With just 6km to go, Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Pro Cycling) made a rock solid move to capture cycling’s most precious stone. The Dutchman surged away from his – and his team’s – most dangerous rivals to take a hard-earned victory in the most monumental of cycling Monuments, Paris-Roubaix. Terpstra went solo from a group of 11 that included favorites Fabian Cancellara, Peter Sagan and Sep Vanmarcke as well as OPQS teammates Tom Boonen and Zdenek Stybar.
The course of cycling’s most storied race again pushed the world’s best to their limits with 28 cobbled sectors totaling 51.1km. The solo victory was the climax of a brilliant team effort from Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Pro Cycling, which relies on SRAM RED 22 componentry.
For the 112th edition of Paris-Roubaix, OPQS’s lineup of Niki Terpstra, Boonen, Stybar, Iljo Keisse, Stjin Vandenbergh, Matteo Trentin, Nikolas Maes and Guillaume Van keirsbulck animated the race and placed decisive attacks, reducing the pack of potential winners. In the final 10km, OPQS’ paid off as the team place three in the final group. As soon as Niki Terpstra got the green light to attack he jumped on the first opportunity, holding off the chase to cross the line arm aloft at the velodrome in Roubaix. And while Boonen is the leader of OPQS’ Classics team, Terpstra’s victory is not a surprise. This season, he has taken victories at Tour of Qatar and Dwars door Vlaanderen.
The Dutch rider also has been through the Hell of the North before — it was his seventh participation, including a fifth place in 2012 and third last year. The “Hell of the North” became Niki Terpstra’s “Heaven”! Congratulations to him and the entire Team for taking this Monument!
Niki Terpstra's winning machine in details:
Frame: Specialized S-Works Roubaix – 58cm
Groupset: SRAM RED 22 Shifters: SRAM RED 22 DoubleTap with Reach adjust
Crankset: Specialized (175mm crank arm length) with SRAM RED 22 chainrings – 53×46
Front derailleur: SRAM RED 22 Yaw with chain spotter
Rear derailleur: SRAM RED 22 – Short cage
Cassette: SRAM PG1170 11-26 Brakes: SRAM RED Aerolink
Chain: SRAM RED 22
Wheels: Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubular Stem: Zipp Service Course SL - 120mm
Bar: Zipp Service Course SL-88 - 40cm (c-c)
Seat post: Zipp Service Course SL 27.2mm 0mm Setback
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