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Gallery: Paris-Roubaix 2017

Cyclist magazine
11 Apr 2017

A gallery from the French l'Equipe archive documenting Greg Van Avermaet's win at the 2017 Paris-Roubaix

All images courtesy of Offside/l'Equipe 

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) won the 2017 Paris-Roubaix on Sunday after a hot, dusty, record-breakingly fast edition of the Queen of the Classics. 

While the cobbles remained dry, the unseasonable heat and a obligatory Roubaix crashes turned the race into a war of attrition, with all of the favourites having to deal with a range of mishaps on the way to the velodrome. 

As well as the final instalment of the cobbled Classics season, the race was the last as a professional for Tom Boonen, but despite the will of the entire cycling world, he wasn't able to make it into the group that would eventually contest the win - later finishing 13th.

It was the Belgian Van Avermaet who eventually emerged as the victor, after breaking away with Sebastian Langeveld (Cannondale-Drapac) and Zdenek Zybar (Quickstep Floors) before outsprinting them to the line. 

In this gallery, courtesy of the French newspaper l'Equipe, we take a look back at a race that served as Tom Boonen's last, and a Monument that confirmed Van Avermaet as a modern day Classics superstar.

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