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A few days after Boonen’s victory, the photos are still rolling in from Paris-Roubaix. Despite this year’s mostly dry conditions, teams were ready with bikes for all conditions. Padded bar tape, oversized tubular tires, box section aluminum rims, and closely matched front chainrings were virtually standard equipment. Other teams took things a step further, using cyclocross bikes, cantilever brakes, bar-top brake levers, and in some cases, custom hybrid road/cyclocross frames.
Reporter Andrew Hood and photographer Graham Watson captured a few photos of team bikes just prior to the race.