Best of the rest
Best of the rest
The unpredictable nature of Paris-Roubaix means there are plenty of riders who could top the podium in Roubaix.
Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) finished just off the podium at Gent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders and was part of the race-winning attack at E3 Harelbeke but was dropped when Geraint Thomas accelerated to victory.
The Slovakian champion is still searching for a maiden Monument win, with no less than seven top ten finishes to his name, and will likely be there or there abouts, but can he convert that to a win?
Sep Vanmarcke (LottoNL-Jumbo) is another man who should be in the mix, despite failing to make the cut at the Tour of Flanders. Vanmarcke has previous at Paris-Roubaix, having been dramatically pipped on the line in 2013 and finishing fourth in 2014, but, despite a strong start to his 2015 Classics campaign, his performance at the Tour of Flanders last weekend, when he was ejected from the front group with 30km remaining, has raised question marks over the Belgian’s form.
Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing) was among the strongest riders at the Tour of Flanders and, though he missed the winning move with Kristoff and Terpstra, was the first man home behind the duo to complete the podium. The Belgian has been in the mix through the past month and his best result at Paris-Roubaix to date is fourth in 2013.
Stijn Devolder and Gregory Rast are among the riders looking to seize the opportunity presented by the absence of their Trek Factory Racing team leader, Fabian Cancellara. Devolder has twice won the Tour of Flanders but not come close at Paris-Roubaix – but, having coming second at the Three Days of De Panne, appears the most likely to lead Trek in place of Cancellara.