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Boonen triumphs at Paris-Roubaix

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A jubilant Tom Boonen crosses the finish line

A jubilant Tom Boonen crosses the finish line
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Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) leads the group pursuing Tom Boonen.

Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) leads the group pursuing Tom Boonen.
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Sep Vanmarcke (Garmin-Barracuda) leads Lars Boom (Rabobank) on the cobbles.

Sep Vanmarcke (Garmin-Barracuda) leads Lars Boom (Rabobank) on the cobbles.
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Stijn Devolder and Filippo Pozzato pick themselves up after crashing on the cobbles.

Stijn Devolder and Filippo Pozzato pick themselves up after crashing on the cobbles.
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Markus Eichler (NetApp) eats dust in the Paris-Roubaix convoy.

Markus Eichler (NetApp) eats dust in the Paris-Roubaix convoy.
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Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) puts in a masterful performance on the cobbles en route to victory.

Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) puts in a masterful performance on the cobbles en route to victory.
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Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) bides his time in the field.

Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) bides his time in the field.
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Tom Leezer (Rabobank)

Tom Leezer (Rabobank)
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Stijn Devolder (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia) crashed in the Bersée cobble sector.

Stijn Devolder (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia) crashed in the Bersée cobble sector.
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Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) is a happy man in the Roubaix velodrome.

Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) is a happy man in the Roubaix velodrome.
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Maarten Wynants (Rabobank)

Maarten Wynants (Rabobank)
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Stijn Devolder (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia) crash out of contention at Paris-Roubaix.

Stijn Devolder (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia) crash out of contention at Paris-Roubaix.
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Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia) is assisted back on his bike after crashing.

Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia) is assisted back on his bike after crashing.
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To the victor goes the spoils - Tom Boonen adds a fourth cobblestone trophy to his collection.

To the victor goes the spoils - Tom Boonen adds a fourth cobblestone trophy to his collection.
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Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) rode alone for the final 52km to prevail at Paris-Roubaix.

Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) rode alone for the final 52km to prevail at Paris-Roubaix.
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Lars Boom (Rabobank) in the Roubaix velodrome infield.

Lars Boom (Rabobank) in the Roubaix velodrome infield.
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Niki Terpstra was not able to keep pace with teammate Tom Boonen, who would ride the final 52km alone for victory at Paris-Roubaix.

Niki Terpstra was not able to keep pace with teammate Tom Boonen, who would ride the final 52km alone for victory at Paris-Roubaix.
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Defending champion Johan Vansummeren finished in 9th place.

Defending champion Johan Vansummeren finished in 9th place.
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Alessandro Ballan (BMC) and Sébastien Turgot (Europcar) sprinted for second place, claimed by the Frenchman in a photo finish.

Alessandro Ballan (BMC) and Sébastien Turgot (Europcar) sprinted for second place, claimed by the Frenchman in a photo finish.
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The race-winning attack - Tom Boonen leads teammate Niki Terpstra on the cobbles.

The race-winning attack - Tom Boonen leads teammate Niki Terpstra on the cobbles.
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The fourteen-man chase group behind solo leader Tom Boonen.

The fourteen-man chase group behind solo leader Tom Boonen.
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Ouch! Paris-Roubaix contender Filippo Pozzato crashes on a corner.

Ouch! Paris-Roubaix contender Filippo Pozzato crashes on a corner.
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French legend Bernard Hinault congratulates Tom Boonen on the Paris-Roubaix podium.

French legend Bernard Hinault congratulates Tom Boonen on the Paris-Roubaix podium.
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A smiling Tom Boonen rolls across the Paris-Roubaix finish line as race winner for the fourth time.

A smiling Tom Boonen rolls across the Paris-Roubaix finish line as race winner for the fourth time.
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Paris-Roubaix top three look out onto the crowd.

Paris-Roubaix top three look out onto the crowd.
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Tom Boonen joins compatriot Roger De Vlaeminck as the only four-time Paris-Roubaix champions.

