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Terpstra wins Paris-Roubaix with late solo attack

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The stairway to cobble...

The stairway to cobble... (Image credit: ASO/B.Bade)
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Sébastien Turgot (Ag2r) leads Arnaud Démare

Sébastien Turgot (Ag2r) leads Arnaud Démare (Image credit: ASO/B.Bade)
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The peloton arrives in the velodrome

The peloton arrives in the velodrome (Image credit: ASO/B.Bade)
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Arnaud Démare (FDJ)

Arnaud Démare (FDJ) (Image credit: ASO/B.Bade)
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Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and Fabian Cancellara shoulder to shloulder

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and Fabian Cancellara shoulder to shloulder (Image credit: ASO/B.Bade)
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Johan Le Bon and Yoann Offredo (FDJ)

Johan Le Bon and Yoann Offredo (FDJ) (Image credit: ASO/B.Bade)
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John Degenkolb (Giant Shimano)

John Degenkolb (Giant Shimano) (Image credit: ASO/B.Bade)
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The early break of the day

The early break of the day (Image credit: ASO/B.Bade)
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Peter Sagan modelling the new Cannondale kit with Sojason joining as a sponsor

Peter Sagan modelling the new Cannondale kit with Sojason joining as a sponsor (Image credit: ASO/B.Bade)
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UnitedHealthcare riders sign on

UnitedHealthcare riders sign on (Image credit: ASO/B.Bade)
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Niki with his wife Ramona

Niki with his wife Ramona (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Terpstras after Niki's win

The Terpstras after Niki's win (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)

Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Jarl Salomein (Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise)

Jarl Salomein (Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Netherland's Niki Terpstra reacts as he crosses the finish line to win the 112th edition of the Paris-Roubaix

Netherland's Niki Terpstra reacts as he crosses the finish line to win the 112th edition of the Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: AFP)
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Tom Boonen was a key cog for Omega Pharma-Quick Step claiming the win

Tom Boonen was a key cog for Omega Pharma-Quick Step claiming the win (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Arenberg pave was the cause of numerous punctures today

The Arenberg pave was the cause of numerous punctures today (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Eddy Boasson Hagen (Team Sky)

Eddy Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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2011 victor Johan Vansummeran (Garmin Sharp)

2011 victor Johan Vansummeran (Garmin Sharp) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Christian Knees (Team Sky) with Europcar's Yannick Martinez

Christian Knees (Team Sky) with Europcar's Yannick Martinez (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team Europcar's reminders of the pave sectors

Team Europcar's reminders of the pave sectors (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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A little reminder of the pave sections

A little reminder of the pave sections (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Dave Millar's one-off Roubaix shoes

Dave Millar's one-off Roubaix shoes (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Dave Millar's Roubaix shoes

Dave Millar's Roubaix shoes (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The crowd out in full force

The crowd out in full force (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Cancellara and Vanmarcke

Cancellara and Vanmarcke (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Sep Vanmarcke tapping out the power

Sep Vanmarcke tapping out the power (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) puts in an attack

Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) puts in an attack (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Styabr with Terpstra

Styabr with Terpstra (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Stijn Vandenbergh congratulating Terpstra

Stijn Vandenbergh congratulating Terpstra (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Jean-François Pescheux congratulates Terpstra

Jean-François Pescheux congratulates Terpstra (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Is yours Niki...

Is yours Niki... (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Terpstra takes a look at his prize from another angle

Terpstra takes a look at his prize from another angle (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The 2014 champion of the cobbles with his prize

The 2014 champion of the cobbles with his prize (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The cobble and Terpstra's con's

The cobble and Terpstra's con's (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Fabian Cancellara (Trek) was close but couldn't claim the double

Fabian Cancellara (Trek) was close but couldn't claim the double (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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John Degenkolb (Giant Shimano) and Fabian Cancellara (Trek) shake hands)

John Degenkolb (Giant Shimano) and Fabian Cancellara (Trek) shake hands) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Thumbs up for John Degenkolb (Giant Shimano)

Thumbs up for John Degenkolb (Giant Shimano) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Niki Terpstra with the 2014 Paris-Roubaix Cobble

