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Paris-Roubaix 2014: its race route, its cobble stone zones and the other details of the Hell of the North

Added: tuesday 08 April 2014 at 23:47:00
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    Paris-Roubaix 2014: its race route, its cobble stone zones and the other details of the Hell of the NorthAfter Fabian Cancellara's victory in a sprint of 4 in the Tour of Flanders last Sunday, we'll see in the Hell of the North this Sunday whether Spartacus can make it, like in 2010 and in 2013, a combination win of both races!

    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

    The race which nickname is the Hell of the North is of course known for its cobble stones sections. That's why we'll start with the list of 28 sections which will be part of Paris-Roubaix 2014, with the appreciation ratings Jean-François Pescheux and Thierry Gouvenou awarded to the different sections after their inspection visit on 7 April. This year we'll thus see a cobble stones section but the total cobbled distance is a bit shorter than last year: 51.1 km compared to 52.5 in 2013. As I explained early February, the modification concerns the first sections: the bikes will still start trembling on the section from Troisvilles to Inchy and the 3 following sections will also be the same. However, in Saint-Python the riders will turn left instead of turning right, towards the sections of Haussy (800 m) and Saulzoir (1200 m), which will see the riders of Paris-Roubaix returning after 10 years of absence. A bit further, the riders will find back the section of Famars (1200 m) which had (again) disappeared from the race route after 2012.

    Let's now have a look at the different sections and their appreciation ratings (in bold you'll find the sections which will also be on the race route of the 5th stage of the Tour de France 2014, even though they'll then be taken in the opposite direction):
    28Troisvilles à Inchy2.200 m97,5+++
    27Viesly à Quiévy1.800 m104+++
    26Quiévy à Saint-Python3.700 m107,5++++
    25Saint-Python1.500 m111++
    24Solesmes800 m119,5++
    23Saulzoir1200 m126++
    22Verchain-Maugré à Quérénaing1.600 m130,5+++
    21Quérénaing à Famars1200 m135++
    20Maing à Monchaux-sur-Écaillon1.600 m140,5+++
    19Haveluy à Wallers2.500 m153++++
    18Trouée d'Arenberg2.400 m161,5+++++
    17Wallers à Hélesmes (called Pont Gibus)1.600 m167,5+++
    16Hornaing à Wandignies-Hamage3.700 m174,5++++
    15Warlaing à Brillon2.400 m182+++
    14Tilloy à Sars-et-Rosières2.400 m182++++
    13Beuvry-la-Forêt à Orchies1.400 m191,5+++
    12Orchies1.700 m196,5+++
    11Auchy-lez-Orchies à Bersée2.700 m202,5++++
    10Mons-en-Pévèle3.000 m208+++++
    9Mérignies à Avelin700 m214++
    8Pont-Thibaut à Ennevelin1.400 m217,5+++
    7Templeuve (Moulin-de-Vertain)500 m223,5++
    6Cysoing à Bourghelles1.300 m230++++
    6Bourghelles à Wannehain1.100 m232,5+++
    5Camphin-en-Pévèle1.800 m237++++
    4Carrefour de l'Arbre2.100 m240+++++
    3Gruson1.100 m242++
    2Willems à Hem1.400 m249++
    1Charles Crupelandt, Roubaix300 m256+
    total51,1 km 
    The appreciation ratings are almost the same as last year, but the organisor of Paris-Roubaix especially insist on the situation on the famous Trouée de l'Arenberg (Arenberg forest), saying that the cobblestones of the Trouée d'Arenberg were covered with a layer of moss and grass that could make it even more difficult for riders to stay on their bikes!

