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by Matt de Neef
April 6, 2018
Photography by Cor Vos
NEWS & RACING BROUGHT TO YOU BY CHAPTER2 BIKES
The Queen of the Classics, L’enfer du Nord, The Hell of the North – the many nicknames of Paris-Roubaix reflect its reputation as probably the hardest one-day race in the world. The cobbles, the dirt, the mud, the crashes; it’s a race that captures the attention like few others. For this piece we trawled the archives to find some images that capture just how hard Paris-Roubaix is. Enjoy!
The 2018 edition of Paris-Roubaix is 257km long and takes the riders from Compiègne to Roubaix. Along the way they’ll face 29 cobbled sectors of varying degrees of brutality, for a total of 54.5 cobbled kilometres.
QuickStep Floors go in as the team to beat, thanks to the in-form Niki Terpstra (winner of the 2014 edition and the recent Tour of Flanders) and perhaps three teammates who are also capable of winning the race (Philippe Gilbert, Zdenek Stybar and Yves Lampaert). Defending champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) is also among the favourites, so too the three-time world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe), a rider who hasn’t quite cracked the code at Roubaix just yet.
Of course, predicting winners in bike races is a fraught exercise, particularly when you’re talking about a cobbled Monument like Paris-Roubaix; a race in which so much can go wrong so quickly. There are any number of riders who could create history and win the 2018 Paris-Roubaix. In the meantime, join us as we take a look back at the past winners of this legendary event.