John Degenkolb (TGA) doubly made history when he became the first German since Josef Fischer in1896 to win the Queen of Classics and the first man since Sean Kelly in 1986 to achieve the Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix double in the same year. A frustrated second in 2014, the Giant Alpecin team leader made the right move at the right time to finally outsprint the magnificent seven left in contention on the Roubaix velodrome and snatch his third major classic after Paris-Tours in 2013 and...read more
"It was difficult. I knew John was one of the fastest guys in all the bunch, and it would be very hard to beat him. But after such a hard race, you never know. I was hoping he would be tired but everyone was on their knees. It was a matter of who gets something left. I just couldn't beat him today. Congrats to him. There was a chance to attack in the finale and it was probably the only time to beat John. But I couldn't. I think we (Etixx Quick Step) were very competitive in every race....read more
"San Remo was already emotional but this is topping everything. This is the race I always dreamt of winning. I had to work very hard for it. My team worked the whole day to hold the situation under control until I could start. We knew it was going to be hard and that a big group would make it to the finish. I really did not want to find myself in the same situation as last year . I was in a situation where I had to go, I had to invent something. I was not afraid to fail and that was the key....read more
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|16:39||Top five placings|
1. John Degenkolb (Germany, TGA)
|16:33||Degenkolb wins Paris-Roubaix|
Germany's John Degenkolb (TGA) wins Paris-Roubaix ahead of Zdenek Sybar (EQS) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC).
|16:32||Seven in the lead|
Seven battle it out for the victory on the velodrome: Lars Boom (AST), Martin Elmiger (IAM), Jens Keukeliere (OGE), Zdenek Stybar (EQS) , Yves Lampaert (LTS), Greg Van AVermaet and John Degenkolb (TGA)
Two kilometres to go and Wiggins also raised the tempo to try and chase down the gang of four.
|16:29||Four in the lead|
Zdenek Stybar (EQS) joins John Degenkolb (TGA), Yves Lampaert (EQS) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) in the lead.
Four riders are chasing behind the three with 4 kms to go: Lars Boom (AST), Martin Elmiger (IAM), Jens Keukeleire (OGE) and Zdenek Stybar (EQS).
|16:23||Degenkolb back on the two|
John Degenkolb (TGA), last year's runner-up, bravely chased behind Van Avermaet and Lampaert and he joins the two Belgians with 7 kms to go.
|16:20||Degenkolb and De Backer chase|
John Degenkolb (TGA), second last year, is chasing with team-mate Bet de Backer behind Van Avermaet and Lampaert.
|16:18||Lampaert and Van Avermaet in the lead|
Yves Lampaert (EQX) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) attacked together and took the group off their guard (12 kms to go)
Lars Boom (AST) attacks as Jurgen Roelandts (LTS) is caught with 14 kms to go.
|16:12||15 kms to go...|
... and Jurgen Roelandts (LTS) keeps a slim lead over Borut Bozic (AST) with Niki Terpstra (EQS) and John Degenkolb (TGA) among the most active at the front of the pack.
|16:10||Still in contention|
The group of favourites notably includes Alexander Kristoff, Peter Sagan, John Degenkolb, Bradley Wiggins, Zdenek Stybar, Niki Terpstra, Sep Vanmarcke, Greg Van Avermaet, Lars Boom and Ian Stannard.
|16:07||Roelandts alone in the lead|
The former Belgian champion dropped Bozic and leads the pack by 10 seconds.
|16:06||Bozic and Roelandts atatck|
Borut Bosic (AST) and Jurgen Roelandts (LTS) attacked with 20 kms to go.
Sep Vanmarcke (TLJ) raised the tempo as the group of favourites catch the last four escapees except Gougeard, who insists.
|15:56||Gap down to 20 seconds|
Only four men left in the lead as Tim Declercq (TSV) has been dropped. Rast, Saramotins, Gougeard and Backaert hold a slim 20 seconds lead over the pack (25 kms to go).
The Wiggins group were caught with 28 kms to go and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) moved on the junction.
Wiggins (SKY) and Vandenbergh (EQS) are now joined by Zdenek Stybar (EQS) and Jens Debusschere (LTS) in the chase behind the break.
As the peloton regrouped, Bradley Wiggins (SKY) attacked on his own with 22 km to go to join Stijn Vandenbergh (EQS).
|15:46||Four move from the peloton|
Ramon Sinkeldam (TGA), Maarten Wynants (TLJ), Manuel Quinziato (BMC) and Belgian champion Jens
|15:42||35kms to go...|
... and the five lead Stijn Vandenbergh (EQS) by 50 seconds and the peloton by 1:10.
|15:40||Puncture for Demare|
French champion Arnaud Demare (FDJ) flatted in sector 9 with 40 kms to go.
|15:38||40 kms to go...|
... and Gregory Rast (FR), Alexis Gougeard (ALM), Aleksejs Saramotins (IAM), Tim Declercq (TSV) and Frederik Backaert (WGG) lead Stijn Vandenbergh (EQS) and the peloton by 1:10.
|15:35||FDJ chase behind Vandenbergh|
Yoann Offredo is leading the peloton's chase behind Vandenbergh with French champion Arnaud Demare on his heels.
