Switzerland’s Fabian Cancelllara of RadioShack won the prestigious Paris-Roubaix Spring Classic in a record time on Sunday. The winner from 2006 and 2010 took the gruelling 254km “Queen of the Classics” race in a sprint climax ahead of Belgian Sep Vanmarcke, in the process setting a new record average pace of 44.190 kilometres an hour.

“At the end it was like roulette,” reflected Cancellera on the dash for the line which he claimed by the length of a bike.