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Paris-Roubaix 2010: Fabian Cancellara blows away rivals to win second successive Classic

Fabian Cancellara has won the 108th edition of Paris-Roubaix after the Swiss added yet another Monument of cycling to his impressive palmarès.

 
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Rock and roule star: Fabian Cancellara celebrates his victory on the podium Photo: REUTERS
Fabian Cancellara - Paris-Roubaix 2010 Fabian Cancellara blows away rivals to win second successive Classic
Out of this world: Fabian Cancellara crosses the finishing line in the Roubaix Velodrome after the 29 year-old added a second Paris-Roubaix to his 2006 triumph Photo: REUTERS
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Leave them all behind: Fabian Cancellara (left) heads up the peloton ahead of Tom Boonen. The Swiss soon dropped them all with an incredible turn of gear that left the chasing pack helpless Photo: REUTERS

Cancellara, who won last week's Tour of Flanders after dropping Tom Boonen on the penultimate climb, once again, turned to his brilliant time-trialling skills as the world champion destroyed an impressive field that were simply unable to challenge the 29 year-old.

With over 40 kilometres of the 259km remaining, the Saxo Bank rider broke away from the lead group as he left a world-class field looking average.

After extending his lead to over three minutes, the chasing group - including the likes of Boonen, Thor Hushovd, Filippo Pozzato, Juan Antonio Flecha and Roger Hammond, Britain's own Classics specialist - failed to work together in an effort to reel in the Swiss, who showed little sign of faltering.

Indeed, Boonen said: "If Cancellara attacks and I can't follow him that's fair enough. But I'm really angry with the way some of the other guys rode.

"At no time did any of them try to race and some of them, including Flecha, had already resigned themselves to racing for second," added the Belgian who had hoped to equal Roger De Vlaeminck's record of four wins.

Cancellara's second victory in the Hell of the North, named due to its 27 sectors of dangerous pavé, or cobblestones, that pepper the course to make it the toughest one-day race in world cycling, has propelled the rider into a league of his own and can now comfortably be called one of the best all-rounders of the modern era.

A delighted Cancellara, following his back-to-back Classics win, said: "I knew that with my form and the way the last weeks were going I would be difficult to catch once I took a 10 metre lead, that they would be scared.

"Boonen, Flecha, Hushovd . . . I think they knew straight away they were racing for second place, and that allowed me to race my own race.

"Boonen was trying to make some breaks, so obviously I had to follow him and a couple of times I was starting to doubt myself.

"But my team car was telling me not to race his race, to race my race. That's what I did, and when I came through the Mons-en-Pévèle cobbled sector I decided I would be going all the way to the finish on my own."

Meanwhile, Hushovd came in second after the Norwegian beat Flecha, Team Sky's Spaniard, in a sprint for the line.

Hammond held off a late surge from Boonen to claim fourth spot.

Paris-Roubaix details

Compiègne-Roubaix, 259km: 1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi - Saxo Bank) 6 hours 35 minutes 10 seconds, 2. Thor Hushovd (Nor - Cervelo) at 1min 59secs, 3. Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa - Team Sky) same time, 4. Roger Hammond (GB - Cervelo) 3mins 14secs, 5. Tom Boonen (Bel - Quick Step) s.t., 6. Bjorn Leukemans (Hol - Vacansoleil) 3mins 20secs, 7. Filippo Pozzato (Ita - Katusha) 3mins 46secs, 8. Leif Hoste (Bel - Omega Pharma-Lotto) 5mins 16secs, 9. Sébastien Hinault (Fra - Ag2R La Mondiale) 6mins 27secs, 10. Hayden Roulston (NZ - HTC-Columbia) 6mins 59secs.

Selected others: 18. Jeremy Hunt (GB - Cervelo) 7mins 5secs, 64. Geraint Thomas (GB - Team Sky) 14mins 38secs.

 
 
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