Niki Terpstra with the 2014 Paris-Roubaix Cobble (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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That winning feeling still sinking in for Terpstra

That winning feeling still sinking in for Terpstra (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Fighting for position

Fighting for position (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) followed by Tom Boonen

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) followed by Tom Boonen (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) cornering

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) cornering (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team Europcar awaiting the start

Team Europcar awaiting the start (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Russian champion Vladimir Isaichev (Katusha)

Russian champion Vladimir Isaichev (Katusha) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) cracked the top ten

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) cracked the top ten (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Peter Sagan (Cannondale) flying over the pave

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) flying over the pave (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Niki Terpstra and Tom Boonen side-by-side

Niki Terpstra and Tom Boonen side-by-side (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) awaiting a new wheel

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) awaiting a new wheel (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Arnaud Démare (FDJ)

Arnaud Démare (FDJ) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Taylor Phinney (BMC)

Taylor Phinney (BMC) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The fingers of neo-pro Vegard Breen (Lotto Belisol)

The fingers of neo-pro Vegard Breen (Lotto Belisol) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Vegard Breen (Lotto Belisol) strapped and ready for the cobbles

Vegard Breen (Lotto Belisol) strapped and ready for the cobbles (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alexandre Pichot (Europcar) trying to keep it upright

Alexandre Pichot (Europcar) trying to keep it upright (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tylar Farrar (Garmin Sharp)

Tylar Farrar (Garmin Sharp) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Fran Ventoso (Movistar) looking focused

Fran Ventoso (Movistar) looking focused (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)

Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Bart de Backer (Giant Shimano) just missed out on the top ten

Bart de Backer (Giant Shimano) just missed out on the top ten (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Bram Tankink (Belkin)

Bram Tankink (Belkin) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Millar's (Garmin Sharp) latest pair of custom shoes for charity

Millar's (Garmin Sharp) latest pair of custom shoes for charity (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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David Millar (Garmin Sharp) at his last Roubaix

David Millar (Garmin Sharp) at his last Roubaix (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) rode impressively to finish 10th

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) rode impressively to finish 10th (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The flowers of Northern France

The flowers of Northern France (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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British and Welsh fans about and about on the pave

British and Welsh fans about and about on the pave (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) with a one-arm salute for taking out second place

John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) with a one-arm salute for taking out second place (Image credit: ASO/B. Bade)
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Team Sky at the presentation for Paris-Roubaix

Team Sky at the presentation for Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: ASO/B.Bade)
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FDJ presented to the crowd before the start of Paris-Roubaix

FDJ presented to the crowd before the start of Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: ASO/B.Bade)
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Lars Boom (Belkin) on the pave avoiding a crash just behind him

Lars Boom (Belkin) on the pave avoiding a crash just behind him (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) after one of several punctures he suffered before abandoning

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) after one of several punctures he suffered before abandoning (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) looks for his teammates after winning

Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) looks for his teammates after winning (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) goes on the attack

Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) goes on the attack (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) wins the 2014 Paris-Roubaix

Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) wins the 2014 Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) wins the sprint for second place

John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) wins the sprint for second place (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Peter Sagan (Cannondale) during his solo attack

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) during his solo attack (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha) crashed out early

Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha) crashed out early (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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A crash took out Greg van Avermaet (BMC)

A crash took out Greg van Avermaet (BMC) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Riders bite the dust in Paris-Roubaix

Riders bite the dust in Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing)

Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The 2014 Paris-Roubaix podium: Degenkolb, Terpstra and Cancellara

The 2014 Paris-Roubaix podium: Degenkolb, Terpstra and Cancellara (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) fights in the dust

Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) fights in the dust (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) celebrates the highpoint of his career so far

Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) celebrates the highpoint of his career so far (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) hits the ground hard

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) hits the ground hard (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Marcus Burghardt tries to avoid his BMC teammate Van Avermaet

Marcus Burghardt tries to avoid his BMC teammate Van Avermaet (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Ag2r's Steve Chainel tries running over the pave instead

Ag2r's Steve Chainel tries running over the pave instead (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tom Boonen

Tom Boonen (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Thor Hushovd

Thor Hushovd (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Bradley Wiggins, Sebastian Langvelde and Niki Terpstra

