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Our selection of some of the top footage from yesterday's big race...

Paris-Roubaix always produces drama and spectacle, and yesterday’s 115th edition of the race, won by BMC Racing’s Greg van Avermaet, was no exception.

Here’s a round-up of some of the videos of a day when four-time winner Tom Boonen brought the curtain down on his career in what was his last ever race.

First up, here’s some inside-the-peloton footage from Velon – topped and tailed by van Avermaet and his BMC Racing team mate, Daniel Oss in confident mood before the race, and in a celebratory one afterwards.

Here’s the official highlights video … though someone had better tell the commentator that the Tour of Flanders was last week, not next Sunday, and that van Avermaet was second again.

Orica-Scott’s Mat Hayman couldn’t repeat his success of 2016 … but at least he found a shower cubicle with his name on it.

Here’s footage of perhaps the most spectacular crash yesterday, still with 150 kilometres to go. The spectator top-right with the yellow Flanders flag seems oblivious to the carnage unfolding behind them.

And finally … here’s a reminder of those wins down the years by Boonen, described by the commentator as he crosses the line to take his fourth victory in 2012 as “Monsieur Paris-Roubaix.”

He was certainly popular at the team bus in Compiegne before the start of the race.

 

 

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.