4.07.2013

Paris-Roubaix: Fabian Cancellara. Legend!


Legend: Paris-Roubaix was first run in 1896. It was created by two textile manufacturers who had built the velodrome so had the idea of a race from Paris to 2 their track. The first prize represented seven months' wages for a miner at the time.  Like for TdF Tourmalet climb, first rider testing Paris-Rroubaix thought it was impossible and dangerous, but a good dinner with the organizers changed his mind. The first edition's winner was the German Fischer (in 9 h!) 2nd the Dane Meyer 3rd Garin, who was going to win the 1st edition of TdF. Only 4 on 26 started riders finished within 1hour from the winner. A legend had been born.
Hell: Paris-Roubaix stopped only for two the world wars. 1919 edition was unique. 9 million people had died in the I World War. who knew if there was still a road to Roubaix? The organizers went to see and called it The Hell of the North: not a tree, not a m not hurled upside down, a shell hole after another. The winner Pélissier said: "This wasn't a race. It was a pilgrimage”.
Embedded image permalinkCobbles: Until the II World War Paris-Roubaix was over cobbles not because they were bad but because that was how roads were made. Later cobbles became a challenge. 1949 winner André Mahé said: "There were cobbles from the moment you left Paris". But progress threatened Paris-Roubaix cobbles because mayors surfaced them to look better in tv. 'Les Amis de Paris-Roubaix' has been created to save them.
Today: sun and cold, a dusty Roubaix. The first break went away after 17 km and they were: Debuscheres, Steegmans, Thurau, RSNT's Jungels, Smukulis, Rathe, Veuchelen, Morkov, Siskevicius, Boivin, Teruel, Koretzky, Lemontagner. Siskevicius, Teruel and Lemontagner got dropped soon and the advantage never was large one.  The race was back together before the first of 27 brutal cobbled sectors.
 Attacks, some flats (also Sky Ian Satnnard), a breakaway with Boasson Hagen was quickly caught. Then  Hayman, Koretzky, O'Grady and Steegmans gained 17".  A horrible crash for Offredo (FDJ) who ploughed straight into a road sign in the centre of the road and abandoned the race. Arenberg done and dusted. After sector 16 Steegmans and Hayman was having a 55'' gap. Chasing bunch included RSLT's Cancellara, Popovich, Devolder and Rast. In a nervous fluid situation peloton kept splitting and reasemblating. After sector 8 there were four leaders: Gaudin, Langeveld, Vandenbergh and Vanmarcke and a chasing group: Van Avermaet, Terpstra and Cancellara. 
The turn point was when Cancellara slowed down and went to the team car: many said he wasn't in shape... or his shape was very good, so good to play a strategy game. 32km to go two riders were in front: Vanmarcke and Vandenbergh, in the 1st chasing group there were: Van Avermaet, Flecha, Paolini and Stybar, in the 2nd chasing group there were: Boom, Cancellara, Eisel, Terpstra. 30km to go Fabian opened the gas, left his group and went after the four in front. He was so fast to it takes absolutely nothing. Terpstra followed. Leaders gap was only 18'' now. 
