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Paris-Roubaix 2015: its race route, its cobble stones sections and the other details of the Hell of the North

Added: wednesday 08 April 2015 at 20:43:00
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    Paris-Roubaix 2015: its race route, its cobble stones sections and the other details of the Hell of the NorthOne 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 27 cobble stones sections of Paris-Roubaix 2015

    With a race route which is identical to the one in 2013, the cobble stones sections will also be the same. The difficulty notes which have been awarded to these cobble stones sections are also almost the same as in 2013, the Hornaing section (16) is the only one which has been judged more difficult with a note up from 3 to 4 while the one from Cysoing to Bourghelles (6) loses one point in terms of difficulty to get from 4 to 3.

    3 of these 27 cobble stones sections will also be part of the final part of the 4th stage of the Tour de France 2015: 25/ Quievy (3700 m), 24/ Saint-Python (1500 m) and 22/ Verchain-Maugré (1600 m).

    27Troisvilles2.200 m98,5+++
    26Viesly1.800 m105+++
    25Quiévy3.700 m108++++
    24Saint-Python1.500 m112,5++
    23Vertain2.300 m120,5+++
    22Verchain-Maugré1.600 m130+++
    21Quérénaing à Maing2.500 m133,5+++
    20Monchaux-sur-Écaillon1.600 m136,5+++
    19Haveluy2.500 m149,5++++
    18Trouée d'Arenberg2.400 m158+++++
    17Wallers à Hélesmes, called "Pont Gibus"1.600 m164+++
    16Hornaing3.700 m170,5++++
    15Warlaing à Brillon2.400 m178+++
    14Tilloy à Sars-et-Rosières2.400 m181,5++++
    13Beuvry-la-Forêt à Orchies1.400 m188+++
    12Orchies1.700 m193+++
    11Auchy-lez-Orchies à Bersée2.700 m199++++
    10Mons-en-Pévèle3.000 m204,5+++++
    9Mérignies à Avelin700 m210,5++
    8Pont-Thibaut1.400 m214+++
    7Templeuve (Moulin-de-Vertain)500 m220++
    6Cysoing à Bourghelles1.300 m226,5+++
    6Bourghelles à Wannehain1.100 m229+++
    5Camphin-en-Pévèle1.800 m233,5++++
    4Carrefour de l'Arbre2.100 m236,5+++++
    3Gruson1.100 m238,5++
    2Hem1.400 m245,5++
    1Charles Crupelandt, Roubaix300 m252+

    And to give you an idea of how it is to cross a cobble stones section, I share Florent Ligney's video on Kinomap below which, despite the fact that the camera is partially covered by mud, gives a good idea of the vibrations on the bike. The Trouée d'Arenberg simply seems to be a straight line on the map, but it's not as easy as it seems ...

    The Paris-Roubaix 2015 race route on Google Maps

    After the start from Compiègne on the Place du Général de Gaulle, the riders will follow the Rue du Dahomey, Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, Rue Solférino, Rue de Clermont and the Rue de Noyon in Compiègne. The real start will be in Clairoix on the D932. The riders will than follow, via Ham and Saint-Quentin, the usual race route to get to the first cobble stones section from Troisville to Inchy. The cobble stones sections will follow up on each other until Monchaux-sur-Ecaillon where the riders will get on a short road section via Thiant and Denain before they get on a succession of cobble stones sections again starting in Haveluy.
    In total, the riders will have 52.7 kilometers of cobbles (in 2013, A.S.O. talked about 52.5 kilometers because the distance measures seemed to be much more precise, the lengths have now been rounded at hundreds of meters) and the riders will find two feeding zones, in Solesmes and in Beuvry-la-Forêt. The finish will, as usual, be at the Velodrome in Roubaix after a complet lap on the track. The organisor of Paris-Roubaix planned a possible finish in the covered velodrome this year in case of bad weather, but looking at the weather forecast which says it should be fine this year, this option will not be used.

    Hereunder you'll find the time- and route schedule and the race route on Google Maps for Paris-Roubaix 2015:
    The time- and route schedule of Paris-Roubaix 2015 The map with the Paris-Roubaix 2015 race route on Google Maps

    Paris-Roubaix 2015

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    You can use this map to plan your visit of Paris-Roubaix 2015 completely in detail. No excuses anymore for not having enough detailed information provided by the organisor!

    The Paris-Roubaix 2015 race route in Google Earth

    Do you prefer to watch the Paris-Roubaix 2015 race route in Google Earth? Or would you like to do a virtual fly-over of the Paris-Roubaix 2015 race route as if you were riding the cobbles yourself? Download the KML file below and open it in Google Earth to do so:
    >> Download the Paris-Roubaix 2015 race route in Google Earth
    The Paris-Roubaix 2015 race route

    Don't forget that you can use the Streetview function to see everything from even more up close. Many cobble stones sections have been visited by the Google car and can thus be seen directly in Google Earth! If the car didn't dare to get on a cobble stones section, you can at least see the entrance and the end of the section in most cases ...