    The Paris-Roubaix 2014 race route on Google Maps

    After the start from Compiègne on the Place du Général de Gaulle (in front of the castle), the riders will follow a slightly different track in Compiègne compared to the previous years, via the Rue du Dahomey, the Place Saint-Jacques, the Rue Magenta, the Rue Jean Legendre, the Rue Solférino, the Quai de Harlay, the Rue de Rothschild, the Pont-Neuf, the Rue de Beauvais and the Rue de Noyon. The kilometer 0 will be in Clairoix on the D932/N2032, at 5.7 km from the place where the riders started. They'll then follow the usual race route, via Noyon, Ham and Saint-Quentin, until they leave the cobble stones section of Saint-Python. Indeed, instead of turning right towards the cobble stones section of Vertain, their trip now continues left towards the cobble stones sections of Haussy and Saulzoir after which the riders will get back on the usual race route. That is, until they leave the next cobble stones section, from Verchain to Quérenaing since they'll continue north from there, towards the cobble stones section from Quérénaing to Famars. When they leave Famars they'll get back on the usual race route close to the cobble stones section from Maing to Monchaux, and find the usual second feeding zone in Beuvry-la-Forêt and the finish is as usual in the Vélodrome of Roubaix after a complete lap on the track.

    Hereunder you'll find the itinerary and the race route of Paris-Roubaix 2014 on Google Maps:
    The itinerary of Paris-Roubaix 2014 The map with the Paris-Roubaix 2014 race route on Google Maps

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    You can use this map to make your detailed plans for a visit of Paris-Roubaix 2014. No further excuses possible, you can't tell anyone that the organisor didn't provide enough information! (since I did it instead ;-))

    The Paris-Roubaix 2014 race route in Google Earth

    Do you prefer to watch the Paris-Roubaix 2014 race route in Google Earth? Or would you like to do a virtual fly-over of the Paris-Roubaix 2014 race route as if you were riding the cobbles yourself? Download the following KML file to do so and open it in Google Earth:
    >> Download the Paris-Roubaix 2014 race route in Google Earth
    The Paris-Roubaix 2014 race route

    Remember you can use the Streetview function to get even closer to the roads of this race route. Several cobble stones sections have been visited by Google's car and can thus be explored directly in Google Earth! If the car didn't dare to get on the cobble stones section, you can in most cases at least see the start and the end of the section ...

    The 25 participating teams in Paris-Roubaix 2014

    25 teams will come to the start of Paris-Roubaix 2014: first of all, since this is a UCI WorldTour race, the 18 UCI ProTeams which are (between brackets you'll find their main riders):
    > AG2R La Mondiale (Sébastien Minard, Damien Gaudin, Sébastien Turgot)
    > Astana Pro Team (Borut Bozic)
    > Belkin Pro Cycling Team (Lars Boom, Maarten Tjallingii, Sep Vanmarcke)
    > BMC Racing Team (Thor Hushovd, Taylor Phinney, Greg van Avermaet)
    > Cannondale (Peter Sagan, Maciej Bodnar)
    > FDJ.fr (Mathieu Ladagnous, Yoann Offredo, Arnaud Démare)
    > Garmin-Sharp (Tyler Farrar, David Millar)
    > Lampre-Merida (Filippo Pozzato, Maximiliano Richeze)
    > Lotto-Belisol (Marcel Sieberg, Jurgen Roelandts, Lars Bak)
    > Movistar Team (José Ivan Gutierrez, José Joaquin Rojas)
    > Omega Pharma-QuickStep (Tom Boonen, Stijn Vandenbergh, Zdenek Stybar, Niki Terpstra)
    > Orica-GreenEDGE (Luke Durbridge, Mathew Hayman)
    > Sky Procycling (Edvald Boasson-Hagen, Bradley Wiggins, Geraint Thomas, Ian Stannard)
    > Team Europcar (Jérôme Cousin, Yohann Gène)
    > Team Giant-Shimano (John Degenkolb, Tom Veelers, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg)
    > Team Katusha (Alexander Kristoff, Luca Paolini)
    > Team Tinkoff-Saxo (Daniele Bennati, Matteo Tossato, Michael Morkov)
    > Trek Factory Racing (Fabian Cancellara, Gregory Rast, Stijn Devolder)