Bradley Wiggins, Sebastian Langvelde and Niki Terpstra (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tom Boonen, Peter Sagan and Bradley Wiggins

Tom Boonen, Peter Sagan and Bradley Wiggins (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Fabian Cancellara leads Zdenek Stybar, Tom Boonen, Peter Sagan and Bradley Wiggins

Fabian Cancellara leads Zdenek Stybar, Tom Boonen, Peter Sagan and Bradley Wiggins (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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John Degenkolb takes a pull

John Degenkolb takes a pull (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Fabian Cancellara sets the pace

Fabian Cancellara sets the pace (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Sep Vanmarcke

Sep Vanmarcke (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Sep Vanmarcke and Fabian Cancellara

Sep Vanmarcke and Fabian Cancellara (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Niki Terpstra with his Paris-Roubaix trophy

Niki Terpstra with his Paris-Roubaix trophy (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Yannick Martinez

Yannick Martinez (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Thor Hushovd (BMC) looking strong on the cobbles

Thor Hushovd (BMC) looking strong on the cobbles (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tom Boonen had a much better race than last week at Flanders to finish 10th

Tom Boonen had a much better race than last week at Flanders to finish 10th (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) picks himself up after a crash

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) picks himself up after a crash (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Paris-Roubaix podium

The Paris-Roubaix podium (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma Quick Step) finishes up Paris-Roubaix on the velodrome

Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma Quick Step) finishes up Paris-Roubaix on the velodrome (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma Quick Step) inside the velodrome

Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma Quick Step) inside the velodrome (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma Quick Step) giving it his all

Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma Quick Step) giving it his all (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The 2014 Paris-Roubaix champion Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma Quick Step)

The 2014 Paris-Roubaix champion Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma Quick Step) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma Quick Step) triumphs at Paris-Roubaix

Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma Quick Step) triumphs at Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma Quick Step) arms aloft

Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma Quick Step) arms aloft (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma Quick Step) celebrates Paris-Roubaix victory

Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma Quick Step) celebrates Paris-Roubaix victory (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma Quick Step) on the limit

Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma Quick Step) on the limit (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma Quick Step)

Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma Quick Step) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Paris-Roubaix podium

The Paris-Roubaix podium (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The 2014 Paris-Roubaix podium of Degenkolb, Terpstra and Cancellara

The 2014 Paris-Roubaix podium of Degenkolb, Terpstra and Cancellara (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Paris-Roubaix podium

The Paris-Roubaix podium (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Netherland's Niki Terpstra reacts as he crosses the finish line to win the 112th edition of the Paris-Roubaix

Netherland's Niki Terpstra reacts as he crosses the finish line to win the 112th edition of the Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: AFP)
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Belgium's Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) followed by Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) rides through a cobblestoned section

Belgium's Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) followed by Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) rides through a cobblestoned section (Image credit: AFP)
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Belgium's Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) rides through a cobblestoned section

Belgium's Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) rides through a cobblestoned section (Image credit: AFP)
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Britain's Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)

Britain's Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) (Image credit: AFP)
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Britain's Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

Britain's Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) (Image credit: AFP)
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Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) rides through a cobblestoned section

Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) rides through a cobblestoned section (Image credit: AFP)
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(From R) Norway's Thor Hushovd (BMC), Belgium's Bert De Backer (Giant Shimano), Britain's Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) and Belgium's Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)

(From R) Norway's Thor Hushovd (BMC), Belgium's Bert De Backer (Giant Shimano), Britain's Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) and Belgium's Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) (Image credit: AFP)
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The peloton lines up for Paris-Roubaix

The peloton lines up for Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: AFP)
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(From R) Belgium's Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) rides through the Troisvilles trench

(From R) Belgium's Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) rides through the Troisvilles trench (Image credit: AFP)
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(From L) Belgium's Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Britain's Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) and Belgium's Bert De Backer lead a 6-men break

(From L) Belgium's Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Britain's Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) and Belgium's Bert De Backer lead a 6-men break (Image credit: AFP)
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Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) rides in the pack

Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) rides in the pack (Image credit: AFP)
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The peloton at Paris-Roubaix

