Paris - Roubaix 2013 as it happened
The 254km cobbled race isn't called the 'hell of the north' for nothing - Fabian Cancellara may have won for the third time at the Queen of the Classics, but he had to ride across 27 cobbled sectors to get there. Here's a run through what happened along the way, as told through social media
- His bike may love the cobbles but Omega Pharma Quick-Step rider Zdenek Stybar seemed to have an idea of what lay ahead for him the day before the race...
- The riders begin to line up for the race start on a sunny morning in Compiegne
- With one of the favourites Tom Boonen out of the race, all the attention turned to Cancellara who is on a superb run of results following last weekend's Tour of Flanders victory and third place finish in the Milan San Remo.
- It may be dry, but it sure is dusty for the riders on the cobbles
- A 13 man breakaway are the first bunch to get a gap between themselves and the peleton in the early stages, although they only gain a gap of around 35 seconds and don't last too long
- Ian Stannard punctures - the first sign that things weren't going to go Sky's way in the race
- The first big casualty of the race is Geraint Thomas. Despite getting into a 4 man break with team mate Edvald Boassen Hagen, not long after getting caught Thomas crashes on the cobbles and gets held up with 72km to go. He gets back on his bike but can't get back into contention
- And it wasn't just the cobbles that were proving problematic for the riders. FDJ's Yoann Offredo proved that looking behind you while cycling isn't the thing to necessarily do, before crashing into a sign in the middle of the road.
- As the race passes 50km to go, a break begins to appear in the peleton. Stybar, Terpstra, Vandenbergh Gaudin, Cancellara, Van Avermaet, Eisel, Boom, Vanmarcke, Paolini, Langeveld and Flecha.
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