    The 25 teams starting in Paris-Roubaix 2015

    25 teams will be at the start of Paris-Roubaix 2015: first of all of course, because of the UCI WorldTour status, the 17 UCI ProTeams which are AG2R La Mondiale, Astana Pro Team, BMC Racing Team, Etixx-QuickStep, FDJ, IAM Cycling, Lampre-Merida, Lotto-Soudal, Movistar Team, Orica-GreenEDGE, Team Cannondale-Garmin, Team Giant-Alpecin, Team Katusha, Team LottoNL-Jumbo, Team Sky, Tinkoff-Saxo and Trek Factory Racing.

    The 8 other teams which will be present are Bora-Argon 18, Bretagne-Séché Environnement, Cofidis solutions crédits, MTN-Qhubeka, Team Europcar, Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling Team and Wanty-Groupe Gobert.

    by Thomas Vergouwen
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Currently 10 comments!
  1. Bonjour à tous !
    J'ai parcouru le secteur pavé du Carrefour de l'arbre hier à vélo, la première portion (avant le restaurant) est très très piègeuse...
    Espérons du beau temps

    | Honoré Bonnet | thursday 09 April 2015 at 8:48:40

  2. Bonjour, Good afternoon,

    is it possible that the Google Earth file is the one from 2013? Or is the parcours just the same as two years ago? I can see that it's different from last year.

    Thank you!

    | Maarten | thursday 09 April 2015 at 16:58:49

  3. @Maarten: dat klopt, zoals in het artikel beschreven is het parcours hetzelfde als in 2013 / indeed, as described in the article, the race route is identical to the one in 2013.

    | Thomas Vergouwen | thursday 09 April 2015 at 19:59:16

  4. Hallo,
    Is het mogelijk de renners meerdere keren onderweg te zien, liefst natuurlijk op de kasseien? En graag nog naar Roubaix...
    Liefst zonder ongelukken en verkeerboetes.
    Bedankt voor de tips!

    | Roland Van Moer | thursday 09 April 2015 at 21:41:46

  5. @Roland : dat is inderdaad mogelijk, maar niet echt makkelijk. Op basis van de kaart in dit artikel kunt u het beste zelf kijken waar u de wedstrijd zou kunnen zien en vervolgens op een veilige manier via andere wegen (zonder het parcours te kruisen) naar een andere locatie zou kunnen gaan om de renners nogmaals te zien.

    Zorg er in ieder geval voor dat u nooit zelf over de kasseistroken hoeft, ook al weet u zeker dat de renners achter u zullen zijn. Zonder accreditatie is dat namelijk in veel gevallen niet mogelijk.

    Zoals u zult begrijpen waag ik me er niet aan precies aan te geven hoe en waar te kijken en langs te rijden want als het dan mis gaat zou het mijn schuld zijn ;-).

    | Thomas Vergouwen | thursday 09 April 2015 at 22:18:42

  6. OK bedankt!
    Dat wordt eerst de kaarten goed bestuderen en dan proberen!
    Laat ons vooral zondag genieten van een fantastische koers, voor mij de mooiste van allemaal. Als supporter van Roger De Vlaeminck lijkt dit logisch, de enige echte Monsieur Paris Roubaix.

    | Roland Van Moer | friday 10 April 2015 at 13:54:23

  7. I am not a gambler, but bet on Alexander Kristoff last weekend. I would love Bradley Wiggins to do it, but my money will be on Kristoff again.

    | Rob Wright | friday 10 April 2015 at 19:24:51

  8. Bonjour à tous !
    Le soleil est de la partie. Après une bonne nuit de rêve ou de cauchemar pour les coureurs....
    Bonne journée à tous !

    | Honoré Bonnet | sunday 12 April 2015 at 8:51:44

  9. De voorlaatste kasseistrook van Hem (1400 m, 2 sterren) gaat op termijn verdwijnen. Er gebeuren teveel ongelukken op dit relatief drukke weggedeelte. Mede daarom wordt het weggedeelte geasfalteerd. Het goede nieuws is dat er een vervangende kasseistrook wordt aangelegd die meer dan 2 keer zo lang is. De strook zal naar verwachting meer dan 3200 meter lang zijn en zal iets ten zuiden van de huidige strook lopen. De verwachting is dat de finale van Parijs-Roubaix van 2022 over deze strook zal gaan. Het eerste gedeelte van deze nieuwe kasseistrook is al voltooid. Foto's en een artikel: http://www.lavoixdunord.fr/region/hem-un-nouvel-itineraire-et-des-paves-comme-neufs-pour-ia24b58793n3139585 en https://www.facebook.com/Les-Amis-de-Paris-Roubaix-489338137787490/

    | Alberto | wednesday 16 December 2015 at 11:07:31

  10. Hier een ander artikel over deze nieuwe strook: http://www.velo101.com/pros/article/parisroubaix-un-final-bientot-durci-pour-parisroubaix--13759

    | Alberto | friday 08 January 2016 at 8:21:16

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