Niki Terpstra wins Paris-Roubaix
Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Niki Terpstra won the biggest race of his career — the most prestigious monument of cycling — in commanding fashion. He earned a Paris-Roubaix solo victory on Sunday.
With three OPQS riders in an 11 rider select group approaching 6 kilometers to go, including Tom Boonen and Zdenek Stybar, Terpstra decided to take matters into his own hands. The group included almost all of the race favorites including Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing), Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin ProCycling), and Peter Sagan (Cannondale).
It looked to be very close in the final kilometers. Terpstra’s gap was down to less than 9″ inside 4.5km to go. However, Terpstra’s teammates helped to control the pace of the chasing group behind, and he continued to go full gas. As a result of his fantastic effort on a perfectly timed attack, he reached the Roubaix velodrome with a gap between 16 and 20 seconds.
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