Terpstra Wins Paris-Roubaix

Surprise victory at famous road race

Niki Terpstra on his way to victory at Paris-Roubaix on Sunday.     Photo: Bernard Papon/Associated Press

Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) powered away from an elite group of favorites to win his first-ever Paris-Roubaix on Sunday.

It's a surprise victory for the Dutchman, who had to slip clear of a breakaway that included top contenders such as Tom Boonen, Peter Sagan, and Fabian Cancellara. Defending champion Cancellara finished third in the cobbled classic. 

"To take the win in the biggest classic of all is a dream come true," Terpstra told VeloNews. "It's a race that suits me well. My shape this year was really good, so I was motivated for a good result. The team was good in the end."

Bradley Wiggins of Team Sky took ninth place, while Taylor Phinney of BMC Racing finished in 30th.

This is the 112th edition of the Paris-Roubaix cycling classic, a 160-mile one-day road race through northern France. More than 30 miles of the course are over cobblestones.

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