RadioShack Leopard’s Fabian Cancellara won the breathtaking sprint ahead of Sep Vanmarcke of Blanco and got his third Paris-Roubaix title of his career. Cancellara showed impressive performance so far in the spring classics, winning Ronde van Vlaanderen and E3 Harelbeke.
There was a 13-rider breakaway early in the day but got caught by the surging peloton pretty early which led to a new break to form, likewise got caught after an hour of attacking. But this escape and chase efforts thinned the peloton to 40-odd riders quite early in the race and finally a leading group shaped in the front with 13 riders and 25 kilometers to go.
Sep Vanmarcke and Stijn Vandenbergh attacked within the group and extended their lead to 40 seconds but Cancellara increased the pace with Zdenak Stybar on his backwheel and regrouped with the front duo. But on the cobbled sectors, Vanderbergh and Stybar crashed one after the other, Cancellara and Vanmarcke taking the lead under the 10 km banner.
They entered the Roubaix velodrome together, Vanmarcke led out the sprint but Cancellara was more calm and strong in the final meters and won his third Roubaix title and his second Flanders / Roubaix double.
Omega Pharma QuickStep’s Niki Terpstra sealed the final place on the podium by winning the sprint amongst the chasing group.
Final 4 kilometers:
Paris-Roubaix 2013 Results:
1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Leopard 5:45:33
2. Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team Blanco
3. Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma – Quick Step 31″
4. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC
5. Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar
6. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma Quick Step 39″
7. Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge
8. Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM
9. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 50″
10. Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar
Omega Pharma QuickStep’s French time-trial champion Sylvain Chavanel won the penultimate time-trial and took the overall victory in Driedaagse de Panne, identical to last year’s race. Chavanel completed the 14.75km windy and quite technical course in 18:02, 19 seconds faster than longtime stage-leader Anton Vorobyev of Katusha. Vacansoleil’s Lieuwe Westra was third, another two seconds back.
Chavanel was in 4th position after Stage 3a, Alexander Kristoff leading by 10 seconds thanks to the time bonuses he collected in Stage 1 and today’s Stage 3a victory. Kristoff couldn’t defend his lead but moved only one step on the podium, finishing second in the overall standings. Niki Terpstra, 5th in the time-trial stage was the second OPQS rider on the podium. Kristoff also led the points classification ahead of Arnaud Demare and Elia Viviani.
Stage 3a Final Kilometers
Stage 3b Final Riders
Final General Classification
1. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 12:34:28
2. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha 22″
3. Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 31″
4. Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ 32″
5. Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 38″
6. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 51″
7. Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 52″
8. David Boucher (Fra) FDJ 57″
9. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 58″
10. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1′ 06″
The Slovakian champion Peter Sagan once again demonstrated his incredible Spring form with a sprint victory in the opening stage of Driedaagse De Panne (Three Days of De Panne). Arnaud Demare of FDJ was second and Katusha’s Alexander Kristoff came third.
Peter Sagan attacked the peloton as the riders were heading into the race’s final climb, the Eikenmolen, joined by 9 more other riders including Sylvain Chavanel and Niki Terpstra from Omega Pharma-Quick Step, Vini Fantini’s Oscar Gatto and Jerome Cousin from Europcar. And with 2km to go, the escapees held a 12-second gap over the bunch.
Alexander Kristoff launched the downhill sprint with 500 meters to go. Sagan jumped on his wheel as Demare closed on the Slovak, but Sagan took the win by a tire width in photo finish.
Driedaagse De Panne 2013 Stage 1 Results
1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 5:00:27
2. Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ
3. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha
4. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
5. Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia
6. Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
7. Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Crelan-Euphony
8. Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar
9. Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida
10. Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