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Terpstra wins Paris-Roubaix race
Dutchman Niki Terpstra wins Paris-Roubaix for first time after upstaging Boonen and Cancellara
Associated Press
2014-04-13 11:22 PM

ROUBAIX, France (AP) -- Niki Terpstra of the Netherlands won the Paris-Roubaix race for the first time on Sunday, making a decisive break near the end of the one-day classic to win it by 20 seconds and upstage pre-race favorites Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara.

Belgian rider Boonen was looking to win the race for a record fifth time, and the Swiss star Cancellara, who finished in third place, for a fourth time.

Terpstra outwitted his Omega Pharma-QuickStep teammate Boonen after pulling ahead with about six kilometers (3.7 miles) remaining. Known as the "hell of the north" because it is so grueling, the race features about 50 kilometers (31 miles) of cobblestone sections along the 257-kilometer (160-mile) route.

German rider John Degenkolb finished second after beating Cancellara in a sprint to the line.

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