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Photo gallery: The dust and the drama of the 2017 Paris-Roubaix

Photography by Kristof Ramon & Ashley and Jered Gruber | Words by Matt de Neef

  • radikaz

    wonderful pictures that showed their moods of their race

  • Sascha

    Just fantastic pictures…what can I say…

  • MadBlack

    Amazing pictures! Observation – to be in the mix at Roubaix you need to have auxillary brake levers on the bars it seems. GVA, Stybar & Degenkolb at the very least had these fitted.

    • slowK

      Assuming the cabling is Euro (right brake lever to rear brake), if the riders only have one extra brake lever, why do most seem be for the rear brake, rather than the front (which has more stopping power)?

      Fantastic pics again. Love the one of Hayman’s son.

      • Andrew

        Probably because they just need to shrug off a little speed….having only a front lever when riding on the tops would likely render them more likely to have a front-wheel slide out on the slippery dust that coats the cobbles.

        • slowK

          Traction – makes sense. Thanks.

      • Paolo

        modulation. You brake on cobbles to make sure your wheel isn’t crossing with the wheel in front. So not much stopping power needed.
        No front brake because your steering will get forced while it is absolutely important to let your bike choose a bit of its own path on the cobbles and not force it when e.g. bike wants to slide of the side of a cobble.

        • slowK

          Thanks

  • TrollKiller

    Excellent work.

  • Patrick Murphy

    As well as a great race with great riders I think we should also feel lucky to have guys shooting these images, they are just superb.

  • David Bonnett

    A battle of attrition in every sense.

  • Ashok Captain

    Thank you CT!

  • cthenn

    Excellent photographs. Too bad PR is now the “Heck of the North”, being a dustbowl every year. Will we ever see another muddy PR?

  • carmine tondi

    Have you noticed when Van Avermaet lost his Powerunit? Maybe in the crash?

    • exFictitiouZ

      I believe his SRM head unit is attached to bike #1 which needed to be replaced before Arenberg. He didn’t take it to his bike #2

  • lefthandside

    Wow. Thankyou.

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