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Paris-Roubaix: World champion Peter Sagan wins first title

World champion Peter Sagan celebrates winning Paris-Roubaix

World champion Peter Sagan won his first Paris-Roubaix title in a sprint finish against Silvan Dillier.

Sagan, 28, made the decisive move with 54km of the 257km one-day classic to go, leaving his rivals behind to join a breakaway group containing Dillier.

The pair stayed away to the finish in the outdoor velodrome in Roubaix, with Sagan kicking clear on the final bend.

The Slovak is the first reigning world champion to win Paris-Roubaix since Bernard Hinault in 1981.

It is his second win in the ‘monuments’ – cycling’s five most prestigious one-day races – following his Tour of Flanders victory in 2016.

Dutch rider Niki Terpstra, the 2014 Paris-Roubaix champion, broke clear of the chasing group to finish third, with defending champion Greg van Avermaet fourth.

Belgium’s Michael Goolaerts was taken to hospital after crashing earlier in the race.

British Team Sky riders Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe were both forced to abandon following crashes.

More to follow.

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