Stijn Vandenbergh (EQS) surges at the front of the pack and goes.
|15:28||Five in the lead|
Adam Blythe (OGE) and Ralf Matzka (BOA) are being dropped by the breakaway group in the Mons-en-Pevele sector.
|15:24||The break in sector 10|
The seven escapees are into the ill-famed Mons-en-Pevele cobbled sector with a 1:40 lead over a nervous peloton, still comprising some 60 riders.
|15:20||Van Summeren and Breschel crash|
2011 winner Johan Van Summeren (ALM) crashed with Matti Breschel (BMC).
Peter Sagan (TCS) attacks in sector 11, but Alexander Kristoff (KAT) is keeping a close watch.
|15:15||200 kms covered|
And the seven escapees lead the peloton by just over two minutes. A group of six riders broke from the peloton but only lead the back by a few hundred meters for now.
|15:10||Another acceleration by Etixx|
Yves Lampaert, Stijn Vandenbergh and Guillaume van Keirsbuck keep working extremely hard at the front of the bunch in sector 12 in Orchies for their leaders Niki Tersptra and Zdenek Stybar.
|15:05||Gap under three minutes|
60 kms to go for the seven escapees, who lost Pierre-Luc Perichon (BSE) after a puncture. The break lead the peloton by less than three minutes.
65 kms to go and Etixx still lead the regrouped bunch with Stijn Vandenbergh and Yves Lampaert. If it is any indication of the current form of the favourites, Peter Sagan (TCS), John Degenkolb (TGA), Ian Stannard (SKY) and Lars Boom (AST) were among the other riders in the front group when the pack split.
Km 190 - Five Etixx Quick Step riders raised the tempo with the help of sidewind in sector 13 and seriously split the main bunch. Stijn Vandenbergh is leading the way and among the riders dropped for now are Alexander Kristoff and Bradley Wiggins.
|14:52||Etixx Quick Step still lead the peloton|
Niki Terpstra's team-mates are lined up at the front of the pack, some four minutes behind the break, who saw Backaert make it back after his puncture.
Geraint Thomas (SKY) is still incapable of making it back inside the main pack. His chances look seriously hampered now after his crash and two punctures.
The average speed in the fourth hour of the race was 40.6 kph for an overall speed of 44.4 kph.
|14:46||Seven in the lead|
Punctures forced Sean de Bie (LTS) and Frederik Backaert (WGG) out of the breakaway group. Seven riders are now in the lead: Gregory Rast (FR), Adam Blythe (OGE), Alexis Gougeard (ALM), Aleksejs Saramotins (IAM), Pierre-Luc Perichon (BSE), Tim Declercq (TSV) and Ralf Matzka (BOA).
|14:41||Etixx Quick Step set the pace|
Etixx Quick Step raised the tempo on sector 16 and stretched the bunch without any consequence yet.
|14:37||Greipel leads the bunch|
Already seen working hard in Flanders a week ago, Andre Greipel (LTS) is leading the pack in sector 16. Title-holder Niki Terpstra is not far behind.
Km 164 - Hard luck continues for Geraint Thomas who hit a kerb and crashed. He was quickly back on his bike, but after two punctures looks really jinxed.
|14:29||Peloton waits for the delayed riders|
The front part of the peloton was neutralised by a race motorcycle to wait for the half of the bunch halted at the railway crossing.
|14:27||Peloton split by a railway crossing|
French champion Arnaud Demare (FDJ) almost hit the fence at a railway crossing and was one of the last riders to cross as the peloton was split when a train ran past.
The peloton split in several groups on the Arenberg trench. Bradley Wiggins was in a second group who just managed to make it back on the flat (Km 162).
|14:20||Haussler now takes the reins|
Australian champion Heinrich Haussler (IAM) led the bunch out of Arenberg 5:40 behind the escapees. His team-mate Sylvain Chavanel was among the riders dropped on the trench.
|14:17||Van Avermaet leads the chase|
Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), third in the Tour of Flanders last Sunday, is leading the peloton in the trench.
|14:16||The peloton on Arenberg|
The pack, led by Lotto Soudal riders, tackled the Arenberg Trench with a 5:50 deficit on the breakaway.
|14:13||Saramotins in the lead|
Aleksejs Saramotins (IAM) attacked on Arenberg and is now alone in the front, leading his former breakaway companions by some 30 metres.
|14:11||De Bie flatted|
Sean De Bie (LTS) punctured and is dropped on the Arenberg Trench.
