Video: the story behind Niki Terpstra's Paris-Roubaix victory

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Video: the story behind Niki Terpstra’s Paris-Roubaix victory

Tactical insight into the Dutch rider's Monument triumph

The 2014 edition of Paris-Roubaix will live long in the memory and this video provides a fascinating insight into Niki Terpstra’s triumph.

The Dutch rider escaped from an elite 11-strong lead group, which included two of his Omega Pharma-QuickStep team-mates, the four-time champion Tom Boonen and Zdenek Stybar, as well as Team Sky duo Geraint Thomas and Bradley Wiggins, and soloed to victory on one of the most iconic finishes in cycling – the Roubaix velodrome.

This video takes viewers inside the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team car on race day, with compelling tactical analysis from the key protagonists in the race.

If ever you needed reminding of just how good professional cyclists are…

Terpstra also uploaded his victorious ride to Strava and the Dutchman has now received the most ‘kudos’ for a single activity in the history of the site. 6636 at the last count – be sure to add your own appreciation of the 29-year-old’s heroics.

Terpstra covered the 158.6-mile race in six hours, nine minutes and seven seconds – at an astonishing average speed of 25.8 miles per hour on a course which included more than 50km of bone-shaking pavé.

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