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Roubaix Photo Essay: High-speed Hell of the North

Setting a new record for fastest average speed, Greg Van Avermaet won a dusty, hard edition of Paris-Roubaix, his first ever.
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Tom Boonen fans were out in force wishing a record fifth victory to the Belgian legend. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
A relaxed and smiling Greg Van Avermaet signed on at the start in Compiégne. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Tom Boonen signed on at the start in Compiegne for one last time. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
The media scrum was massive as Tom Boonen tried to make his way to the start line for rider staging. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Defending champion Mathew Hayman at the start in Compiegne. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
John Degenkolb, in his new Trek-Segafredo colors, took a moment to himself among the start line chaos. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
The peloton rolled out of Compiegne for the start of the 2017 Paris-Roubaix. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
The peloton left Compiegne under sunny skies and little to no wind. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
A saucisson in Troisville has become a long-standing tradition among all the photographers before the race hits the first cobbles of the day. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Drinks and live race TV kept fans patient inside a local tavern in the village of Troisville. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
It’s a race dominated by Belgians but the race is French and they’re proud of it. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Tom Boonen was positioned near the front on the first sector of cobbles at Troisvilles. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
The big bunch was all together through sector 29 at Troisvilles. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
The unmistakeable cloud of dust kicked up by the peloton signified the arrival of the race at sector 26 in Viesly to Briastre. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
The tailwind conditions made for a fast race with the peloton flying over the cobbled sectors. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
The fast pace and nervous energy led to multiple pile-ups in the early sectors. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
The peloton formed three long lines along sector 23 from Verchain-Maugré to Quérénaing. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
On sector 22 from Quérénaing to Maing, the peloton was in a sea of golden mustard blossoms. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
A classic sight is that of the mechanics holding spare wheels high for the riders along the route of Paris-Roubaix. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
With flags waving, the main bunch hit the forest of Arenberg. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Matteo Trentin led Peter Sagan out of the Trouée d’Arenberg in control of the race. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Jasper Stuyven and Daniel Oss escaped the bunch on sector 16 from Warlaing to Brillon. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Zdenek Stybar and Tom Boonen pursued the two escapees in Warlaing. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Peter Sagan was the first through the early part of sector 15 at Tilloy to Sars-et-Rosières. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Tom Boonen and the remaining peloton chased the escapees onto sector 13 at Orchies. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
It wouldn’t be Paris-Roubaix without some Flemish flags and a couple of cow costumes. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Jasper Stuyven was showing his promise for the future with a ride that made the others take notice. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Tom Boonen was still in the mix at Mons-en-Pévèle. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Greg Van Avermaet emerged at Pont-Thibaut to Ennevelin as Paris-Roubaix 2017 neared the closing and pivotal sectors of the route. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Tom Boonen was among the favorites in sector 9 at Pont-Thibaut to Ennevelin. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Daniel Oss was still in front at sector 7, forcing the other favorites to work. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Young Belgian talent Jasper Stuyven rode an aggressive race all day. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Sebastian Langeveld showed renewed form and confidence in this year’s race. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Fans were out to wish Tom well and say goodbye. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Dust was the story of the day and an unseasonably dry streak before the race made conditions even more challenging. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Greg Van Avermaet and Zdenek Stybar applied the pressure to the lead group in the Carrefour de l’Arbre in 2017. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
John Degenkolb held fast to Tom Boonen’s wheel through the treacherous corner in the Carrefour de l’Arbre. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Peter Sagan was in arrears at the Carrefour de l’Arbre after double punctures in previous sectors. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Danny Van Den Bossche was out again as a regular fixture on the race circuit with his race-inspired accessories. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Zdenek Stybar and his breakaway group played cat-and-mouse with one full lap of racing remaining. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Tom Boonen had to settle for a bunch sprint with what was left of the peloton. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Massive crowds were out for the finale in the historic Roubaix velodrome. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Greg Van Avermaet and Zdenek Stybar sprinted it out for victory in the Roubaix velodrome. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Greg Van Avermaet took his first monument win at the 2017 Paris-Roubaix. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
The main field contested the sprint for sixth place with Tom Boonen quietly rolling across the line in 13th place. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Greg Van Averamet continued his amazing spring campaign with a brilliant victory over Zdenek Stybar and Sebastian Langeveld in Roubaix. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
The dynamic duo of Van Avermaet and Oss celebrated the biggest win of the year thus far for BMC. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
The Lotto-Soudal boys had nothing left in the tank in Roubaix. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Last year’s winner Mathew Hayman reflected on his day in the dust. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Nils Politt showed the strains and toll of 257 kilometers in the hot, dry, and dusty roads of northern France. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Dylan Van Baarle spoke with Dutch media after the finish. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Bernhard Eisel grimaced as his whole body screamed out in the velodrome of Roubaix. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Luka Mezgec showed what nearly six hours on the bike mixed with cobblestones will do to your hands. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
The podium of the 2017 Paris-Roubaix. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
Photo Essay: 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Greg Van Avermaet took home the biggest cobble as the winner of the 2017 Paris-Roubaix. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com