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Swiss Precision in Roubaix - Roulston Cracks Top Ten!
12 Apr, 2010

Being touted as the world's best cyclist of the moment is a big call but what Fabian Cancellara has achieved over the past two weeks of racing in justification.

The Swiss powerhouse was an out and out favourite as the race departed and no one was watching him closer than arch rival Tom Boonen of Quickstep.  In a race that Boonen has taken ownership of over the past seasons the Belgian was out for revenge for the beatin he took from the pedals of Cancellara in last weekend's Flanders.

Cancellara had to employ different tactics for the win but knew that he could both phsically and mentally destroy his rivals if he were to attain a gap off the fron of the peloton.  This is just what the Swiss did, a massive 50km from the finish!  Once clear Spartacus drove it home to finish exactly two minutes ahead of two other race favourites Thor Husovd and J-A Flecha with Hushovd using his superior sprint to garner second.

For the Kiwis it was a day packed full of excitement with the in-form Greg Henderson of SKY making the early break of the day, with most teams represented Hendi enjoyed most of the race off the front waiting for his captain Flecha to come up from behind. 

Hayden Roulston surprised perhaps even himself at the finish when he sprinted in to round out the top 10 in what was one of the most talent stacked Paris Roubaix's ever.  Roulston using his track nouse as the race entered the velodrome dominated the 28 rider sprint for his best ever finish in Roubaix.  

Check out the action of the day below.

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Hayden Roulston was the surprise of the day in 10th!

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