Gallery: The dust and determination of the men’s Paris-Roubaix

by Iain Treloar

photography by Gruber Images

The appeal of Paris-Roubaix is multi-faceted. The race’s prestige and history makes it transcendental. The rugged, industrial beauty of its surrounds – juxtaposed with the technicolour chaos of the peloton – makes it a visual feast, regardless of whether it’s raced in the dust or the damp. The resilience of the riders makes it a compendium of deeply human stories.

But as broad as the story is, there’s a tightly-coiled core to it: get to the end. Make it to the velodrome. Don’t stop pedalling. Onward.

This year’s race was defined by a tactical masterclass from Ineos, culminating in Dylan van Baarle soloing to the line from just under 20 km to go. Behind him, Wout Van Aert capped a remarkable recovery from COVID to finish second, and Stefan Küng – Mr Classics Consistency of 2022 – rounded out the podium.

Through the lenses of Jered and Ashley Gruber, this is the story of those riders, and many others.

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