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Picture gallery: Paris-Roubaix team presentation

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Tom Boonen (Quick Step) in Compiegne.

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) in Compiegne.
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Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme at the Paris-Roubaix presentation.

Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme at the Paris-Roubaix presentation.
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Paris-Roubaix was also part of Bradley Wiggins' programme in 2009.

Paris-Roubaix was also part of Bradley Wiggins' programme in 2009.
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Matt Hayman (Sky) is ready for Paris-Roubaix.

Matt Hayman (Sky) is ready for Paris-Roubaix.
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Lampre-ISD rides Paris-Roubaix under a cloud.

Lampre-ISD rides Paris-Roubaix under a cloud.
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Danilo Hondo is an experienced head at Lampre-ISD.

Danilo Hondo is an experienced head at Lampre-ISD.
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French national team manager Laurent Jalabert at the Paris-Roubaix team presentation

French national team manager Laurent Jalabert at the Paris-Roubaix team presentation
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Euskaltel-Euskadi has sent a young team to Paris-Roubaix.

Euskaltel-Euskadi has sent a young team to Paris-Roubaix.
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Leonardo Duque (Cofidis) at the presentation of the 2011 Paris-Roubaix.

Leonardo Duque (Cofidis) at the presentation of the 2011 Paris-Roubaix.
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Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) has been having a fine spring.

Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) has been having a fine spring.
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Tom Boonen (Quick Step) is chasing a fourth Paris-Roubaix triumph.

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) is chasing a fourth Paris-Roubaix triumph.
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Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) starts as co-leader.

Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) starts as co-leader.
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Stijn Devolder (Vacansoleil-DCM) is looking to make an impact at Paris-Roubaix.

Stijn Devolder (Vacansoleil-DCM) is looking to make an impact at Paris-Roubaix.
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Manuel Quinziato (BMC) is in relaxed mood ahead of Paris-Roubaix.

Manuel Quinziato (BMC) is in relaxed mood ahead of Paris-Roubaix.
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Geraint Thomas (Sky) is high on confidence after his showing in Flanders.

Geraint Thomas (Sky) is high on confidence after his showing in Flanders.
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Geraint Thomas (Sky) is a dark horse for Paris-Roubaix glory.

Geraint Thomas (Sky) is a dark horse for Paris-Roubaix glory.
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Sebastien Chavanel (Europcar) on the eve of Paris-Roubaix.

Sebastien Chavanel (Europcar) on the eve of Paris-Roubaix.
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Jurgen Roelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto) speaks to the press.

Jurgen Roelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto) speaks to the press.
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Irish champion Matt Brammeier's selection for Paris-Roubaix is proof of his progress at HTC-Highroad.

Irish champion Matt Brammeier's selection for Paris-Roubaix is proof of his progress at HTC-Highroad.
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Matt Goss (HTC-Highroad) will be looking to test himself on the cobbles.

Matt Goss (HTC-Highroad) will be looking to test himself on the cobbles.
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Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) at the Chateau de Compiegne.

Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) at the Chateau de Compiegne.
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Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) is relaxed ahead of his Paris-Roubaix debut.

Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) is relaxed ahead of his Paris-Roubaix debut.
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Martin Reimer (Skil-Shimano) in determined mood on the eve of Paris-Roubaix.

Martin Reimer (Skil-Shimano) in determined mood on the eve of Paris-Roubaix.
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Bretagne Schuller will be looking to make an impact.

Bretagne Schuller will be looking to make an impact.
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Manuel Quinziato (BMC) will be prominent on the cobbles.

Manuel Quinziato (BMC) will be prominent on the cobbles.
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In the eye of the storm. Alessandro Ballan (BMC) was keeping mum.

In the eye of the storm. Alessandro Ballan (BMC) was keeping mum.
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George Hincapie (BMC) is looking for an elusive Paris-Roubaix win.

George Hincapie (BMC) is looking for an elusive Paris-Roubaix win.
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Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale) is still building his experience on the cobbles.

Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale) is still building his experience on the cobbles.
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Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) will be lucking to make amends after an unfortunate Tour of Flanders.

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) will be lucking to make amends after an unfortunate Tour of Flanders.
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Andre Greipel and Omega Pharma-Lotto are ready for Paris-Roubaix.

Andre Greipel and Omega Pharma-Lotto are ready for Paris-Roubaix.
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Although the spectre of a major doping investigation involving one of the pre-race favourites hangs over Paris-Roubaix, it was a case of business as usual at the team presentation at the Chateau de Compiegne on Saturday afternoon.

While Saturday morning’s Italian newspapers carried accusations by investigators in Mantova that Alessandro Ballan (BMC) had undergone an autologous blood transfusion in 2009, his team has decided not to remove him from its roster for the Hell of the North.

In a somewhat macabre scene at the team presentation, the former world champion was presented as normal along with his teammates, and he was greeted with warm applause by the crowds gathered in Compiegne. Ballan was not available to field questions after descending from the podium.

The Mantova investigation is centred around Ballan’s erstwhile team, Lampre, and the Italian squad was also present in Compiegne, although its Paris-Roubaix line-up does not include any of the riders who were cited as likely to face charges in a report on Tuttobiciweb.it on Friday.

Meanwhile, Tom Boonen (Quick Step) was in relaxed mood as he spoke to reporters at the presentation, even though he admitted he is still feeling the effects of his double crash at Scheldeprijs on Wednesday.

“After Flanders I was on the way up, but Wednesday has made it a little more difficult,” Boonen smiled. The three-time Paris-Roubaix winner is Fabian Cancellara’s biggest challenger, but he was reluctant to discuss his plans to beat the Swiss rider, explaining that tactics soon go out the window in the Hell of the North.

“There aren’t many tactics you can plan for Paris-Roubaix,” Boonen said. “After a few cobbled sections it’s possible you’ll have lost half your time to crash or something. We’ll plan a little bit, but not too much and I think the strength of the team is that we have a few guys we can play with.”

One of those men is Sylvain Chavanel, and the loudest cheer of the afternoon was reserved for the plucky Frenchman, who came agonisingly close to victory at last Sunday’s Tour of Flanders.

Other riders on hand in Compiegne included Paris-Roubaix debutant Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad), Slovakian talent Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) and Sky’s dark horse Geraint Thomas, who is fresh from a fine showing at last weekend’s Tour of Flanders.

For an exclusive picture gallery from the team presentation, click here.