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By Mike Henson

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  1. Post update

    bradley Wiggins

    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...

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

    Bradley Wiggins and Luke Rowe
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    Roubaix showers

    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

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  7. 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."

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

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. John Degenkolb wins Paris Roubaix

    John Degenkolb

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

  11. Into the velodrome

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

  12. 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.

  13. Stybar joins leaders

    Leaders +0:08, 3km

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

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    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

  15. 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.

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    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.

  17. 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?

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    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.

  19. 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.

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    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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

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    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.

  27. 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.

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    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.

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    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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

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    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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  34. 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.

  35. Wiggins at front of peloton

    Bradley Wiggins

    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.

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    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.

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

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    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...

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    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.

  40. Stannard needs to attack

    Rob Hayles

    Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    If Ian Stannard has any chance of taking victory he has to do it alone. He is fast but not fast enough in a sprint. If he has the strength he has to try and break up this bunch. However, he has it all to do because he is on his own for Team Sky and other riders near him have team-mates, which means they can take turns to rest.

  41. Sagan attacks

    Slovak livewire Peter Sagan darts off the front of the peloton. Ian Stannard seems to be on his own for Team Sky up there. Bradley Wiggins is buried somewhere deep in the pack and it might be a long way back with little let-up in the pace.

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    BMC's Daniel Oss takes a trip into the ditch. He had been doing some hard stints towards the front for his team. He is propped back up and shoved on his way.

  43. Geraint Thomas dropped

    Team Sky: It looks like @GeraintThomas86's chances of success are over. He's no longer in the peloton after his crashes and punctures.

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    Uh oh. Bad news for Team Sky from Team Sky...

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    Onto the 16th cobbled section - Orchies - and it is still Etixx Quick Step who are asking all the questions of the peloton.

    Relentless churn at the front and there are some big airlocks opening up in the stream of riders that are attempting to follow. Neither Bradley Wiggins or Geraint Thomas have made an appearance in front of the cameras recently.

    The eight-strong leading group have been reeled in to within three minutes.

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    Simon Brotherton

    Cycling commentator on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    The BBC view

    "Lovely day for a bike race. Decent view from our commentary perch at the finish too."

  48. Etixx-Quick Step up pace

    The Etixx-Quick Step team, including defending champion Niki Terpstra, have decided that they want to shift this race on.

    As the peloton charge onto the Beuvry-la-Forêt section of cobbles ,they up the pace. Ian Stanndard is up the front for Team Sky, but it is getting strung out behind.

    Geraint Thomas and Sir Bradley Wiggins have just about clung to the coattails of that spurt.

    The eight-strong leading group have had their lead trimmed down to 2:45 with a little over 60km to go.

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    Rob Hayles

    Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "This is an archaic race. It is savage. The history of this race, the list of winners and the big riders that have won it, is incredible. A lot of riders don't like the cobbles because they are difficult but that is what makes Paris-Roubaix what it is. The cobbles decimate the field and play such a big part in the drama."

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    People line the section of the route known as the Trouee d'Arenberg

    By the way, this race is cracking on at a lively pace. The race organisers' fastest guide times were based on an average speed of 42 kmh.

    With a tailwind and a dry conditions we are on target to be 40 minutes ahead of that schedule. The winner could cross the line at 14:50 BST.

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    Sir Bradley Wiggins

    "It just wouldn't be the same anywhere else. Roubaix is a fitting end," Wiggins said.

    "I'd ride on with a broken collarbone just to come into the Roubaix velodrome, because it's the last race.

    "Everyone starts to go 'Oh, you can win Roubaix.' Like it's this fairytale ending, but obviously, it's not as easy as that."

    Being born in Gent, he has the classic Belgium-born heritage, but it certainly won't be easy for the 34-year-old.

    Wiggins last spotted slugging away in the middle of the pack. Given Geraint Thomas's mechanical and fall, will Team Sky lump all their resources into getting Wiggo up the standings?

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    Wiggins and Froome

    Sir Bradley Wiggins' team-mate Chris Froome has tweeted this picture and comment:

    "This made me laugh. #throwback to the 2012 TDF. All the best for Paris-Roubaix #AurevoirBrad #TBT"

    I bet it made him laugh. It has not been love and cuddles between Froome and Wiggins for some time.

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    Rob Hayles

    Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "This is a race I followed all the time as a child. For me and many cycling fans it is the biggest one-day race on the calendar. If you win this you can live the rest of your career and life off the back of winning Paris-Roubaix."

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    Team Sky's Ian Stannard, who defended his Omloop Het Nieuwsblad title last month, is marking a mob of eager Lotto-Soudal riders at the front of the peloton.

    Stannard wants to keep the pace down to allow Geraint Thomas an easier route back into the pack. The Lotto lads want to push on as their team-mate Sean De Bie has dropped out of the leading group with a mechanical.

    Britain and Orica Greenedge's Adam Blythe is still at the front though with another seven riders. Their lead is four minutes 30 seconds. Seventy two kilometres still to go.

  55. Post update

    Chris Froome

    Sir Bradley Wiggin's Team Sky team-mate Chris Froome is training in Tenerife.

