Van Avermaet, Degenkolb and QuickStep prepare for Paris-Roubaix – Gallery

With the 2019 Paris-Roubaix inching another day closer, teams took advantage of more clear, dry weather on Friday to reconnoitre some of the cobbled sectors they'll face on Sunday.

Greg van Avermaet was out with his CCC Team as the Olympic road race champion hopes to add a second 'Hell of the North' title to his palmarès, having also won in 2017.

John Degenkolb, winner of the race in 2015, was out on the course with the Trek-Segafredo roster, which includes Jasper Stuyven, who finished fourth at Roubaix in 2017, and fifth last year.

And UAE team Emirates' Alexander Kristoff and newcomer Jasper Philipsen were out previewing the cobbles, with Kristoff having been showing some good form of late. He'll be looking to score a first Roubaix win on Sunday, which would be his third Monument, having won Milan-San Remo and the Tour of Flanders in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

Other riders out on Friday looking over some of the cobbled sectors included Astana's Magnus Cort and the Deceuninck-QuickStep armada of Zdenek Stybar, Philippe Gilbert, Yves Lampaert and Kasper Asgreen. André Greipel and his Arkea-Samsic team were also spotted, as were Arnaud Démare and his Groupama-FDJ teammates.

Click or swipe through the gallery above to see who else was out previewing the route on Friday.

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