Then Cancellara attacked again, Stybar glued to his wheel. Only Sep Vanmarcke resisted and they went away together. A spledid podium already, just the right order to set. In the dust and crowd of Carrefour de l'arbre. In the screaming and cheering, flags, faces, hands. Not sure how it happened but Stybar fell and got dropped. Somebody said a fan with a camera was in the midle of the road. I still don't know. A pity. A shame. Stybar chased but Cancellara and Vanmarcke were far ahead.
I was watching them and thinking: how similar they are! big men, strong builded bodies, huge power. They talked a few times flying to Roubaix, their mind working hard to solve the problem. Dropping the opponent? betting all at the sprint in the velodrome? Cancellara tryed to drop Vanmarcke but Vanmarcke resisted. They got together into the velodrome. Old times story! a classy track sprint! Fabian beated Sep, passed the line and the lapped chasers sprinting for the 3rd place (Terpstra). Collapsed. "I don't know how I did it." he said "Now it's time for a holiday and to put my bike to the side".
Three times winner of Roubaix, Cancellara is one of the very few riders who won twice Roubaix and Ronde in the same year. A splendid rider, a splendid husband and father, a splendid friend. A splendid man. Congrats Fabian!
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RESULTS
Source http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/1167891-Paris-Roubaix-2013
1 CANCELLARA Fabian RadioShack - Leopard100275 5:45:33
2 VANMARCKE Sep Blanco Pro Cycling Team80200 ,,
3 TERPSTRA Niki Omega Pharma - Quick-Step70150 0:31
4 VAN AVERMAET Greg BMC Racing Team60120 ,,
5 GAUDIN Damien Europcar50100 ,,
6 STYBAR Zdenek Omega Pharma - Quick-Step4090 0:39
7 LANGEVELD Sebastian Orica GreenEDGE3080 ,,
8 FLECHA Juan Antonio Vacansoleil - DCM2070 ,,
9 KRISTOFF Alexander Katusha Team1060 0:50
10 TURGOT Sébastien Europcar450 ,,
11 HAUSSLER Heinrich IAM Cycling
46 ,,
12 EISEL Bernhard Sky Procycling
42 ,,
13 WYNANTS Maarten Blanco Pro Cycling Team
38 ,,
14 BOOM Lars Blanco Pro Cycling Team
34 ,,
15 BRESCHEL Matti Team Saxo-Tinkoff
30 ,,
16 LEUKEMANS Bjorn Vacansoleil - DCM
28 ,,
17 CHAINEL Steve AG2R La Mondiale
26 ,,
18 TJALLINGII Maarten Blanco Pro Cycling Team
24 ,,
19 CHAVANEL Sylvain Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
22 ,,
20 VANDENBERGH Stijn Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
20 ,,
21 PAOLINI Luca Katusha Team
19 1:00
22 POZZATO Filippo Lampre - Merida
18 2:52
23 PHINNEY Taylor BMC Racing Team
17 3:13
24 SIEBERG Marcel Lotto Belisol Team
16 ,,
25 SINKELDAM Ramon Team Argos - Shimano
15 ,,
26 LE BON Johan Equipe Cycliste FDJ
14 3:17
27 MONDORY Lloyd AG2R La Mondiale
13 ,,
28 DEGENKOLB John Team Argos - Shimano
12 3:29
29 PETIT Adrien Cofidis Solutions Crédits
11 ,,
30 WAGNER Robert Blanco Pro Cycling Team
10 ,,
31 GUARNIERI Jacopo Astana Pro Team
9 ,,
32 SABATINI Fabio Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
8 ,,
33 KLUGE Roger Team NetApp – Endura
7 ,,
34 SCHAR Michael BMC Racing Team
6 ,,
35 HUSHOVD Thor BMC Racing Team
5 ,,
36 VEELERS Tom Team Argos - Shimano
5 ,,
37 VENTOSO ALBERDI Francisco José Movistar Team
5 ,,
38 KEISSE Iljo Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
5 ,,
39 BANDIERA Marco IAM Cycling
5 ,,
40 MALACARNE Gael Bretagne- Séché Environnement
5 ,,
41 ELMIGER Martin IAM Cycling
5 ,,
42 HINAULT Sébastien IAM Cycling
5 ,,
43 ROELANDTS Jurgen Lotto Belisol Team
5 ,,
44 DE BACKER Bert Team Argos - Shimano
5 ,,
45 MINARD Sébastien AG2R La Mondiale
5 ,,
46 KEUKELEIRE Jens Orica GreenEDGE
5 ,,
