Dutchman Niki Terpstra Claims Illustrious Paris-Roubaix Title
Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s Niki Terpstra crossed the finish line in the Roubaix velodrome without another rider in sight. There would be no sprint finish. The Dutchman had out-legged the competition to ride solo to the 2014 Paris-Roubaix victory, touting a 19 second gap to the next competitor.
The storied 257km Paris-Roubaix is considered the greatest one-day cycling “Classic” on the schedule and Terpstra had won it in convincing fashion. Entering the velodrome alone after a long hard battle on the streets of Northern France, Terpstra was able to enjoy his victory lap, hands in the air, clearly elated with his triumph.
“To take the win in the biggest classic of all is a dream come true,” said Terpstra. “It’s a race that suits me well. My shape this year was really good, so I was motivated for a good result. The team was good in the end.”
Terpstra, 29, had previously finished third in last years race along with a fifth place finish in 2012.
“Since I was a little child and I started cycling, Paris-Roubaix was the most special race for me,” Terpstra added. “Now I’ve won it, it’s a dream come true.”
John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) came across the line twenty seconds later, while recent Tour of Flanders champion, Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) rounded out the podium in the third position.
Paris-Roubaix Final Results
1. Niki Terpstra (Ned/Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) 6:09:01"
2. John Degenkolb (Ger/Giant) +20"
3. Fabian Cancellara (Swi/Trek)
4. Sep Vanmarcke (Bel/Belkin)
5. Zdenek Stybar (Cze/Omega Pharma – Quick-Step)