Tom Boonen joins compatriot Roger De Vlaeminck as the only four-time Paris-Roubaix champions.
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Defending Paris-Roubaix champion Johan Vansummeren (Garmin-Barracuda) in the Roubaix velodrome en route to a 9th place finish

Defending Paris-Roubaix champion Johan Vansummeren (Garmin-Barracuda) in the Roubaix velodrome en route to a 9th place finish
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Tom Boonen makes his way around the Roubaix velodrome.

Tom Boonen makes his way around the Roubaix velodrome.
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Tom Boonen all alone in the race lead at Paris-Roubaix.

Tom Boonen all alone in the race lead at Paris-Roubaix.
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Only a millimetre separated second-place finisher Sébastien Turgot, right, from third-placed Alessandro Ballan.

Only a millimetre separated second-place finisher Sébastien Turgot, right, from third-placed Alessandro Ballan.
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Riders roll along through the countryside of northern France during the 2012 edition of Paris-Roubaix.

Riders roll along through the countryside of northern France during the 2012 edition of Paris-Roubaix.
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Four-time Paris-Roubaix champion Tom Boonen lets it all sink in the podium.

Four-time Paris-Roubaix champion Tom Boonen lets it all sink in the podium.
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Action in the feared Arenberg forest sector of cobbles.

Action in the feared Arenberg forest sector of cobbles.
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The peloton makes its way through northern France to the Roubaix velodrome on dry roads.

The peloton makes its way through northern France to the Roubaix velodrome on dry roads.
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Tom Boonen rode away from the field to win the 2012 edition of Paris-Roubaix in 50+km solo break.

Tom Boonen rode away from the field to win the 2012 edition of Paris-Roubaix in 50+km solo break.
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2012 Paris-Roubaix champion Tom Boonen soaks in the adulation at the Roubaix velodrome.

2012 Paris-Roubaix champion Tom Boonen soaks in the adulation at the Roubaix velodrome.
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2010 Paris-Roubaix podium (l-r): Alessandro Ballan, Tom Boonen and Sébastien Turgot

2010 Paris-Roubaix podium (l-r): Alessandro Ballan, Tom Boonen and Sébastien Turgot
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Tom Boonen is urged on by spectators during his winning attack at Paris-Roubaix.

Tom Boonen is urged on by spectators during his winning attack at Paris-Roubaix.
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Tom Boonen has won Paris-Roubaix for the fourth time.

Tom Boonen has won Paris-Roubaix for the fourth time.
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2012 Paris-Roubaix champion Tom Boonen all alone at the finish line.

2012 Paris-Roubaix champion Tom Boonen all alone at the finish line.
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Do you think Tommeke's happy about his fourth Paris-Roubaix title?

Do you think Tommeke's happy about his fourth Paris-Roubaix title?
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2012 Paris-Roubaix champion Tom Boonen is swarmed on the infield of the Roubaix velodrome.

2012 Paris-Roubaix champion Tom Boonen is swarmed on the infield of the Roubaix velodrome.
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Omega Pharma-QuickStep had plenty of firepower in support of Boonen on the Roubaix cobbles.

Omega Pharma-QuickStep had plenty of firepower in support of Boonen on the Roubaix cobbles.
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Paris-Roubaix champion Tom Boonen and third-place finisher Alessandro Ballan on the podium.

Paris-Roubaix champion Tom Boonen and third-place finisher Alessandro Ballan on the podium.
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The chase group sprints in for second place on the Roubaix velodrome.

The chase group sprints in for second place on the Roubaix velodrome.
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Spectators try to catch a glimpse of their favourite riders during the 2012 edition of Paris-Roubaix.

