Perhaps the only chance of getting the long awaited wet Paris-Roubaix is to move the race to January

AG2R’S cobble recon gives us a fleeting, covetous glimpse of a wet Roubaix

by Ronan Mc Laughlin

photography by Team AG2R Citroen / KBLB


Team training camps and launches help to build the excitement ahead of race season, but nothing can excite classics fans quite like a Roubaix recon.

AG2R is a new-look team for 2021. With a refocus on the classics, new bikes, new sponsors and a raft of new signings signal the long-standing French team’s intentions.

Two of these new signings, Greg Van Avermaet and Gijs Van Hoecke, joined Oliver Naesen for a Paris-Roubaix recon on Thursday. The three riders rode 87km of the “Hell of the North” testing the team’s new equipment and specifically the tire and wheel setups.  

With last year’s Roubaix postponed to October before eventually being cancelled and with no wet Roubaix since 2001, these images of the riders charging over the wet and cold cobbles has really got us excited for the months ahead.

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