    The 7 other teams which have been invited to participate are:
    > the French teams Cofidis, solutions crédits (Adrien Petit, Florian Sénéchal, Julien Fouchard) and Bretagne-Séché Environnement (Brice Feillu, Clément Koretzky)
    > the German Team Netapp-Endura (Jan Barta, Sam Bennett)
    > the Swiss team IAM Cycling (Sylvain Chavanel, Heinrich Haussler, Roger Kluge)
    > the Belgian teams Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise (Kenneth van Bilsen) and Wanty-Groupe Gobert (Bjorn Leukemans)
    > and the American UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling Team (Martijn Maaskant)

    The teaser of Paris-Roubaix 2014

    5 days before Paris-Roubaix 2014, A.S.O. published a video teaser which tries to put you in the mood of Paris-Roubaix already:

    by Thomas Vergouwen
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Currently 8 comments!
  1. Et revoilà Paris-Roubaix !
    Une année de passer !...
    Petit dessin sur mon blog www.crobardsports.blogspot.com
    Je serais certainement pas très loin du carrefour e l'arbre dimanche.
    Je réside à BAISIEUX
    Honoré Bonnet

    | HONORÉ BONNET | friday 11 April 2014 at 15:58:03

  2. Merci !! toujours top !!

    | minard | friday 11 April 2014 at 20:03:12

  3. Encore un duel BOONEN...CANCELLARA ou FLECHA demain ?

    | DUBAR | saturday 12 April 2014 at 11:04:43

  4. Avec en prime de magnifiques photos en perspective !
    Petite virée sur les pavés du carrefour de l'arbre hier en vélo...un pavé "piégeux"...surtout sur les bas-côtés...Heureusement, on annonce une météo...sans pluie !

    | HONORÉ BONNET | saturday 12 April 2014 at 11:40:07

  5. PS : il y aura surement encore des chutes demain , espérons que ce sera pas grave, sutout qu'il pleuve pas , que le temps se maintienne comme il est là !!!!
    CANCELLERA......s'il es en tête à le fin des secteurs pavés, vu que c'est un excellent rouleur, poursuiveur, personne pourra le battre, mais sur le plat, le route ....donc sortie des pavés, ça fait 30 ans que je me poste à MONS EN PEVELE
    pour rien au monde , je manquerais cela !!!!le plus dangereux ce sont ces petits pavés qui effleurent ...à peine sur les bas côtés, c'est traitre .....
    ou le manque de joint entre des pavés....que la pluie soit absente pour celle très fête du cyclisme , je pense que TOM BOONEN voudra sa revanche de la semaine passée au tour des FLANDRES, CANCELLARA ET BOONEN vont se surveiller de très près !!!!

    | DUBAR | saturday 12 April 2014 at 16:37:24

  6. Ŕ quel endroit puis-je trouver la liste des coureurs ainsi que leur dossard ?

    Merci beaucoup,
    d'un Québecois qui suit votre site régulièrement que je trouve d'ailleurs très bien fait et très informatif rapidement !

    | Pierre Mailhiot | sunday 13 April 2014 at 3:48:03

  7. @Pierre, cette année je n'ai malheureusement pas eu le temps d'écrire un article avec la liste des partants, pensant -peut-être à tort- que tout le monde le trouverait bien ailleurs.

    Rendez-vous donc sur le site officiel de la course pour retrouver la liste des partants avec les numéros de dossard.

    Si tout se passe bien, vous trouverez dans la journée -en live pendant la course donc- une sélection de photos sur velowire.com !

    | Thomas Vergouwen | sunday 13 April 2014 at 5:12:15

  8. il fallait s'attendre à la fatigue de CANCELLARA ou DE BOONEN, il y a qu'une semaine de repos entre les classiques , les organismes sont rincés , fatigués,
    ce sont des hommes pas des machines, je tire mon chapeau à tous ces coureurs du premier au dernier, aujourd'hui....j'étais au carrefour de l'arbre, QUELLE POUSSIERE !!!!!! LA POUSSIERE VOLAIT PARTOUT !!!!!

    | DUBAR | sunday 13 April 2014 at 17:26:38

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