Spectators try to catch a glimpse of their favourite riders during the 2012 edition of Paris-Roubaix.
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The spectators can get really close to the action at Paris-Roubaix

The spectators can get really close to the action at Paris-Roubaix
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Alessandro Ballan (BMC) and Lars Boom (Rabobank)

Alessandro Ballan (BMC) and Lars Boom (Rabobank)
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Luca Paolini (Katusha) is forced wide in pursuit of Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)

Luca Paolini (Katusha) is forced wide in pursuit of Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)
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Juan Antonio Flecha (Team Sky)

Juan Antonio Flecha (Team Sky)
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Juan Antonio Flecha (Team Sky) on the cobbles at Paris-Roubaix 2012

Juan Antonio Flecha (Team Sky) on the cobbles at Paris-Roubaix 2012
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Alessandro Ballan (BMC) at Paris-Roubaix 2012

Alessandro Ballan (BMC) at Paris-Roubaix 2012
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The generous crowds were thrilled by Boonen's performance

The generous crowds were thrilled by Boonen's performance
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Boonen driving towards victory

Boonen driving towards victory
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Boonen rides round the velodrome at the finish of Paris-Roubaix 2012

Boonen rides round the velodrome at the finish of Paris-Roubaix 2012
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The cobbles held no fears for Tom Boonen at Paris-Roubaix 2012

The cobbles held no fears for Tom Boonen at Paris-Roubaix 2012
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Boonen's move 50km out broke his rivals

Boonen's move 50km out broke his rivals
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Boonen's record-equalling fourth win at Paris-Roubaix was his most comfortable

Boonen's record-equalling fourth win at Paris-Roubaix was his most comfortable
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The moment of glory for Tom Boonen

The moment of glory for Tom Boonen
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Boonen walks to greet the press after his victory

Boonen walks to greet the press after his victory
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The battle for second place concludes at the velodrome

The battle for second place concludes at the velodrome
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Boonen looking fresh on the podium despite his Herculean efforts

Boonen looking fresh on the podium despite his Herculean efforts
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Boonen's run of form this spring has been unprecedented

Boonen's run of form this spring has been unprecedented
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Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) on the podium

Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) on the podium
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Sebastien Turgot (Team Europcar) finished second

Sebastien Turgot (Team Europcar) finished second
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Ballan has had a decent Classics campaign

Ballan has had a decent Classics campaign
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Alessandro Ballan (BMC) finished in third place

Alessandro Ballan (BMC) finished in third place
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The three podium finishers take the applause

The three podium finishers take the applause
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Boonen in splendid isolation on his way to victory at Paris-Roubaix 2012

Boonen in splendid isolation on his way to victory at Paris-Roubaix 2012
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Juan Antonio Flecha (Team Sky), Lars Boom (Rabobank) and Alessandro Ballan (BMC)

Juan Antonio Flecha (Team Sky), Lars Boom (Rabobank) and Alessandro Ballan (BMC)
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Tom Boonen has arrived solo in the Roubaix velodrome and has plenty of time to enjoy his victory.

Tom Boonen has arrived solo in the Roubaix velodrome and has plenty of time to enjoy his victory.
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Turgot (Team Europcar) was delighted with his podium finish at Paris-Roubaix

Turgot (Team Europcar) was delighted with his podium finish at Paris-Roubaix
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Matteo Tosatto (Saxo Bank) would take the sprint for 7th place from this chase group.

Matteo Tosatto (Saxo Bank) would take the sprint for 7th place from this chase group.
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Smiles on the podium for Ballan, Boonen and Turgot

Smiles on the podium for Ballan, Boonen and Turgot
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Boonen's performance at Paris-Roubaix 2012 will be talked about for years to come

Boonen's performance at Paris-Roubaix 2012 will be talked about for years to come
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To the victor goes the spoils

To the victor goes the spoils
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Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) holds the Paris-Robaix trophy aloft for a record-equalling fourth time

Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) holds the Paris-Robaix trophy aloft for a record-equalling fourth time
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Boonen makes his decisive move with 50km to go at Paris-Roubaix

Boonen makes his decisive move with 50km to go at Paris-Roubaix
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Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) celebrates his fourth victory in Paris-Roubaix.

Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) celebrates his fourth victory in Paris-Roubaix.
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The peloton in full flight through the Arenberg forest pave sector.

The peloton in full flight through the Arenberg forest pave sector.
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Tom Boonen has equalled the record of Roger De Vlaeminck with his fourth Paris-Roubaix victory today.

Tom Boonen has equalled the record of Roger De Vlaeminck with his fourth Paris-Roubaix victory today.
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Tom Boonen lets everyone know he's just won Paris-Roubaix for the fourth time, tying the record set by Roger De Vlaeminck.

Tom Boonen lets everyone know he's just won Paris-Roubaix for the fourth time, tying the record set by Roger De Vlaeminck.
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Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) is all alone in the lead in the Roubaix velodrome.

Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) is all alone in the lead in the Roubaix velodrome.
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Sébastien Turgot (Europcar), left, outsprinted Alessandro Ballan (BMC) for second place.

Sébastien Turgot (Europcar), left, outsprinted Alessandro Ballan (BMC) for second place.
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In a photo finish, Sébastien Turgot (Europcar) pipped Alessandro Ballan (BMC) for second place.

In a photo finish, Sébastien Turgot (Europcar) pipped Alessandro Ballan (BMC) for second place.
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Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) received plenty of encouragement while on his solo ride to victory.

Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) received plenty of encouragement while on his solo ride to victory.
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Tom Boonen with his fourth Paris-Roubaix trophy.

Tom Boonen with his fourth Paris-Roubaix trophy.
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Tom Boonen still has plenty of strength left to hoist the cobblestone trophy aloft on the podium.

Tom Boonen still has plenty of strength left to hoist the cobblestone trophy aloft on the podium.
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Boonen had the luxury of being able to savour victory from a long way out at Paris-Roubaix

Boonen had the luxury of being able to savour victory from a long way out at Paris-Roubaix
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Tom Boonen turned Paris-Roubaix 2012 into a procession

Tom Boonen turned Paris-Roubaix 2012 into a procession
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Four of the best: Boonen celebrates

Four of the best: Boonen celebrates
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The chasing pack couldn't get near the winner

The chasing pack couldn't get near the winner
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Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) rode into the record books with a dominant solo victory at Paris-Roubaix. The 31-year-old Belgian rode the final 52km alone to win by 1:39 over a five-man chase group led across the finish line in the Roubaix velodrome by Sébastien Turgot (Europcar). Alessandro Ballan (BMC) rounded out the podium for third place in a photo-finish with the Frenchman.

With the victory Boonen equals Roger De Vlaeminck's all-time win record of four victories in the Hell of the North, and for the second time in Boonen's career he's claimed the Tour of Flanders/Paris-Roubaix double in the same season.

"I was not really thinking about the winning race or doing a record," Boonen said. "I was just fighting myself. I was taking it step by step, cobblestone by cobblestone, kilometer by kilometer. I think if you start thinking about the 60 or 57 km, which is when I left, it's nearly impossible. It is all in your mind. I was really thinking about my lead. With the gap at 30 seconds I was trying to take it second by second. I was trying not to push it right away to one minute, tried not to force myself. It was the best way to save my strength and put all my strength into the 50km in front of me. I think it was the best option.

"The velodrome finish line, it's the only one where you can do two laps where all the people are," continued Boonen. "It's the only finish line where you have one kilometre where you can bond with the people that are there. It's just just such a special race. Paris-Roubaix, only one race like it in the world. A race like this needs a special finish. I think changing this finish line would be very stupid. It's almost more Paris-Roubaix — finishing here — than the cobblestones. I was really enjoying my two laps."

