Sky's Cobbled Classics season culminates with Paris-Roubaix on Sunday, April 9. The team's key Classics riders undertook a recon of the important rough road sectors ahead of the race.
Welshman Luke Rowe said that he was 'really gutted' after crashing out of contention in the Tour of Flanders. He'll be looking for something more for the team on Sunday.
Team Sky's 2017 Paris-Roubaix squad includes three race debutants, with British riders Owain Doull and Jon Dibben taking part for the first time.
Having placed third in last year's edition of Paris-Roubaix, Ian Stannard will naturally fill the role of Sky's lead rider this year. Can he better last year's result to become the most successful British rider in the history of the race?
Much of the landscape around the Paris-Roubaix route could be described as bleak. Open fields provide little in the way of shelter when the wind blows.
With the weather forecast for this week set to be dry, and Sunday's forecast actually looking something like a mini-heatwave, it will be dust rather than mud that will provide a challenge for the riders on the cobbled sectors of Paris-Roubaix.
The 2.1-kilometre cobbled sector of Carrefour de l'Arbre comes near the end of the race and can often be crucial in shaping the final selection of riders. Team Sky evidently did not want to miss it out from their recon.