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Summary

  1. John Degenkolb sprints to victory
  2. Luke Rowe best British finisher in eighth
  3. Sir Bradley Wiggins 18th - 31 seconds back
  4. Drama as train delays part of the peloton at a crossing
  5. 27 cobbled sections in 151-mile race

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By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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Right, that is us done and dusted for today.

Not as dusted as some of the fellas hosing down in the bowels of the Roubaix open-air velodrome, but dusted enough.

Wiggo bows out of Team Sky with a creditable, rather than incredible, finish. Onwards and upwards...

Sky Sports reporter Orla Chennaoui: Sir Bradley Wiggins thanks team mates Ian Stannard and Luke Rowe after his last race for Team Sky.

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With the bell still ringing for riders just making their way into the velodrome, a hulking cobblestone is being presented to John Degenkolb on the grass at the centre of the track.

A little school sports day this, but that is part of the charm.

Degenkolb will also have his name

emblazoned on a plaque in the velodrome shower room.

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John Degenkolb becomes only the third rider to win Paris-Roubaix and Milan-San Remo in the same season. Ireland's Sean Kelly in 1986 was the last man to achieve it.

The full provisional standings are in.

Sir Bradley Wiggins signs off on his Team Sky career with an 18th place finish. Defending champion Niki Terpstra was down in 15th. Ian Stannard was 47th.

Luke Rowe was actually the first Briton home, claiming eighth place, 28 seconds down, with Sir Bradley Wiggins in a small group just behind.

Alexander Kristoff, the Tour de Flanders winner, finished in 10th.

A word from the winner

Here's John Degenkolb: "The race I've always dreamed of to win. This is unbelievable. I can't get it right now. My team was there all day to hold the situation under control until I could start. I was not afraid to fail and that was the key."

It looked like Etixx Quick Step's Zdenek Stybar and BMC's Greg van Avermaet claimed second and third respectively behind John Degenkolb.

Sir Bradley Wiggins, half a lap behind, watches John Degenkolb sprint away. But he puts in an effort to cross the line at a bit of pace.

John Degenkolb wins Paris Roubaix

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The German powers home ahead of a bunch of five other riders.

Into the velodrome

One and-a-half laps of the Roubaix velodrome to go. John Degenkolb might be the best bet...

Wiggins responds!

Leaders +0:05, 2km

Sir Bradley Wiggins cranks out more power to try and reel in the front four. Has he left it too late? We seem set for a sprint finish that he won't win.

Stybar joins leaders

Leaders +0:08, 3km

Zdenek Stybar joins Etixx team-mate Yves Lampaert up front. This is a very dangerous group.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

There is no way these two riders out front are going to work with Degenkolb now - they both know the German will win a sprint so they want him to tire himself out

Degenkolb joins leaders

Leaders +0:11. 4.5km

German John Dekenkolb has bridged across to Greg van Avermaet and Yves Lampaert. The strongest sprinter of the three, he wants the others to help him now he's made a big effort.

The Belgian pair are not so keen. Discussions ensure complete with angry gesticulations, agreement is eventually reached but it looks like this break is going to fail because of race politics.

Leaders +0:05, 6.5km

The peloton has started to splinter under the pressure of this break. Sir Bradley Wiggins looks like he is clinging on rather than playing it cool.

Lars Boom is looking strongest among the chasers.

Lampaert & van Avermaet attack

Leaders +0:11, 8 m to go

This is an interesting little hook up.

Greg van Avermaet and fellow Belgian Yves Lampaert have gone off the front. There is a little bit of firepower there.

Luke Rowe responds at the front of the peloton. Bradley Wiggins still hiding down the queue. Might he have to lend a hand now?

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

What have you got left in the tank? Bradley is in the running but time is running out. Bradley needs to go alone. He doesn't have the sprint of many other riders in the group with him.

Roelandts caught

13.4km to go

The crowds are thickening and the chasers are being funnelled down an even slimmer strip of road.

Jurgen Roelandts 15 minutes of fame are over. Niki Terpstra is looking frisky. More eyeing up than at a high school disco now as the leaders look to see who will take the pace on.

Leaders +0:12, 15km to go

Team Sky's Luke Rowe is doing plenty of the donkey work as the chasers slowly peg back Jurgen Roelandts back.

Another escape seems doomed

Sir Bradley Wiggins and Niki Terpstra are keeping cool and sticking the pace.

