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Wiggins crossed the line on the famous Roubaix velodrome in 18th position, but his fans had their hearts in their mouths as the 2012 Tour de France winner launched an improbable attack with 32km to go.
For a couple of sweet kilometres, Wiggins looked as if he may time trial his way to Roubaix, but unfortunately the likes of Etixx-Quick Step and Lotto-Soudal had other ideas.
Wiggo attacked off the front of a straight cobbled section and sped off up the road in search of Etixx’s Stijn Vandenbergh, catching him relatively easily. Lotto’s Jens Debuscherre then caught the pair and Wiggins’s new riding partners weren’t exactly willing to help him out.
Gradually Wiggins was brought back into the fold and couldn’t contend in the fascinating finale in which John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) out-sprinted Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-Quick Step).