The hardmen should shine at the 106th Paris-Roubaix on Sunday. The likes of Tom Boonen, Stijn Devolder, Juan Antonio Flecha, Thor Hushovd, and Magnus Backstedt will benefit from the wet and cold conditions that are predicted for tomorrow morning's edition of the Hell of the North. I'm putting my money on Flecha, who showed great form in getting a podium spot at Ronde van Vlaanderen and was also strong in support of Oscar Freire at Gent-Wevelgem. He's also done well here in the past. He was second to Stuart O'Grady last year and third to Boonen in 2005. On top of that the entire Rabobank squad has been super strong this spring.
Tom Boonen has also had good form this Spring but has nothing to show for it. Quick Step has also been strong so if they can get Boonen to an appropriate launch pad in the last 40km or get him to the finish with something left in his legs he could win.
As far as the other favourites, you can't count Cancellara out but he seems to have lost a bit of form since the blazing start to his season. My dark horse is Magnus Backstedt. He won't have alto of support but if he can follow the favourites you just never know. And it would be great seeing the Slipstream argyle on the podium. You can't count out George Hincapie. He has some decent support particularly in Roger Hammond and Servais Knaven and his fifth place at Ronde showed he is also on form.
For betting types here are the odds from Unibet.com (thanks to PezCycling):
Van Avermaet 60.00