John Degenkolb's perfect Paris-Roubaix ride

The German sprinter played his tactics to near perfection to take his second Monument of the year

John Degenkolb wins the 2015 Paris-Roubaix

(Image credit: Watson)

John Degenkolb's Paris-Roubaix win came thanks to a combination of luck, tactics and speed – a perfect mixture on Sunday in northern France.

The 26-year-old of Germany's team Giant-Alpecin rode solo to the lead duo of Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Yves Lampaert (Etixx-Quick Step) with 6km to race and after the group grew in numbers, sprinted to the win. It was his second monument of the 2015 season after winning Milan-San Remo on March 22.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.