Runner-up Turgot was delighted with the result as he realised that Boonen was out of reach on Easter Sunday. "I don't realise yet how huge the performance is that I achieved," Turgot said. "I did some track and that certainly helped me in the sprint. Boonen was too strong. It was almost a miracle what he did, it was super nice," Turgot said.

A sunny, dry day for Paris-Roubaix

Right after rolling out of sunny Compiègne the attacks came thick and fast as riders sought to make the early escape. A huge group of 25 rider wasn’t allowed much distance as the peloton kept riding at high speed. Finally, after 70km of fast-paced, aggressive racing, a group of 12 riders rolled off the front and the peloton let them go. The group consisted of Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), Yaroslav Popovych (RadioShack-Nissan), Kenny De Haes (Lotto-Belisol), Frederik Veuchelen and Bert Jan Lindeman (Vacansoleil-DCM). David Boucher (FDJ-Big Mat). Michael Morkov (Team Saxo Bank), David Veilleux (Team Europcar), Dominic Klemme (Argos-Shimano), Laurent Mangel (Saur-Sojasun), Aleksejs Saramotins (Cofidis) and Grischa Janorschke (Team NetApp).

The pace in the peloton dropped off after covering the first two hours at a rapid 48km/h clip and as a result the 12 escapees gained a lead of four minutes in no time. Sky and BMC worked in the peloton to keep the gap under five minutes as they didn’t have a man in the lead group.

The break's advantage over the peloton remained the same until the riders hit pavé section 21, Aulny-lez-Valenciennes – Famars. In front Saramotins flatted but near the front of the peloton there was a crash. Many riders were held up by those who hit the deck and blocked the road. The biggest casualties were Dutchmen Tom Stamsnijder and Tom Leezer. French veteran Fréderic Guesdon (FDJ-Big Mat) and young prospect Tony Gallopin (RadioShack-Nissan) were also hindered by the crash and they failed to come back to the peloton.

Arenberg forest looms large

The Sky team led the peloton at high speed towards the Arenberg forest with its notorious, grueling pavé sector. The passage started dramatically as in front Janorschke crashed hard, taking Popovych and Van Keirsbulck down with him. In the peloton top favorite Tom Boonen set the pace, soon to be helped by teammate and French champion Sylvain Chavanel.

At the back of the peloton outsiders like Grégory Rast (RadioShack-Nissan) and George Hincapie (BMC) suffered flats. Once out of the forest eight riders remained in the lead with less than two minutes on the peloton. The eight surviving riders from the early break included Boucher, Veuchelen, Lindemann, Morkov, Veilleux, Klemme, Mangel and Saramotins.

After the Arenberg forest several attacks were launched from the peloton and suddenly Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) was up the road together with Alessandro Ballan (BMC), Jimmy Casper (AG2R-La Mondiale), Mathieu Ladagnous (FDJ-Big Mat), Sébastien Turgot (Europcar) and Maarten Wynants (Rabobank). The six collected half a minute on the peloton but on pavé section 14 Gert Steegmans (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) took a strong pull to lead the peloton back to the six in the chase group. With such aggressive racing from the peloton the breakaway group didn’t stand a chance and at the feed zone, with 68km to go, there was a complete regrouping in front.

Omega Pharma-QuickStep goes long

During this tactical moment in the race Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) profited to sneak away with fellow French riders Mangel, Ladagnous, Turgot plus Switzerland's Michael Schär (BMC) ahead of pavé section 12 in Orchies. Turgot blasted away on the cobbles from the lead group when Chavanel flatted. Meanwhile, in the peloton Boonen accelerated and only Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia) was able to keep up. The duo caught up with Turgot at the end of pavé section 12. Soon afterwards Terpstra and Ballan bridged up as well, creating a five-man leader’s group.

Once back on asphalted roads there was no cooperation in this group and then the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team staged a coup as Boonen went up the road together with his lieutenant Terpstra. The situation initially looked awkward, though, as Terpstra was unable to keep up with his team leader on the 5-star pavé section 11 of Auchy-les-Orchies – Bersée. With approximately 52km to go Boonen was up the road on his own.

Behind him in the chase group co-favorite Pozzato misjudged a corner on the cobbles. The Italian star crashed into Stijn Devolder (Vacansoleil-DCM) and both riders lost valuable time while Boonen collected half a minute on the first chase group.

Can Boonen do it?

The gap remained at nearly half a minute when reaching pavé section 10. Boonen made it through the unforgiving 3km-long stretch at Mons-en-Pévèle while the peloton split apart behind him. The Sky team had the numbers in this seven-man group, featuring Flecha, Boasson Hagen andHayman. The other riders in the group were Ballan, Ladagnous, Boom and Terpstra. They were caught by seven more riders with 40km to go while Boonen's lead had grown slightly to 40 seconds. The seven riders who bridged up were Ian Stannard (Sky), Johan Vansummeren (Garmin-Barracuda), Luca Paolini (Katusha), Jacopo Guarnieri (Astana), Matteo Tosatto (Saxo Bank), Wynants and Turgot. Stannard did all he could to bring the gap down but instead Boonen hit pavé section 7 with a gap of 50 seconds on the chase group of 14 riders.

The Belgian struggled to get the gap over one minute but he eventually got it on the cobbles of Cysoing à Bourghelles (pavé section 6), with 27 km to go. At the same section there were a couple of accelerations in the chase group featuring Flecha, Boom, Ballan and Vansummeren but these were all neutralized by Terpstra.

Boom switched bikes on the asphalted roads towards the last important pavé sections of Camphin-en-Pévèle and Carrefour de l’Arbre where Boonen's lead had grown to 1:20 on the chase group. Boom bounced back from his mechanical and steamed passed the group to launch a solo counter-attack. Flecha, Ballan and Ladagnous followed the Dutchman a little further back. For the first time the gap dropped but once Boonen finished the cobbles of the Carrefour de l’Arbre he still had 1:10 on Boom.

The Flecha, Ballan and Ladagnous group regained contact with Boom to form a four-rider chase, but they now seemed resigned to racing for second. The group lost horsepower at 13km remaining as Ladagnous flatted, while in front Boonen looked as smooth as ever across the pave as the distance to the Roubaix velodrome grew ever shorter.

Boonen kept his three chasers at bay and with 4km to go his lead stood at 1:32. The Belgian powerhouse soon cracked a smile for the cameras inside of 3km to go and he soon had the velodrome in Roubaix all to himself as he soaked up the adulation from the crowd and savoured every second of his triumphant 1.5 laps of the track for his fourth Paris-Roubaix victory.