The peloton at Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: AFP)
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(From R) Belgium's David Boucher (FDJ), Belgium's Kenny Dehaes (Lotto-Belisol), France's Benoit Jarrier (Bretagne-Seche Environnement), Belgium's Tim De Troyer (Wanty Groupe Gobert) and France's Clement Koretzky (Bretagne-Seche Environnemen

(From R) Belgium's David Boucher (FDJ), Belgium's Kenny Dehaes (Lotto-Belisol), France's Benoit Jarrier (Bretagne-Seche Environnement), Belgium's Tim De Troyer (Wanty Groupe Gobert) and France's Clement Koretzky (Bretagne-Seche Environnemen (Image credit: AFP)
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(From R) France's Benoit Jarrier (Bretagne-Seche Environnement), John Murphy of the US (United Health Care), Slovakia's Michael Kolar (Tinkoff-Saxo) and France's Clement Koretzky (Bretagne-Seche Environnement)

(From R) France's Benoit Jarrier (Bretagne-Seche Environnement), John Murphy of the US (United Health Care), Slovakia's Michael Kolar (Tinkoff-Saxo) and France's Clement Koretzky (Bretagne-Seche Environnement) (Image credit: AFP)
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Belgium's Tom Boonen rides with the pack

Belgium's Tom Boonen rides with the pack (Image credit: AFP)
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The peloton during Paris-Roubaix

The peloton during Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: AFP)
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The peloton

The peloton (Image credit: AFP)
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Switzerland's Silvan Dillier (BMC) is helped by a team assistant after he fell

Switzerland's Silvan Dillier (BMC) is helped by a team assistant after he fell (Image credit: AFP)
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(From R) Slovakia's Michael Kolar, Belgium's David Boucher, Belgium's Kenny Dehaes (Lotto-Belisol), France's Benoit Jarrier (Bretagne-Seche Environnement), Belgium's Tim De Troyer and France's Clement Koretzky

(From R) Slovakia's Michael Kolar, Belgium's David Boucher, Belgium's Kenny Dehaes (Lotto-Belisol), France's Benoit Jarrier (Bretagne-Seche Environnement), Belgium's Tim De Troyer and France's Clement Koretzky (Image credit: AFP)
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The peloton on the Paris-Roubaix cobbles

The peloton on the Paris-Roubaix cobbles (Image credit: AFP)
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(From R) Germany's Andreas Schillinger (Team Netapp Endura), Belgium's David Boucher (FDJ), France's Benoit Jarrier (Bretagne-Seche Environnement), John Murphy of the US (United Health Care), Slovakia's Michael Kolar (Tinkoff-Saxo) and France's Clement Koretzky (Bretagne-Seche Environnement) take part to an eight-man breakaway

(From R) Germany's Andreas Schillinger (Team Netapp Endura), Belgium's David Boucher (FDJ), France's Benoit Jarrier (Bretagne-Seche Environnement), John Murphy of the US (United Health Care), Slovakia's Michael Kolar (Tinkoff-Saxo) and France's Clement Koretzky (Bretagne-Seche Environnement) take part to an eight-man breakaway (Image credit: AFP)
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Belgium's Kenny Dehaes (Lotto-Belisol) leads an eight-man break

Belgium's Kenny Dehaes (Lotto-Belisol) leads an eight-man break (Image credit: AFP)
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Tom Boonen at the start of Paris-Roubaix

Tom Boonen at the start of Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: AFP)
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John Degenkolb at the start of Paris-Roubaix

John Degenkolb at the start of Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: AFP)
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Fabian Cancellara at the start of Paris-Roubaix

Fabian Cancellara at the start of Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: AFP)
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Britain's David Millar (Garmin-Sharp) rides in the pack (C) through a cobblestoned section

Britain's David Millar (Garmin-Sharp) rides in the pack (C) through a cobblestoned section (Image credit: AFP)

Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) won his first ever Paris-Roubaix after a late solo attack took him clear of a group that included all the race favourites.

The Dutchman took advantage as the other riders controlled each other after a nervous, tiring race in dry conditions and carved out a winning margin that allowed him cross the line alone and let a roar of celebration. John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) won the sprint finish for second place, some 20 seconds behind Terpstra. Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) was third.