|14:10||The break in Arenberg|
Gregory Rast (FR), Adam Blythe (OGE), Alexis Gougeard (ALM), Sean De Bie (LTS), Aleksejs Saramotins (IAM), Pierre-Luc Perichon (BSE), Tim Declercq (TSV), Frederik Backaert (WGG) and Ralf Matzka (BOA) are in the Arenberg Trench (km 158).
|14:07||Westra crashes again|
Second fall of the day for Lieuwe Westra (AST), involved in a crash with three other riders, including Giovanni Bernaudeau (EUC).
|14:05||Geraint Thomas punctured|
Flat tyre for the Welshman, who punctures for the second time shortly before cobbled sector number 19 (km 149)
|13:59||Gap up again|
The nine escapees are on sector 19, the last before the Arenberg trench, with a 6:50 lead over the peloton who eased off a bit, allowing some dropped riders like Yoan Offredo, Tyler Farrar or Davide Cimolai to make it back in the bunch.
|13:50||And another puncture for Offredo|
The French FDJ rider flatted for the third time...
The average speed in the third hour of the stage was 41.2 kph for an overall average speed of 45.5 kph.
As could be feared after his crash, Stijn Devolder (TFR) has officially given up.
Flat tyre for Tim Declercq (TSV) in the leading group.
|13:38||Several crashes at the back|
Several crashes took place at the back of a fast peloton. Lieuwe Westra (AST), Adriano Malori (MOV) and Adrien Petit (COF) were among the riders to hit the tarmac.
Gregory Rast (FR), Adam Blythe (OGE), Alexis Gougeard (ALM), Sean De Bie (LTS), Aleksejs Saramotins (IAM), Pierre-Luc Perichon (BSE), Tim Declercq (TSV), Frederik Backaert (WGG) and Ralf Matzka (BOA) lead the peloton by seven minutes on sector 22 (km 130).
|13:24||Tough luck for Offredo|
France's Yoann Offredo has ben unlucky since the start. He punctured twice - including once on his way to the start - and just crashed after taking his bag at the feeding. His team-mate Matthieu Ladagnous, sick, quit at the feeding. Bad news for French champion and team leader Arnaud Demare.
|13:17||Checking Tour route?|
The cobbled sectors 25, 24 and 22 will be on the course of the Tour de France stage in the North in July.
|13:13||Matthew Hayman: «The most important race of the season for me»|
Australian Matthew Hayman is among the most experienced Paris-Roubaix riders as he is taking part in his 14th Queen of Classics. He believes experience could be an advantage.
“Experience is definitely an advantage but it can also be a disadvantage because you can tell yourself this is where this and this happened or so and so crashed or attacked and it could stop you moving, but by and large, yes it helps,” he said before the start.
“This is the most important race of the...
|13:06||Devolder injured in crash|
Trek Factory leader Stijn Devolder looked the most seriously hurt rider in the crash. He was sitting on the tarmac by his bike, looking stunned.
|13:04||Crash at the back|
Gert Steegmans (TFR) is among the many riders held by a massive pile-up at the back of the pack in sector 26.
Team Sky lead the peloton in the second cobbled sector between Viesly and Quievy with a 7:50 gap behind the nine-man break (Km 105).
|13:01||Matzka in shape|
Ralf Matzka (BOA) is in good shape in the current classics. He was already in the morning break of last weekend's Tour of Flanders.
|12:59||Demare looking for Top Five finish|
French champion Arnaud Demare changed bikes shortly before the first cobbled sector. His ambitions are real in the race this year : "What I'm hoping for is to finish in a small group at the front. On Paris-Roubaix, a top 5 or a podium would suit me, it would be part of my progression. I think it"s feasible. When I see that last year John Degenkolb finished second and that I came close to stay in their group, I tell myself it's possible. I k now that this season I can handle the distance...
|12:54||Peloton on the pavés|
The main pack, led by Team Sky riders, tackled the first cobbles eight minutes behind the nine escapees (km 98.5).
Perichon (BSE) punctured and is now 20 seconds behind his former breakaway companions.
|12:50||Mechanical for Geraint Thomas|
The Welshman is quickly brought back into the peloton by Christian Knees.
|12:47||The break on the cobbles|
The nine escapees are tackling the first cobbled sector of Troisvilles (Km 98.5) with an 8:45 lead over the main pack.
The average speed in the second hour of the race was 45.4 kph for an overall average speed of 47,9 kph.
|12:42||10 kms from the first cobbles|
Km 86 - The nine escapees are ten kilometres from the first cobbled sector and lead the peloton by 8:55.
|12:30||Gougeard a cobbles lover too|
France's Alexis Gougeard is also a cobbles expert of sorts, having finished second in the junior race in 2011 behind Florian Senechal.
|12:26||Gap nears 10 minutes|
Km 76 - The nine escapees now lead the bunch by 9:40 as the first cobbled sector is less than 30 km away.
|12:22||Gap up again|
The lead of the nine front riders goes up again to reach 8:15.
|12:19||Rast a Paris-Roubaix specialist|
Of the nine escapees, former Swiss champion Gregory Rast (TFR) is the most experienced Paris-Roubaix rider. At 35, he took part in 11 editions for a best place of 4th in 2011. He also finished 10th in 2010.
