Terpstra wins Paris-Roubaix with late solo attackDegenkolb wins sprint for second, Cancellara third
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.
"This is the 12th time on the podium in a monument. I'm judge on if I win but third isn’t bad either. I spent a lot to get back on after my problems. We all spend I suppose and I just did what I could. I thought the four-rider attack was good but it didn’t work and Niki got away."
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