Paris-Roubaix – a Classic in photos

The morning after Paris-Roubaix. The dust is settling on the roads and being washed out of every crevice of those who were part of the race – or on hand to witness it – and reports are filtering. RIDE has a number of contributors in the north of France yesterday, including our ever-reliable regular photographers Yuzuru Sunada and Graham Watson.

This was a Classic edition filled with drama. And, as we work our way through the day, we’ll update this page with images and insight from Paris-Roubaix… first up: a remarkable photo from Yuzuru Sunada showing the moment when Greg Van Avermaet came crashing down, and then an image of the champion on the attack – Niki Terpstra enjoyed his finest hour on the road to Roubaix at the end of a showcase race for his Omega Pharma-Quickstep team.

 

The split second that seems to last a lifetime... Greg Van Avermaet knows what happens next but there's nothing that can be done about it. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

The split second that seems to last a lifetime… Greg Van Avermaet knows what happens next but there’s nothing that can be done about it.
Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

 

Greg Van Avermaet, the leader of BMC for Paris-Roubaix, gets a taste of the pavé. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

Greg Van Avermaet, the leader of BMC for Paris-Roubaix, gets a taste of the pavé
Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

 

Welcome to hell...  Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

Welcome to hell…
Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

 

The winner of Paris-Roubaix 2014, Mr Niki Terpstra. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

The winner of Paris-Roubaix 2014, Mr Niki Terpstra.
Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

 

Wiggo and Cancellara...  Photo: Graham Watson

Wiggo and Cancellara…
Photo: Graham Watson

 

It's all about cooperation amongst chaos... Photo: Graham Watson

It’s all about cooperation amongst chaos…
Photo: Graham Watson

 

A moment of introspection... Mathew Hayman. Photo: Graham Watson

A moment of introspection… Mathew Hayman.
Photo: Graham Watson

 

Vanmarcke was one who opted for an extra lever... Photo: Graham Watson

Vanmarcke was one who opted for an extra lever…
Photo: Graham Watson

 

It looks refreshing... but it's difficult to drink a cardboard cut-out of a big beer. Photo: Graham Watson

It looks refreshing… but it’s difficult to drink a cardboard cut-out of a big beer.
Photo: Graham Watson

 

Gritting teeth... and holding onto the drink amidst the chaos. Photo: Graham Watson

Gritting teeth… and holding onto the drink amidst the chaos.
Photo: Graham Watson

 

Blaz Jarc and Vyacheslav Kuznetsov get familiar with the pavé. Photo: Graham Watson

Blaz Jarc and Vyacheslav Kuznetsov get familiar with the pavé.
Photo: Graham Watson

 

Photo: Graham Watson

Photo: Graham Watson

 

Photo: Graham Watson

Photo: Graham Watson

 

Niki Terpstra... Retro shades and a very large rock.  Photo: Graham Watson

Niki Terpstra… Retro shades and a very large rock.
Photo: Graham Watson

 

 

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 For more from the roadside of the 111th edition of Paris-Roubaix, see Wei Yuet Wong’s gallery from Sunday.

Author: rob@ride

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