Posted April 08, 2012 on
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Belgian rider Tom Boonen has won the Paris-Roubaix race for a record-tying fourth time, successfully breaking away from the pack about 35 miles from the end of Sunday's one-day classic.
The 2005 world champion crossed the finish line alone, before five chasing riders had reached the velodrome in the northern French town of Roubaix.
Boonen shook four fingers over his head as he crossed the line in front of a cheering crowd, in celebration of his tying the record four victories in cycling's toughest one-day race set by his countryman Roger de Vlaeminck in the 1970s.
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