On Sunday, Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Niki Terpstra won the biggest race of his career — the most prestigious monument of cycling — in commanding fashion when he won the Paris-Roubaix solo.
With three OPQS riders in an 11 rider select group approaching 6 kilometers to go, including Tom Boonen and Zdenek Stybar, Terpstra decided to take matters into his own hands.
It looked to be very close in the final kilometers. Terpstra’s gap was down to less than 9″ inside 4.5km to go. However, Terpstra’s teammates helped to control the pace of the chasing group behind, and he continued to go full gas. As a result of his fantastic effort on a perfectly timed attack, he reached the Roubaix velodrome with a gap between 16 and 20 seconds.
Watch the video below that shows this amazing win, emotions and behind the scenes footage of the Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team.
Photo – OPQS/Tim de Waele