If you went to bed early last night and missed Paris-Roubaix you can be excused: Cancellara was the overwhelming favourite and, in the end, he didn't disappoint. But it wasn't like Boonen's 50km solo attack last year where the result was known well in advance. In fact, it wasn't until the final 20 metres of the race, inside the famous Roubaix velodrome, that it was clear Cancellara was going to win.
This year’s Paris-Roubaix had all the elements of a great race: the crashes, the drama, an unexpected up-and-coming rider challenging a living legend. We hope you enjoy the following moments of the race, captured in time.
Filippo Pozzato crashed on sector 15 of the cobbles but went on to finish 22nd, 2 minutes 52 seconds behind Cancellara.
Many of the teams used what were effectively cyclocross bikes for Paris Roubaix
Twelve of the teams broke their sponsorship obligations and used FMB tyres for Paris-Roubaix. Almost all tyres in the bunch were 27mm.
Thoughts on these Giro Air-Attack helmets?
Koen de Kort (right) rides a rough cobbled sector with Fabio Sabitini (left).
Taylor Phinney goes against the grain with both his helmet and his shoes. He came in 23rd.
A soigneur holds up spare wheels on one of the course’s 27 cobbled sectors.
Thor Hushovd and Manuel Quinziato (BMC) swap wheels to get Hushovd going again. He eventually came in 35th. Are Hushovd’s best days behind him?
Mathew Hayman (Sky) leads a rather composed-looking Gert Steegmans (Omega Pharma-QuickStep).
A small group tackles the brutal cobbles of the Trouée d’Arenberg.
The RadioShack-Leopard train sits at the front of the race, controlling proceedings for Fabian Cancellara.
Sebastian Langeveld (Orica-GreenEDGE) tries to find a smooth line as Sep Vanmarcke (Blanco) follows in his tracks. Langeveld would go on to finish seventh while Vanmarcke finished second behind Cancellara.
The peloton takes on the Chemin Abatoir cobbled sector in Orchies.
Fabian Cancellara drags Bernhard Eisel (Sky), Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) and Lars Boom (Blanco) over to the lead group.
Vanmarcke lost the race at this point when he let Cancellara get behind him which forced him to lead out the sprint.
Fabian Cancellara celebrates winning his third Paris-Roubaix just ahead of Sep Vanmarcke. Alongside them, Juan Antonio Flecha, Sebastian Langevelde and Zdenek Stybar race for sixth place.
An exhausted Fabian Cancellara collapses onto the grass after winning his third Paris-Roubaix.
Sep Vanmarcke sheds a muddy tear after finishing second behind Fabian Cancellara.
A gracious Cancellara congratulates Niki Terpstra on his third place.
Vanmarcke, Cancellara and Terpstra atop the 2013 Paris-Roubaix podium.