Terpstra attacked after the final sector of pave with six kilometres to go. Other riders hesitated in the headwind and so Terpstra got a gap and never looked back.

"For me it’s the most beautiful classic of the year. It's a dream to win this. It was the big goal I was aiming for and I did it." Terpstra said after lifting the winner's cobble stone prize.

We had Tom in the front group but the directeur sportif said it was good to do some attacks. I went after the cobbled section and it was the good one."

Fabian Cancellara was proud of his podium place. "I'm tried and I'm disappointed. I race to win but it didn’t go how I'd hoped," he said.

How it happened

Around ten o'clock on Sunday morning 199 riders gathered in the Place Général de Gaulle in Compiègne for the start of the 112th edition of Paris-Roubaix.

It was a very chilly morning in Compiègne but few riders were wearing additional gear as they knew they would get warm real soon. At 10:15 the bunch got underway with Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing), Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) and Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) and his strong teammates as top favourites on a course that would face mainly a headwind on their way to Roubaix.

After strolling through the streets of Compiègne the peloton passed the official start point at 20:25 in the outskirts of town. After three kilometres of racing a group of eight riders managed to get away and soon after the peloton sat up happy to let the race settle into a usual scenario.

The eight leaders were John Murphy (United Healthcare), Kenny de Haes (Lotto Belisol), Andreas Schillinger (NetApp-Endura), Clément Koretzky and Benoit Jarrier (Bretagne-Seche Environement), David Boucher (FDJ.fr), Tim De Troyer (Wanty-Groupe Robert) and Michael Kolar (Tinkoff-Saxo). The eight attackers worked well together and in one hour of racing they opened a lead of nine minutes over the peloton with Omega Pharma-QuickStep, Belkin, Trek Factory Racing and Katusha setting the pace at the front of the peloton.

When approaching the first pavé sectors after 97.5km of racing the gap began to drop. The first zone started in Troisvilles. It is sector number 28, meaning there were 27 more sectors to cover during the 157km race.

After three dusty sectors Tom Boonen was spotted at the back with what must have been his first flat tyre in all his Paris-Roubaix participations. Soon after Arnaud Démare (FDJ.fr) flatted too. Both riders easily returned in the peloton but it was a sign of a tense, tactical race.

A little later Démare was among some riders who went down in what must have been the first crash of the day during sector 24 of cobbles. All the riders were able to continue their race and by the time the peloton got through sector 20 at 115km from the finish, the gap was down to nearly six minutes.

Near Denain, it became clear the peloton was getting nervous. The speed increased and so did the crashes and mechanicals. First Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) flatted. When he returned to the peloton a serious crash had just occurred under a bridge where steel poles separated the road from the sidewalk. Among the victims was outsider Alexander Kristoff (Katusha). Peter Sagan (Cannondale) flatted too. He faced a hard time to get back to the front of the peloton before the Forest of Arenberg with its famous Trouée d'Arenberg which was just ten kilometres away.

Team Sky lead the peloton on the final section of road before the Trouée, as speeds touched 60km/h on the slightly down approach to the long section of cobbles through the trees. In the front group Boucher flatted just before entering the forest and once in the forest Koretzky and De Haes flatted too while Kolar got dropped. Only Schillinger, Murphy, De Troyer and Jarrier remained in break of the day.

The peloton entered the Forest of Arenberg 4:20 after the leaders, led by Björn Leukemans (Wanty-Groupe Robert). In contrast to other years there were few incidents, although Kristoff flatted halfway the long stretch as did Gregory Rast (Trek Factory Racing) who threw his bike away in anger.

The peloton didn't make up a lot of time on the four remaining leaders in the Forest and the big favourites remained composed and in control. However Kristoff was riding behind a second peloton and a little later the Norwegian flatted again putting him out of contention. Boucher nearly caught back up with the four leaders but then was forced to stop at a railway crossing. Trains and level crossing are also part of what makes Paris-Roubaix so special.

The Roulston crash changes the race

The real action started early in the peloton when Hayden Roulston (Trek Factory Racing) hopped off the sidewalk just before sector 16. He crashed heavily and took down a lot of riders with him. His team leader Fabian Cancellara was also blocked by the crash and was caught in the second half of the peloton. It was the first real turning point in the race.

