Cancellara wins Paris-Roubaix for 3rd time

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Associated Press

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 7:02 AM

ROUBAIX, France (AP) — Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland edged Sep Vanmarcke in a final sprint to win the Paris-Roubaix cobblestone classic for a third time on Sunday.

Cancellara was the heavy favorite for the 158-mile race following the withdrawal of Tom Boonen and Peter Sagan.

The RadioShack Leopard rider held off Vanmarcke to win in 5 hours, 46 minutes, 13 seconds.

It was Cancellara's third major WorldTour victory in the last three weeks after the E3 Harelbeke event and the Ronde of Flanders.

Niki Terpstra edged Greg Van Avermaet for third place, 31 seconds behind Cancellara.

Zdenek Stybar had been pushing the leading duo, but his chances were ended when he clipped a fan about 10 miles from the finish. He finished sixth.

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