Full Results
1Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep5:55:22
2Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:39
3Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team
4Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling
5Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
6Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:43
7Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo Bank0:03:31
8Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling
9Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - Barracuda
10Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team
11Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team
12Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
13Grégory Rast (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan0:04:23
14Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team
15Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team0:04:37
16Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
17Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia
18Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
19Jimmy Casper (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
20Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
21Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
22Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team
23Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team
24Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
25Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar0:04:58
26Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan
27Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
28Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:06:22
29Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Barracuda
30Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
31Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:06:25
32Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Barracuda
33Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:06:27
34Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:07:46
35Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
36Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
37Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team
38Saïd Haddou (Fra) Team Europcar
39Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
40Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team
41Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat
42Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling
43George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team
44Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:07:48
45Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:50
46Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
47David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar0:09:09
48Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team0:09:11
49Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:09:37
50Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team
51Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling
52Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
53Stuart O'Grady (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team
54Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big Mat
55Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
56Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling0:11:07
57Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team
58Stijn Devolder (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
59Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank
60Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
61Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha Team
62Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha Team
63John Degenkolb (Ger) Argos - Shimano
64Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISD0:13:05
65Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
66Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan
67Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
68Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
69Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
70Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team NetApp
71Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp
72Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank
73Kenny De Haes (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
74Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
75Jens Mouris (Ned) GreenEdge Cycling Team
76Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha Team
77André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team
78Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank
79Jon Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
80Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar
81Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
82Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team
83Bert De Backer (Bel) Argos - Shimano
84Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin - Barracuda
85Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:17:17
86Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling
HDDavid Boucher (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:18:21
HDFrédéric Guesdon (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:18:52
HDKristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:18:54
HDMarkel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan0:19:17
HDChristophe Laborie (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
HDJuraj Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale0:20:10
HDMarkus Eichler (Ger) Team NetApp
HDRuben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
HDMartin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:21:34
HDChristopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling
HDRafai Chtioui (Tun) Team Europcar
HDJack Bauer (NZl) Garmin - Barracuda
HDGregor Gazvoda (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale
HDMarco Haller (Aut) Katusha Team
HDDennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
HDDominic Klemme (Ger) Argos - Shimano0:22:15
HDRoger Kluge (Ger) Argos - Shimano
HDRonan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Argos - Shimano0:22:18
HDLuke Roberts (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:25:48
HDReto Hollenstein (Swi) Team NetApp
HDRamon Sinkeldam (Ned) Argos - Shimano
HDYuriy Krivtsov (Fra) Lampre - ISD0:29:44
HDDmytro Krivtsov (Ukr) Lampre - ISD
HDRoberto De Patre (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia
HDJaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank
HDJens Keukeleire (Bel) GreenEdge Cycling Team
HDKris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
DNFAndreas Klier (Ger) Garmin - Barracuda
DNFJacob Rathe (USA) Garmin - Barracuda
DNFSébastien Rosseler (Bel) Garmin - Barracuda
DNFIljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
DNFMatteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
DNFGuillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
DNFCoen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
DNFDanilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team
DNFFilippo Pozzato (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia
DNFLuca Ascani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia
DNFCristiano Benenati (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia
DNFThomas Bertolini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia
DNFOscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia
DNFLeonardo Giordani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia
DNFJeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky Procycling
DNFDaniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan
DNFTony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan
DNFGiacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan
DNFYaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack-Nissan
DNFBaden Cooke (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team
DNFBrett Lancaster (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team
DNFSvein Tuft (Can) GreenEdge Cycling Team
DNFTomas Vaitkus (Ltu) GreenEdge Cycling Team
DNFMatthew Wilson (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team
DNFSander Cordeel (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
DNFJens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
DNFGreg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team
DNFMaarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
DNFMarcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team
DNFFrederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
DNFVladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team
DNFAliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha Team
DNFPim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
DNFWilliam Bonnet (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
DNFJonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
DNFMatteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD
DNFVitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre - ISD
DNFDavide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISD
DNFMassimo Graziato (Ita) Lampre - ISD
DNFOleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISD
DNFFederico Canuti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
DNFMauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
DNFEdward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale
DNFKristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale
DNFAlan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
DNFYohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar
DNFAlexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar
DNFMartin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFSteve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFRomain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFTom Veelers (Ned) Argos - Shimano
DNFTom Stamsnijder (Ned) Argos - Shimano
DNFDmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
DNFAssan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
DNFDmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
DNFValentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
DNFJesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team
DNFFrancisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team
DNFRuben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team
DNFPablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team
DNFJérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
DNFRony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
DNFStéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
DNFYannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
DNFRicardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
DNFPierre Cazaux (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi
DNFAlan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
DNFAdrian Saez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
DNFPablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
DNFEdwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFEgoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFNico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFFlorian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
DNFGuillaume Blot (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
DNFJean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
DNFSébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
DNFMathieu Halleguen (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
DNFLaurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
DNFGrischa Janorschke (Ger) Team NetApp
DNFAndré Schulze (Ger) Team NetApp
DNFMichael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team NetApp
DNFTimon Seubert (Ger) Team NetApp

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