The Omega Pharma-QuickStep led the peloton over sector 16 of pave in Hornaing à Wandignies. It is 3.7km long sector and rated at four stars, and forced Cancellara to chase. Sagan was spotted in trouble at the back of the peloton and the bunch split in several parts as the cobbles and strong winds took their toll.

A group led by a strong Thor Hushovd (BMC) powered away but their effort was quickly neutralized by Omega Pharma-QuickStep once off the cobbles. On sector 15 Hushovd attacked a second time as the race refused to settle into a logical pattern.

In front there were only three riders left as Murphy was caught back by the peloton at the feed zone. They had about a minute on the peloton but a whole new race was about to begin.

After leaving sector 14 in Tilloy à Sars-et-Rosières, attacks kept flying with Sagan still riding at the back of the peloton and Cancellara still off the pace. A group including Bert De Backer (Giant-Shimano), Maarten Tjallingii (Belkin), Mathieu Ladagnous (FDJ.fr), Yannick Martinez (Europcar) and Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) sneaked away and on sector 13 in Beuvry-la-Forêt à Orchies, Boonen launched a solo counter-attack. He quickly bridged up with to group and put his cards on the table. Was he riding to win, in a show of strength, or playing a team game.

Boonen's frustration at a lack of support and hard work from the other riders in the move indicated he believed he had a chance of victory. On sector 12 in Orchies, Boonen once again accelerated trying to reduce the numbers in the lead group. Five other riders survived the cut. They were Thomas, De Backer, Martinez, Ladagnous. However behind BMC was well organised and brought the peloton back to a handful of seconds just before sector 11.

Boonen accelerated once again and this time only De Backer, Martinez and Thomas were able to keep up. Hushovd accelerated in the peloton and bridged up to the four leaders. Once off sector 11 in Auchy-lez-Orchies à Bersée, the peloton were on the verge of catching the Boonen group but then they eased up. BMC was no longer doing the work and with several big teams represented, no other team wanted to take the initiative.

On a knife edge

The six-rider attack had a gap of 50 seconds at 40km to go from finish and the race was on a knife edge, ready to go either way. Boonen tried to go alone or at least split the break several times but did not have the power to stay clear.

Peter Sagan had a difficult race but did not lack courage and did not want allow Boonen to stay away and set up victory. After making the selection despite being at the back of the main group on several sectors, he attacked at 35km to go with Maarten Wynants (Belkin). For a while the two were stick in the middle but eventually caught Boonen's group with 22km to go.

Behind the chasers were also active and within reach of the attack. Sep Vanmarcke had two Belkin teammates up front but was the team's leader and attacked with Cancellara on the legendary Camphin-en-Pévèle sector. They quickly got across to the Boonen group, reopening the race. However Sagan had attacked alone, in a youthful and hopeful attempt at lone victory. He got a gap and never eased up but a 25-rider peloton could see him up the road.

The 2.1km long Carrefour de l’Arbre sector of pave often decides Paris-Roubaix. This time Vanmarcke, Cancellara Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) and Degenkolb got clear and managed to close the gap on Sagan, who had gone into the red in his solo move.

However this was not to be the decisive move. Behind Terpstra tried to drag Boonen back into contention and Wiggins and Thomas teamed up to help the chase. Sebastian Langeveld (Garmin-Sharp) was also there and they caught Cancellara & Co before the final Willems à Hem sector of pave. There was suddenly 11 riders in the front group, all with a chance of victory.

A group sprint in the velodrome?

A big group sprinting for victory has not been seen for years but Degenkolb believed in is chances and got teammate Bert De Backer to set a hard pace on the pave.

There was seven kilometres on road left to race and Terpstra took advantage of the moment. Omega Pharma-QuickStep also had Stybar and a very tired Boonen in the move and so could afford to play a card. The Dutch track specialist and fine time trialist jumped from near the back of the peloton and was quickly up to speed and quickly opened a gap.