Roelandts attacks

Leader +0:25, 16.5km to go

Outsider Lotto-Soudal's Jurgen Roelandts takes a look around at the likes of Wiggins and Terpstra and decides he is going to get eaten up if he hangs around these big beasts much longer.

He puts the hammer down and has made a good fist of it. His lead is up to 25 seconds as he hits the bone-juddering Carrefour de l'Arbre section.

Leaders +0:19, 19km to go

AG2R's Alexis Gougeard fires off the front, but it is a brief cameo.

There is a select group of chasers who have got away from the main body of the peloton. Sir Bradley Wiggins and defending champion Niki Terpstra are in it.

Luke Rowe is trying to get up and help Wiggins from the peloton, 19 seconds down the road

Leaders caught, 22km to go

It has been a long brave stand, but the five long-time leaders have finally been caught by the peloton. They take a break, free-wheeling and sipping drinks and glancing over their shoulders as they admit their fate.

Wiggins reeled in

Leaders +0:21, 26km to go

There are enough willing legs and vested interests in the peloton to nip the Wiggins breakaway in the bud.

The pace simmers up behind them and they are gobbled up.

At ease. Time for Wiggins to regroup and reconsider.

Stybar and Debusschere join Wiggins

Leaders +0:28, 27km to go

Zdenek Stybar of Etixx Quick Step and Jens Debusschere of Lotto Soudal have joined Wiggins and Vandenburgh at their halfway house between the peloton and the five-strong leading group.

Simon Brotherton

Cycling commentator on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

One of the BMC riders has almost disappeared into the bakery on the side of the road. He did well to stay upright and not knock over an elderly gentleman on the path.

Leaders +0:34, 29km to go

This break is going to stick.

Sir Bradley Wiggins just took off as the peloton hit a section of cobbles and, jaw juddering all the way, he put down more power than the rest could muster.

He has reeled in Etixx Quick Step's Stijn Vendenbergh who was halfway up towards the leaders. The Belgian is attempting to stick with Wiggins. Wiggo might welcome the help from this far out.

29km to go.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

The one problem Wiggins faces now is that the other riders physically can't stay with him if he puts in a big effort. But because Vandenbergh and Stybar are from the same team he can sit back and let them do the work.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

There's a lot of dust so the riders can't see what's going on. There was a big cheer from the British contingent here in the velodrome. He has to go alone - he is the world time trial champion and people will be worried.

Sir Bradley Wiggins attacks!

This is long-range!

Sir Bradley Wiggins is not going to die wondering. The former Tour de France champion grits his teeth and stamps hard to fly off the front of the peloton.

Thirty-two kilometres to go and it looks like he had cranked up a decent gap on the pack.

Leaders +1:11, 35km to go

Lotto Soudal's Lars Bak wobbles around in the gutter before plunging into the ploughed field, taking some spectators with him. That brings an inelegant end to his attempt to push off the front of the peloton.

French champion Arnaud Demare has had to stop and clip out his back wheel.

At the head of the race, the leading group is down to five, including Latvian Aleksejs Saramotins. Their lead is just over a minute with 35km to ride. Adam Blythe has been swallowed up after dropping out of that exclusive little group.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

It's been a very good ride and a good move by Adam Blythe. He's more of a sprinter so he's shown well.

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Vandenbergh attacks

Etixx- Quick Step's Stijn Vandenbergh shoots off the front of the peloton. He has just over a minute to bridge to the breakaway.

Team Sky's Luke Rowe is trying to respond.

Unfortunately Britain's Adam Blythe is on the opposite escalator, heading back into the pack after getting left by the leaders.

Forty-two kilometres to go.

Wiggins at front of peloton

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Yes, a confirmed sighting of Bradley Wiggins ghosting up through the pack and to within the top 20 of the chasing pack.

Are Team Sky bubbling up into contention?

Let's not get too excited just yet. The peloton come chugging the feared Mons-en-Pévèle section. It is like pedalling while hanging onto a pneumatic drill. This will help sort the men from the boys.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

It is Wiggins up there. And right on his wheel is another Team Sky rider which is great news for Stannard and the team.

Team Sky on Twitter: Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard and Bradley Wiggins all towards the front of the peloton as they hit Mons-en-Pévèle.

Hang on. A mystery Team Sky rider has joined Ian Stannard up the top of the peloton. Is it Sir Bradley Wiggins? We are trying to get a clear sightline...

AG2R's main man Johan van Summeren - a 2011 winner here - has taken a spill. Matti Breschel of Tinkoff-Saxo was caught up in the crossfire. Both back up after a little bit of a dispute over who was liable for that one.