There were two big favorites at the start of the 114th edition of Paris-Roubaix: Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) and Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo). Even though other riders were "marked" as well, we were pretty much expecting these two guys to be present in the decisive part of the race. While a breakaway with some strong guys was leading the race, a crash in the peloton however made an end to the dream of these two favorites because they ended up in the second part of the peloton and were no longer able to catch up with the breakaway which merged with a part of the first peloton. A crash even definitively brings an end to the dream of a good classification in the Queen stage of the classics for Fabian Cancellara.
The selection on the cobble stones sections ends up by with a small group of 5 coureurs, Tom Boonen, Luke Rowe, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Sep Vanmarcke and Mathew Hayman and it becomes evident at about twenty ...
Tomorrow, 199 riders of 25 different teams will start in Compiègne for 257.5 kilometers of racing, including 52.8 kilometers on cobble stones (see the Paris-Roubaix 2016 race route on Google Maps). This will be the 114th edition of Paris-Roubaix and it will start without last year's winner, John Degenkolb ...
Starting in Compiègne, the weather should be dry but potentially still with some fog which will disappear progressively. While early this week the weather reports still mentioned rain during the race (which would have been a first since several years!), this will finally not be the case and the riders will thus get on the cobbles towards Roubaix under a dry sky, but without much sun.
The queen of the classics,; Paris-Roubaix 2016, will take place this Sunday. For the 114th edition of the race, the organisor chose to keep a similar route as the 2015 race route (which was identical to the 2013 race route) when the race was won by John Degenkolb, but there's one modification: the cobble stones section number 22, Verchain-Maugré, has been turned in for the Capelle-Ruesnes section which is partially uphill at the "Hameau du Buat". Situated in the first part of the cobble stones programme, this change shouldn't have a real impact on the result of the race.
In the Hell of the North all small things can however come disturb the race for one of the riders or maybe the contrary, help another one. So, nothing's sure beforehand: Sunday everything will be decided on the cobbles ...
The 27 cobble stones sections of Paris-Roubaix 2016
John Degenkolb (Team Giant-Alpecin) probably dreamed as much of it as Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky). While the British rider would have hoped to end his professional cycling career on a victory at Paris-Roubaix, the Germand rider kept in mind the bad taste of the second place last year. As one of the riders in a small groupe of 7 riders at the entrance of the Vélodrome in Roubaix, John Degenkolb showed his sprinters qualities and thus managed to cross the finish line first when the breakaway crossed it for the second time on the track!
The summary of Paris-Roubaix 2015
After several unsuccessful breakaway attempts,, nine riders formed today's breakaway after an attack at kilometer 34 under the sun which was shining on the roads of Paris-Roubaix 2015 today!
Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha), Niki Terpstra (Etixx-QuickStep), Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky), Sep Vanmarcke (Team LottoNL-Jumbo), Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team), Sebastian Langeveld (Team Cannondale-Garmin), Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) or Lars Boom (Astana Pro Team) or even some other outsider ... the list of potential winners of Paris-Roubaix 2015 is quite long since there's no real favourite.
Kristoff is a serial winner these past few weeks but will the Norwegian rider also be able to perform on the cobble stones of the Hell of the North? (see the Paris-Roubaix race route and all the details of the 27 cobble stones sectors here)
Without any distinction, without announcing a favourite, you'll thus find below the partici ...
One of the most famous classics races, Paris-Roubaix 2015, will take place this Sunday. For this 113th edition of the race, the organisor chose to repeat the 2013 race route when it was won by Fabian Cancellara who got the double win of the Tour of Flanders - Paris-Roubaix.
This year, Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) made the race his biggest goal, just before he says goodbye to his professional road cycling career. If there's a double win with the Tour of Flanders again this year, Alexander Kristoff (who also won the Grand Prix de l'Escaut/Scheldeprijs today) would win the race, but is the Norwegian rider of Team Katusha able to be the first out of the cobbles and on the velodrome of Roubaix?
In the Hell of the North, even a small thing can come disturb the race for one or several riders. Therefore, nothing's sure beforehand, we'll see this Sunday on the cobble stones what the race will bring ...
The first reaction of Niki Terpstra, first Dutch winner of Paris-Roubaix after Servais Knaven in 2001, maybe best resumed the Hell of the North, version 2014. Indeed, after the queen of the classics, the rider of the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team, declared being very happy .. and very tired!
It was a fatiguing race which remained undecided until the end on the cobbles between Compiègne and the Vélodrome of Roubaix this afternoon which didn't see the big favourite Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing), but a Dutch rider win this race for the first time since 13 years!
The summary of Paris-Roubaix 2014
At 10.15AM, 199 riders started in the 112th edition of Paris-Roubaix and when they got to the km 0 in Clairoix, there were immediately several attacks but we had to wait until the ...> Read the whole story | 2 comments | shown 2498x
In this article you'll find the Paris-Roubaix 2014 race route on Google Maps and in Google Earth as well as the details of the 28 cobble stones sections which will be part of this 112th edition of Paris-Roubaix and in which we see some changes compared to last year.
The race route will be slightly different from last year: there will now be 28 cobble stones sections (one more than last year) and with 257 kilometers, the total distance is hardly any longer.
The 28 cobble stones sections of Paris-Roubaix 2014
There was quite some news in the cycling world this week, like for example the announcement of La Course by Le Tour de France, a new women's race, the first informations about Paris-Roubaix 2014, but also the first edition of the Dubai Tour and the start of the cycling season in France for example.
In this article, we'll have a quick look at these different news items, in case you missed them or simply to allow you to comment them if you want to!
La Course by Le Tour de France: a very partial ... Le Tour Entier?
Last Saturday, ASO quite proudly announced a new women's race, La Course by Le Tour de France, of which the organisor already announces that the event is destined to become an iconic race in the women's calendar!
It was at the very last moment that Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Leopard) won the 111th edition of Paris-Roubaix last Sunday, beating in the sprint Sep Vanmarcke (Blanco Pro Cycling Team).
Before that, several breakaways animated the race which remained undecided for quite some time. Let's look back at the Hell of the North, 2013 edition!
The summary of Paris-Roubaix 2013 in video
As you might have read in the summary of Paris-Roubaix 2013, it all started with a first breakaway of 13 riders who were however taken back even before they got onto the first cobble stones section.
A new breakaway was formed with Stuart O'Grady (Orica-GreenEDGE), Matthew Hayman (Team Sky) and Gert Steegmans (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) and Clément Koretzky ...> Read the whole story | 1 comment | shown 4904x