A huge cloud of dust rises as the Paris-Roubaix peloton crosses one of the many cobbled lanes that make up the legendary race's route. 'The Hell of the North', as it is known, was won yesterday by the Belgian Johan Vansummeren, who upset the favourite and defending champion Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland to steal victory.
The 258km classic saw several crashes on an unseasonably warm day for a race that often sees cyclists come home covered in mud rather than dust. Vansummeren, who is almost 6ft 6in, said: "I am the happiest man in the world. It's a race that's made for me."