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  • Podium on Roubaix!

  • Deryck Walker

    First?

    • Blybo

       Yep. Get a screen shot of that while you can.

  • Sven Nijs

    Another great article Wade. Good to see you’re all having a good time and have your own video crew! Enjoy the big day tomorrow.

  • lekoshe

    What’s that stray right hand doing … ?

  • jules

    lol at the finish line photos. how cold were the showers wade?

  • Anonymous

    ‘TORNADO TOM FRITS’ is the new DIRK HOFMAN MOTORHOMES.

    • wom

      Yea, but he’s not trying to sell something. Tornado Tom refers to Boonen, but I wonder why he adds Frits to it. Maybe it’s his name?

      • RoubaixTonight

        Isn’t it ambush marketing for Tornado Fries? (Frits) Tom is just there in small letters.

      • a different ben

        I’ll take inrng’s word on it: http://pages.citebite.com/t1b6r4o6e8jpf

      • He is selling Frits by capitalising on Tommeke’s name

  • I’d love to know how those cobbles compare with a proper Australian corrugated dirt road.

    I’m planning on some big sections of unsealed roads on my ride tomorrow, and I’m planning on being very enthusiastic after watching the race tonight.

    • a different ben

      I want to know how they compare to Melbun-Roobaix cobbles! Every morning out my back gate on my bike to work I like to think I taste a little of the pavé…

      • They’re rougher and more jaded than the ones in the back alleys of Melbourne. 2km sections of cobbles don’t sound like far, but it’s an eternity when trying to hold onto something that feels like a jackhammer. After it’s done you get a few minutes of rest and then you hit another section. This goes on for 257kms with 27 cobbled sectors.

  • Tom W

    The cobbles of France have been there centuries, and the science of picking and laying them down is beyond the logic of mere mortals.

    Some of the roads are used often, but most neglected from year to year. The are odd shapes, and unforgiving, shiny where cars travel on them, dirty and with grass growing through some of them.

    I was lucky back in the mid 80’s to compete in the U23 race on 3 occasions, finishing twice. Two years ago with friends I did the first ASO version, and there is a huge difference to racing on these, and just surviving.

    Good on ya Wade, brought back some memories i’d like to forget, but heaps of great ones. Of mateship, courage and determination. There was no designer cycle wear, no fancy customised bikes, not an espresso in sight,  just a tool to retighten the saddle/seat post, nights soaking ones backside in vinegar to HTFU and lot’s of tough working class sportsmen who never complained.

    P.S. Wade, don’t try and bring a piece of Páve back, the smallest bit I could find weighed around 4kgs.

    • I wanted to bring one of the small cobble trophies home but even that weighed a couple kg’s!

      • Tricky Dicky

        So some on CT – it’s race day … Atmosphere? Weather report? Local smokeys?

        I’m very jealous.

  • Frank

    no apologies for celebrating on the line. shameful

  • Adam Fuller

    Spring Classics. 10 deg! We are so soft in Sydney.

  • Johndivver

    Excellent article, astonishingly good pictures. Thank yu!

  • Bracks_ashat

    Good to see I’m not the only poseur.

  • Brad Floyd

    Thanks CT – In following for a couple of years, best post I’ve read on cyclingtips. Awesome photos – captured the spirit of Paris Roubaix!

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