubaix pic.twitter.com/vUSRourCtC

 @BORAhansgrohe !
 Camphin-en-Pévèle#ParisRoubaix pic.twitter.com/8oNO6qDZGL

Way to go @Lotto_Soudal! ??
Allez, encore un petit bout de chemin ! #ParisRoubaix pic.twitter.com/0nAMRDT3QP

Passage au magnifique moulin de Vertain, un autre haut lieu de @Paris_Roubaix . Quelle course, quel parcours!  #ParisRoubaix #cofidismyteam pic.twitter.com/umLPycYizU

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