The other riders hesitated for a vital few seconds in the headwind and Terpstra was away. He quickly opened a 15-second gap and never looked back. He handed the final symbolic sector of pave with ease and then entered the velodrome alone, with a roar from the packed crowd. He completed his lap and a half at a steady speed and then celebrated with a loud roar and with some emotional arm waving. He has learned how to ride the Classics at Omega Pharma-QuickStep in recent years and has stepped up to take the biggest victory of his career.

Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team6:09:01
2John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano0:00:20
3Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing
4Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
5Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
6Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale
7Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky
8Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Garmin Sharp
9Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky
10Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
11Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano0:00:26
12Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:47
13Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky
14Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
15Björn Leukemans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
16Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
17Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
18Jos van Emden (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
19Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team0:01:05
20Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
21Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky
22Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
23Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
24Yannick Martinez (Fra) Team Europcar
25Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge
26Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
27Steve Chainel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
28Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:55
29Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
30Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team
31Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky
32Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr
33Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
34Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team
35Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo
36Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale
37Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team0:02:59
38Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin Sharp
39Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
40Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
41Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:04:14
42Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale0:05:48
43Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar0:06:42
44Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling
45Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
46Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R La Mondiale
47Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale
48Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement0:06:44
49Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
50Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida
51Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
52Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:07:06
53Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
54Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team
55Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
56Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp - Endura
57Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha
58Stig Broeckx (Bel) Lotto Belisol
59Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ.fr
60Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
61Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team
62Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling
63Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team NetApp - Endura
64Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Garmin Sharp
65Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky
66Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp - Endura
67Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin Sharp
68Stijn Steels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
69Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Giant-Shimano
70Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
71Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
72Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale
73Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
74Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha
75Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:07:22
76Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:07:51
77Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team0:09:55
78Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
79James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
80Andrea Francesco Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida
81Martijn Maaskant (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
82Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
83Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
84Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
85Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
86Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha
87Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale
88William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.fr
89Nicki Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
90Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
91Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling
92Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha
93Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura
94Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek Factory Racing
95Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
96Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team
97Tim De Troyer (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
98Marko Kump (Slo) Tinkoff-Saxo
99Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory Racing0:10:08
100Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano0:13:16
101Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale0:13:42
102Clément Koretzky (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
103Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
104Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
105Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin Sharp
106Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
107Edward Theuns (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
108Yves Lampaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
109Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol
110Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:16:14
111Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ.fr0:16:22
112Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky
113David Millar (GBr) Garmin Sharp0:16:40
114Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing0:18:37
115Sébastien Hinault (Fra) IAM Cycling0:18:39
116Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
117Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Sky
118Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEdge
119Dominic Klemme (Ger) IAM Cycling
120Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing
121John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:18:54
122Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
123Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
124Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team
125Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin Sharp
126Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha
127Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:22:04
128Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
129Vegard Breen (Nor) Lotto Belisol
130Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:22:08
131Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp - Endura0:27:42
132Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:27:46
133Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
134Sam Bennett (Irl) Team NetApp - Endura
135Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
136Rudiger Selig (Ger) Team Katusha
137Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
138Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
139Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
140Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
141Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo
142Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale
143Ralf Matzka (Ger) Team NetApp - Endura
144Bradley White (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
DNFBjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar
DNFDayer Uberney Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team
DNFJuan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Movistar Team
DNFJesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team
DNFJosé Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team
DNFAlex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team
DNFJérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling
DNFEvan Huffman (USA) Astana Pro Team
DNFMarcel Aregger (Swi) IAM Cycling
DNFVegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
DNFYohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar
DNFJimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Team Europcar
DNFMatteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling
DNFArman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
DNFManuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
DNFJesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
DNFChristophe Laborie (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
DNFBenjamin Le Montagner (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
DNFKenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNFFrederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNFSam Bewley (NZl) Orica GreenEdge
DNFGert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNFCyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNFLouis Verhelst (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNFTim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNFAntoine Duchesne (Can) Team Europcar
DNFErwann Corbel (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
DNFFabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale
DNFMichael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team NetApp - Endura
DNFHayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing
DNFIljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
DNFNikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
DNFSilvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team
DNFAidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica GreenEdge
DNFAliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Team Katusha
DNFLloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFLasse Norman Hansen (Den) Garmin Sharp
DNFDavid Boucher (Fra) FDJ.fr
DNFMickael Delage (Fra) FDJ.fr
DNFAlexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha
DNFEdward King (USA) Cannondale
DNFJerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar
DNFNiccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida
DNFDavide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida

 

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