The nine escapees now lead the peloton by 5:10.
Km 62 - Gregory Rast (FR), Adam Blythe (OGE), Alexis Gougeard (ALM), Sean De Bie (LTS), Aleksejs Saramotins (IAM), Pierre-Luc Perichon (BSE), Tim Declercq (TSV), Frederik Backaert (WGG) and Ralf Matzka (BOA) lead the peloton by 2:55.
|12:01||Lavenu: «AG2R not yet a classics team»|
AG2R-La Montagne manager Vincent Lavenu admitted before the start that his team were not yet classics specialists: “On paper, we have the right line-up with a rider who won in Roubaix (Van Summeren), a rider who came second (Turgot) and another one who finished 5th (Gaudin). Still we never managed to deliver so far. We reinforced our group for the classics in the past couple of years but we have not yet found the key to win theses races. In the same time, we don't want to put any pressure...
The average speed in the first hour of the race was 50.4 kph.
|11:44||The break at kilometre 50|
Km 50 - Gregory Rast (FR), Adam Blythe (OGE), Alexis Gougeard (ALM), Sean De Bie (LTS), Aleksejs Saramotins (IAM), Pierre-Luc Perichon (BSE), Tim Declercq (TSV), Frederik Backaert (WGG) and Ralf Matzka (BOA) lead the peloton by 1:10.
|11:39||Tailwind on Arenberg|
According to race director Thierry Gouvenou, a tailwind will be blowing on the Arenberg Trench.
|11:36||Wind on the peloton|
Km 43 - A sidewind is now blowing and a few riders, including Bradley Wiggins, were temporarily dropped at the back but quickly bridged the gap.
|11:28||Nine in the lead|
Km 34 - Nine men parted with the main pack and lead the peloton by 20 seconds.
|11:18||All together again|
Km 29 - Peloton packed at full speed, nearing 60 kph.
|11:14||Split in the front|
Km 25 - A group of some 15 riders split with the peloton and lead slightly.
|11:12||Greg Van Avermaet: «Avoid a sprint»|
Fourth in Roubaix two years ago and third last week in the Tour of Flanders, Belgium's Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) said the main tactics would be to avoid a sprint involving Alexander Kristoff or John Degenkolb.
“Normally Flanders is a race that suits me better than Roubaix. But I'm in good shape and I have a good team. I guess we should avoid a sprint at all costs and that means joining the right group at the right time. That's what I hope for, to be left with a small group of...
The weather on the race is mild at 17 degrees with a slight tail breeze.
Km 14 - The peloton is still packed and riding fast.
|10:55||The four reined in|
The first move of the day was short-lived as the peloton quickly reeled in the four escapees.
|10:53||Four men in the lead|
Km 5.5 - The first attack of the day involves Alexis Gougeard (ALM), Lieuwe Westra (AST), Tom Devriendt (WGG) and Adriano Malori (MOV).
|10:48||Damien Gaudin: «I came here to win»|
AG2R-La Mondiale's Damien Gaudin is among the riders who relish Paris-Roubaix and the Frenchman, 5th in 2013, is convinced he could become the first local rider to win the race since Frederic Guesdon in1997.
“It would be good to see that change tomorrow. And honestly I would love it to be me. I showed in Flanders what a good shape I'm in and I'm starting this Paris-Roubaix to win it”, said Gaudin, who staged a long breakaway last week in the Ronde.
“Kristoff is probably...
The peloton is riding at a fast pace from the start.
The actual start was given at 10:42 to 200 riders.
In l'Equipe, absent four-times winner Tom Boonen cited his favourites for today's race: Alexander Kristoff, Geraint Thomas, John Degenkolb, Tijs Benoot, Greg Van Avermaet, Sep Vanmarcke, Stijn Devolder and of course his Etixx team-mates Niki Terpstra and Zdenek Stybar.
“(Kristoff) is full of confidence, everything works out for him. He is in an euphoric period and I can't see why he couldn't add Paris-Roubaix to his record. His team ride 100 pc behind him and he is the man to beat....
|10:33||On their way to the actual start|
The riders have left Compiegne and are now on their way to the actual start.
|10:17||Welcome to Paris-Roubaix|
Welcome to the 253.5-km 113th edition of Paris-Roubaix. Two hundred riders will start from Compiegne at 10:30 and tackle 52.7 km of cobbled sectors. The start has been delayed by ten minutes.
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