47 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald Sky Procycling
5 ,,
48 THURAU Bjorn Europcar
5 ,,
49 GUSEV Vladimir Katusha Team
5 3:32
50 VANSUMMEREN Johan Garmin - Sharp
5 ,,
51 STANNARD Ian Sky Procycling
5 ,,
52 HAYMAN Mathew Sky Procycling
5 ,,
53 ROULSTON Hayden RadioShack - Leopard
5 6:07
54 DEVOLDER Stijn RadioShack - Leopard
5 6:11
55 STEEGMANS Gert Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
5 ,,
56 BODNAR Maciej Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
5 ,,
57 BOECKMANS Kris Vacansoleil - DCM
5 ,,
58 FARRAR Tyler Garmin - Sharp
5 8:37
59 ROJAS GIL Jose Joaquin Movistar Team
5 10:27
60 TAMOURIDIS Ioannis Euskaltel - Euskadi
5 ,,
61 HUTAROVICH Yauheni AG2R La Mondiale
5 ,,
62 BARLE Florent Cofidis Solutions Crédits
5 ,,
63 GUTIERREZ PALACIOS Iván Movistar Team
5 ,,
64 SELIG Rüdiger Katusha Team
5 ,,
65 PERICHON Pierre-luc Bretagne- Séché Environnement
5 ,,
66 VAN EMDEN Jos Blanco Pro Cycling Team
5 ,,
67 KUZNETSOV Viacheslav Katusha Team
5 ,,
68 GREIPEL Andre Lotto Belisol Team
5 ,,
69 LABBE Arnaud Cofidis Solutions Crédits
5 ,,
70 BAUER Jack Garmin - Sharp
5 ,,
71 QUINZIATO Manuel BMC Racing Team
5 ,,
72 BONNET William Equipe Cycliste FDJ
5 10:30
73 MAASKANT Martijn Garmin - Sharp
5 13:16
74 MAES Nikolas Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
5 13:42
75 KORETZKY Clément Bretagne- Séché Environnement
5 ,,
76 MURAVYEV Dmitriy Astana Pro Team
5 14:34
77 LEMOINE Cyril Sojasun
5 ,,
78 CURVERS Roy Team Argos - Shimano
5 ,,
79 THOMAS Geraint Sky Procycling
5 ,,
80 SERGENT Jesse RadioShack - Leopard
5 ,,
81 VAN POPPEL Boy Vacansoleil - DCM
5 ,,
82 ERVITI OLLO Imanol Movistar Team
5 ,,
83 KOREN Kristjan Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
5 ,,
84 JUNGELS Bob RadioShack - Leopard
5 ,,
85 JARRIER Benoit Bretagne- Séché Environnement
5 ,,
86 RAST Gregory RadioShack - Leopard
5 14:38
87 TOSATTO Matteo Team Saxo-Tinkoff
5 ,,
88 GENE Yohann Europcar
5 ,,
89 PALINI Andrea Lampre - Merida
5 ,,
90 DEMARE Arnaud Equipe Cycliste FDJ
5 14:40
91 KREDER Wesley Vacansoleil - DCM
5 ,,
92 CANTWELL Jonathan Team Saxo-Tinkoff
5 ,,
93 LAENGEN Vegard Stake Bretagne- Séché Environnement
5 ,,
94 AAEN JORGENSEN Jonas Team Saxo-Tinkoff
5 ,,
95 BARTA Jan Team NetApp – Endura
5 19:12
96 O'GRADY Stuart Orica GreenEDGE
5 20:37
97 RASCH Gabriel Sky Procycling
5 ,,
98 LUND Anders Team Saxo-Tinkoff
5 ,,
99 GARCIA AMBROA Ricardo Euskaltel - Euskadi
5 ,,
100 TALABARDON Yannick Sojasun
5 ,,
101 POPOVYCH Yaroslav RadioShack - Leopard
5 ,,
102 BAGDONAS Gediminas AG2R La Mondiale
5 ,,
103 MøRKøV Michael Team Saxo-Tinkoff
5 25:31
104 HAEDO Lucas Sebastian Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
5 ,,
105 KUMP Marko Team Saxo-Tinkoff
5 ,,
106 KLEMME Dominik IAM Cycling
5 ,,
107 SCHILLINGER Andreas Team NetApp – Endura
5 ,,
108 DEMPSTER Zakkari Team NetApp – Endura
5 ,,
109 ROWE Luke Sky Procycling
5 26:16
110 DURBRIDGE Luke Orica GreenEDGE
5 ,,
111 KING Edward Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
5 ,,
112 CLARKE William Team Argos - Shimano
5 ,,
113 KAMYSHEV Arman Astana Pro Team
5 ,,
114 BOL Jetse Blanco Pro Cycling Team
5 ,,
115 DOWNING Russell Team NetApp – Endura
5 ,,
116 GUARDINI Andrea Astana Pro Team
5 ,,
117 LAMOISSON Morgan Europcar
5 ,,
118 JUUL-JENSEN Christopher Team Saxo-Tinkoff
5 ,,
DNF HENDERSON Gregory Lotto Belisol Team

