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Zdenek Stybar takes a tumble while training with his Quick-Step team

Zdenek Stybar takes a tumble while training with his Quick-Step team
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Zdenek Stybar picks himself up after crashing

Zdenek Stybar picks himself up after crashing
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Tom Boonen on the Paris-Roubaix recon

Tom Boonen on the Paris-Roubaix recon
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Tom Boonen had as many cars following him as most races do

Tom Boonen had as many cars following him as most races do
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Tom Boonen and Zdenek Stybar on the pavé

Tom Boonen and Zdenek Stybar on the pavé
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Tom Boonen's fans were out to see the team's pre-ride

Tom Boonen's fans were out to see the team's pre-ride
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Tom Boonen attacks

Tom Boonen attacks
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Quic Step on the velodrome

Quic Step on the velodrome
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A young fan gets the ride of his dreams

A young fan gets the ride of his dreams
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Tom Boonen on his final Paris-Roubaix reconnaissance

Tom Boonen on his final Paris-Roubaix reconnaissance
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Tom Boonen on his final Paris-Roubaix reconnaissance

Tom Boonen on his final Paris-Roubaix reconnaissance
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Tom Boonen on the pavé

Tom Boonen on the pavé
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Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors) trains on the cobbles

Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors) trains on the cobbles
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Zdenek Stybar launches a perhaps ill-fated attack in the recon ride

Zdenek Stybar launches a perhaps ill-fated attack in the recon ride
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Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors)

Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors)
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Zdenek Stybar found himself in a ditch

Zdenek Stybar found himself in a ditch
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Zdenek Stybar got his crashing out of the way in the recon

Zdenek Stybar got his crashing out of the way in the recon
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Quick-Step on the pavé

Quick-Step on the pavé
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Quick-Step on the pavé

Quick-Step on the pavé
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Quick-Step on the Roubaix velodrome

Quick-Step on the Roubaix velodrome
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Iljo Keisse gives up the sprint for Tom Boonen

Iljo Keisse gives up the sprint for Tom Boonen
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Tom Boonen on the Roubaix velodrome

Tom Boonen on the Roubaix velodrome
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Quick-Step Floors had dozens of cameras following them on their ride

Quick-Step Floors had dozens of cameras following them on their ride
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Iljo Keisse at the front

Iljo Keisse at the front
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Niki Terpstra and Tom Boonen have a laugh

Niki Terpstra and Tom Boonen have a laugh
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Iljo Keisse at the head of the Quick-Step Floors team

Iljo Keisse at the head of the Quick-Step Floors team
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Tom Boonen dreaming of soloing to victory in Paris-Roubaix

Tom Boonen dreaming of soloing to victory in Paris-Roubaix
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The Quick-Step Floors team headed out to the final half of the Paris-Roubaix parcours to stretch their legs before Sunday's main event - Tom Boonen's final race. But Zdenek Stybar got a little closer to the pavé than intended when he slid out in a bend and ended up face-first on the stones.

The team learned from the former Czech champion's mistake and continued on safely to the Roubaix velodrome, where Boonen playfully attacked and soloed to the line for the 'win'.

Boonen's ride was not just fun and games, however. He was testing the Specialized Roubaix with Future Shock front suspension that he rode in the Tour of Flanders - the same bike that suffered a jammed chain at the base of the Taaienberg, effectively ending the Belgian's race.

The team knows that fairy tale career endings are hard to come by, and were putting the final touches on their skills and strategies to deliver Boonen to his record breaking fifth career Paris-Roubaix victory.

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