He was an 800-to-one outsider but in the end it was Matthew Hayman's day as he pipped four-times winner Tom Boonen to the post in the most exciting Paris-Roubaix finale for years.
It was a dream come true for the 37-year-old Australian who said he had missed the races leading up to Roubaix due to a broken arm sustained five weeks ago.
"This is my favourite race. It's a race I dream of every year. This year I didn't even dare to dream," he told the BBC.
Sunday's race was Hayman's 15th Paris-Roubaix and he is only the second Australian to win in the event's history. The previous winner was Stuart O'Grady in 2007.
The race lived up to its name as the Hell of the North with a pileup on the notorious Arenberg Trench cobbled sector which resulted in Elia Viviani of Team Sky being taken to hospital with chest pains following a collision with a motorbike.
One-day race specialist Fabian Cancellara came off twice - once on a cobbled sector and again while cycling around the Roubaix velodrome with a giant flag celebrating his final Paris-Roubaix.