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DNF DEBUSSCHERE Jens Lotto Belisol Team

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DNF DEHAES Kenny Lotto Belisol Team

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DNF BAK Lars Ytting Lotto Belisol Team

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DNF OFFREDO Yoann Equipe Cycliste FDJ

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DNF FISCHER Murilo Antonio Equipe Cycliste FDJ

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DNF DELAGE Mickaël Equipe Cycliste FDJ

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DNF BOUCHER David Equipe Cycliste FDJ

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DNF REYNES MIMO Vicente Lotto Belisol Team

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DNF BOZIC Borut Astana Pro Team

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DNF SISKEVICIUS Evaldas Sojasun

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DNF LINDEMAN Bert-Jan Vacansoleil - DCM

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DNF MOURIS Jens Orica GreenEDGE

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DNF DOCKER Mitchell Orica GreenEDGE

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DNF COOKE Baden Orica GreenEDGE

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DNF BEPPU Fumiyuki Orica GreenEDGE

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DNF TLEUBAYEV Ruslan Astana Pro Team

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DNF HUFFMAN Evan Astana Pro Team

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DNF SELVAGGI Mirko Vacansoleil - DCM

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DNF VEUCHELEN Frederik Vacansoleil - DCM

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DNF FAVILLI Elia Lampre - Merida

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DNF GRAZIATO Massimo Lampre - Merida

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DNF PETACCHI Alessandro Lampre - Merida

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DNF ARIEL RICHEZE Maximiliano Lampre - Merida

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DNF VIGANO Davide Lampre - Merida

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DNF WACKERMANN Luca Lampre - Merida

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DNF GODDAERT Kristof IAM Cycling

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DNF LARSSON Gustav Erik IAM Cycling

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DNF SARAMOTINS Aleksejs IAM Cycling

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DNF DE KORT Koen Team Argos - Shimano

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DNF APPOLLONIO Davide AG2R La Mondiale

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DNF HOULE Hugo AG2R La Mondiale

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DNF IGLINSKIY Valentin AG2R La Mondiale

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DNF ENGOULVENT Jimmy Sojasun

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DNF DANIEL Maxime Sojasun

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DNF LABORIE Christophe Sojasun

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DNF MARTIAS Rony Sojasun

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DNF PAIANI Jean-lou Sojasun

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DNF LADAGNOUS Matthieu Equipe Cycliste FDJ

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DNF BOIVIN Guillaume Cannondale Pro Cycling Team

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DNF SCHULZE Andre Euskaltel - Euskadi

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DNF MARANGONI Alan Cannondale Pro Cycling Team

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DNF GARCíA ETXEGIBEL Egoitz Cofidis Solutions Crédits

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DNF GHYSELINCK Jan Cofidis Solutions Crédits

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DNF JOEAAR Gert Cofidis Solutions Crédits

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DNF SIJMENS Nico Cofidis Solutions Crédits

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DNF ZINGLE Romain Cofidis Solutions Crédits

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DNF EICHLER Markus Team NetApp – Endura

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DNF JARC Blaz Team NetApp – Endura

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DNF WETTERHALL Alexander Team NetApp – Endura

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DNF DOWSETT Alex Movistar Team

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DNF HERRADA LOPEZ Jesús Movistar Team

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DNF TERUEL ROVIRA Eloy Movistar Team

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DNF DELPECH Jean-luc Bretagne- Séché Environnement

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DNF VACHON Florian Bretagne- Séché Environnement

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DNF LE MONTAGNER Benjamin Bretagne- Séché Environnement

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DNF BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMIENTA Peio Euskaltel - Euskadi

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DNF CHAVANEL Sébastien Europcar

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DNF DA DALTO Mauro Cannondale Pro Cycling Team

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DNF OROZ UGALDE Juan José Euskaltel - Euskadi

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DNF RADOCHLA Steffen Euskaltel - Euskadi

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DNF KREDER Raymond Garmin - Sharp

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DNF ROSSELER Sebastien Garmin - Sharp

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DNF RATHE Jacob Garmin - Sharp

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DNF HALLER Marco Katusha Team

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DNF ISAYCHEV Vladimir Katusha Team

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DNF SMUKULIS Gatis Katusha Team

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DNF KLIER Andreas Garmin - Sharp

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DNF FLENS Rick Blanco Pro Cycling Team

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DNF PUCCIO Salvatore Sky Procycling

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DNF WYSS Danilo BMC Racing Team

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DNF OSS Daniel BMC Racing Team

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DNF BURGHARDT Marcus BMC Racing Team

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DNF IRIZAR ARANBURU Markel RadioShack - Leopard

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DNF VEILLEUX David Europcar

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DNF COUSIN Jérôme Europcar

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DNF VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume Omega Pharma - Quick-Step

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DNF SAEZ DE ARREGI Adrian Euskaltel - Euskadi

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OTL STAMSNIJDER Tom Team Argos - Shimano

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