    "Unfortunately won't get to watch #ParisRoubaix today, seven-hour spin with @richie_porte @nicholasroche @LeopoldKonig

  56. Post update

    Strictly speaking by the way, there should be a raft of disqualifications after a big chunk of the peloton jumped the barriers at that level crossing.

    Back in 2006, Leif Hoste, Peter Van Petegem and Vladimir Gusev has their results chalked off for doing exactly that.

    I think today's miscreants will get away with it, just because there were so many of them.

  57. Thomas crashes heavily

    Nevermind the cobbles, look out for the kerbs.

    In a residential back road, Geraint Thomas comes to grief as he rubs up against the pavement. He is sent sprawling to the floor. A quick rub of his sore flank while his team pluck a new bike off the roof and he is back up and running.

    He doesn't seem to have any team-mates around him, but should make it back to the pack. He will spend some valuable energy doing so though.

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    Rob Hayles

    Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "That could have ended in disaster. You could see riders nip across the track but that train wasn't slowing down."

  59. Train stops cyclists

    The peloton waits

    Road safety campaigners look away now.

    As the peloton approach a level crossing, the barriers start to come down. The peloton keep streaming under and round to cross the rails despite a policeman's appeals not to.

    Finally sanity prevails in time. The flow of bikes stops a few seconds before a whacking great TGV comes trundling across in front of them.

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    Niki Terpstra

    Defending Paris-Roubaix champion Niki Terpstra was edged into second by Kristoff in Flanders. It is a position he is getting used to - the Dutchman also finished second at Gent-Wevelgem.

    Only six men have successfully retained the title since the Second World War, but the 30-year-old also finished in the top five in 2013 and 2012 here and is canny enough to stay in the mix.

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    Alexander Kristoff

    Norwegian Alexander Kristoff is undoubtedly the man in form in the field.

    Riding for Katusha, he has been imperious this spring, scooping a dramatic win in the Tour of Flanders alongside victories in the spellcheck-defying Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, and Scheldeprijs races.

    His previous showings on Paris Roubaix have been underwhelming, with his ninth-placed finish in 2013 his best effort so far, but that sort of recent record demands a place at the head of the market.

    His son may not relish another victory however. The poor lad was spooked by a champagne cork spontaneously popping while his dad collected his prize in Ronde.

  63. Post update

    Luke Rowe and Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain

    New Zealand's Shane Archibold, riding for the German Bora Argon team, is the first casualty in the Forest of Arenberg.

    Geraint Thomas and Sir Bradley Wiggins looked like they were sat in the back half of the peloton as they made their way through safely.

    Plenty of road still to ride. Time to have a look at some of the big threats to the Team Sky pair.

  64. Post update

    So where do we stand?

    Well a nine-man breakaway, including Britain's Adam Blythe and a Belgian trio but no real big names, have a six-minute lead on the peloton.

    The escapees are just bouncing across the first five-star section of cobbles - the Forest of Arenberg. Behind them the peloton are jostling for a prime position at the front of the pack as they prepare to filter onto the same treacherous stretch.

    Geraint Thomas was forced to put his foot down after a puncture meant a Team Sky team-mate had to offer up a spare wheel.

    Ninety kilometres to go.

  65. G-Unit functioning well

    Geraint Thomas

    Bradley Wiggins may well not be the first Team Sky rider home, never mind win the whole thing.

    Welshman Geraint Thomas is coming into the race with less experience, but more convincing form.

    The 28-year-old won the gruelling E3 Harelbeke in March and although he then faded to 14th in the Tour of Flanders, he has a potent mix of stamina and punch that might just do the trick today.

    Four-time winner Tom Boonen, missing today through injury, says Thomas can come in under the radar.

    "Thomas can take advantage of the situation because everybody will be watching Wiggins," he told L'Equipe today.

  66. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "We don't have wet weather but it is extremely dry with a few wet patches and riders are falling all over the place. This is why Paris-Roubaix is one of the biggest one-day races in the calendar. They are dropping like flies."

  67. Post update

    You know that France was the most visited country in the world in 2012? The bike races that form a sort of landscape pornography are partly to thank for that.

    It is another gorgeous day in northern France. Dust rather mud for the riders to deal with.

  68. Post update

    Geraint Thomas described the race as "hell on wheels" in his BBC preview. Why?

    Well, just like the Grand National yesterday, it is always difficult to predict who will make it through the dirt and debris to cross the finishline first in Roubaix's open-air velodrome.

    Separating the field from the finishline are 27 cobbled sections - adding up to a total of more than 55km of juddering white-knuckle riding - which are covered in a choking dust when dry and a slick, slippery film when wet.

    It is likely to get messy.

  69. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Roubaix velodrome

    Simon Brotherton and Rob Hayles have picked up their passes, taken up position in the Roubaix velodrome fired up their BBC Radio 5 live sport extra transmitter.

    You can listen in to their commentary via the live coverage tab at the top of this page.

  70. Post update

    Sir Bradley Wiggins fans

    But today, after Tour de France victories, Vuelta podium finishes and Olympic gold, Wiggins climbs aboard his road bike for the final time in Team Sky colours.

    An assault on the hour record and preparations for Rio 2016 as part of his own dedicated track team await.

    But before he gets to ride the pine, he is going to have his fillings juddered and marrow mashed for a final time over the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix.