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We’re deep in it. Ronde van Vlaanderen has been won and run, with an emotional victory and some gutsy performances across the cobbled climbs of Flanders. Now, the cycling world turns its attention to arguably the best known – and most notorious – one day classic of them all, Paris–Roubaix. We can’t wait.
On the site this week:
Looking forward – Matt de Neef previews this weekend’s Paris-Roubaix. Looking back – Neal Rogers ‘Weekly Spin’ column this week analysed the standout rides of the thrilling Tour of Flanders, while Dane Cash took a closer look at the team tactics from EF Education First that made Alberto Bettiol’s victory possible.
Caley Fretz, on the ground in Flanders, got cosy with the team as they celebrated and emerged with this fantastic piece on the man of the moment, Bettiol.
On the tech front, James Huang’s latest JRA column looked at the new brand Viathon, assessing the intangible – ‘soul’ – and what it means to the marketing of bike brands. Together with a raft of industry experts, we peered into the crystal ball to consider what WorldTour bike tech might look like in five years.
Specialized launched the latest generation of their popular Roubaix model; we took a first look at it, and sat down with the engineers responsible for a long and in-depth discussion. And finally, Dave Rome reviewed the Grove R.A.D – a new Australian-designed gravel-bike/all-rounder, while James took a close look at Easton’s EC90 Aero55 Disc wheelset.
OK. Enough preamble. Time for the rubber to hit the road. How will you do this week?
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Bonus question: which rider has finished on the podium at Paris-Roubaix the most times?