Terpstra Wins Paris-Roubaix

Surprise victory at famous road race

Omega Pharma team cyclist Niki Terpstra of the Netherlands in action to win the 112th edition of the Paris-Roubaix cycling classic, a 257 kilometer (159.69 mile) one day race, of which 51.1 kilometers (31.7 miles) are run on cobblestones, at the velodrome in Roubaix, northern France, on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Germany's John Degenkolb of the team Giant came second and Fabian Cancellara of the Trek Factory team took third. (AP Photo/Bernard Papon, Pool) (AP)
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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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