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Peloton prepares for dry and dusty Paris-Roubaix - Gallery

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Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) gives a bottle hand-up to a young fan

Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) gives a bottle hand-up to a young fan
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Bora-Hansgrohe's Peter Sagan takes the smoother path

Bora-Hansgrohe's Peter Sagan takes the smoother path
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Rwandan cyclist Joseph Areruya of Delko-Marseille Provence-KTM

Rwandan cyclist Joseph Areruya of Delko-Marseille Provence-KTM
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Peter Sagan and Daniel Oss preview the newly mortared Arenberg cobbles

Peter Sagan and Daniel Oss preview the newly mortared Arenberg cobbles
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Ian Stannard (Team Sky)

Ian Stannard (Team Sky)
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Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First)

Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First)
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Luke Rowe (team Sky)

Luke Rowe (team Sky)
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Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Dimension Data)

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Dimension Data)
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A close look at the mortar between the cobbles of the Arenberg Forest

A close look at the mortar between the cobbles of the Arenberg Forest
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Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Dimension Data) and Rolf Aldag

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Dimension Data) and Rolf Aldag
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Dylan van Baarle (Team Sky)

Dylan van Baarle (Team Sky)
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Fans wait for riders to preview the Arenberg sector

Fans wait for riders to preview the Arenberg sector
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Jens Keukeleire (Lotto Soudal)

Jens Keukeleire (Lotto Soudal)
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Lotto Soudal on the Paris-Roubaix recon

Lotto Soudal on the Paris-Roubaix recon
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Katusha-Alpecin had some escorts in the Roubaix velodrome

Katusha-Alpecin had some escorts in the Roubaix velodrome
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Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma)

Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma)
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Katusha-Alpecin on the Paris-Roubaix recon

Katusha-Alpecin on the Paris-Roubaix recon
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Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale)

Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale)
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Joseph Areruya poses for a photo

Joseph Areruya poses for a photo
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The Vital Concept-B&B Hotels riders preview Paris-Roubaix

The Vital Concept-B&B Hotels riders preview Paris-Roubaix
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Sunweb on the Paris-Roubaix recon

Sunweb on the Paris-Roubaix recon
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Wanty-Gobert on the Paris-Roubaix recon

Wanty-Gobert on the Paris-Roubaix recon
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Arkea-Samsic on the Paris-Roubaix recon

Arkea-Samsic on the Paris-Roubaix recon
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Riders get a glimpse of a dry and dusty Paris-Roubaix route

Riders get a glimpse of a dry and dusty Paris-Roubaix route
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Peter Sagan shows off his new nameplate

Peter Sagan shows off his new nameplate
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Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) on the Paris-Roubaix recon

Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) on the Paris-Roubaix recon
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Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma)

Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma)
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Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) on the Paris-Roubaix recon

Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) on the Paris-Roubaix recon
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Sep Vanmarcke leads his EF teammates on the Paris-Roubaix recon

Sep Vanmarcke leads his EF teammates on the Paris-Roubaix recon
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Mat Hayman (Mitchelton-Scott) takes a trip down memory lane

Mat Hayman (Mitchelton-Scott) takes a trip down memory lane
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EF Education First on the Moulin-de-Vertain sector

EF Education First on the Moulin-de-Vertain sector
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AG2R La Mondiale on the Paris-Roubaix preview

AG2R La Mondiale on the Paris-Roubaix preview
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Michael Hepburn (Mitchelton-Scott) takes the easy way in the Arenberg Forest

Michael Hepburn (Mitchelton-Scott) takes the easy way in the Arenberg Forest
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Sebastian Langeveld and his EF Education First teammates

Sebastian Langeveld and his EF Education First teammates
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Andre Greipel leads his Arkea-Samsic teammates

Andre Greipel leads his Arkea-Samsic teammates
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Oliver Naesen leads AG2R la Mondiale over the cobbles

Oliver Naesen leads AG2R la Mondiale over the cobbles
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Patrick Lefevere and the Deceuninck-QuickStep roster for Paris-Roubaix at a press conference in Wielsbeke, Belgium

Patrick Lefevere and the Deceuninck-QuickStep roster for Paris-Roubaix at a press conference in Wielsbeke, Belgium
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Riders were out in force Thursday on the roads of the 2019 Paris-Roubaix and in press conferences around Belgium. Dry weather is expected for Sunday's 117th running of the 'Hell of the North', and riders who were testing their legs on the cobbles Thursday enjoyed clear blue skies and comfortable temperatures for their reconnaissance.

After placing his winner's plaque in the outdoor shower of the Roubaix velodrome, defending champion Peter Sagan was out with his Bora-Hansgrohe team, joining other favourites like Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal), Andre Greipel (Area Samsic) and EF Education First with Sep Vanmarcke and Taylor Phinney.

Nils Politt and Katusha-Alpecin shared a lap on the Roubaix velodrome with a group of local school-aged children, while Jumbo-Visma's Wout Van Aert pounded out some kilometres alone on the cobbles. Luke Rowe and Team Sky ventured onto the pavè for a day of training, as did Edvald Boasson Hagen and Dimension Data. Deceuninck-QuickStep stopped in Wielsbeke, Belgium, for a pre-race press conference.

Matthew Hayman, the 2016 winner who is now retired from racing but continues to work with Mitchelton-Scott, was out on the cobbles reliving his win and training with the team. Oliver Naesen was seen leading AG2R La Mondiale across a cobbled sector as some of the riders from the wildcard Pro Continental teams got their first taste of Roubaix's roads.

Click or swipe through the gallery above to see who was out on the roads around Roubaix on Thursday.