Paris-RoubaixOn Sunday the 13th of April 2014 the bunch set off for the 112th edition of Paris-Roubaix, the third of 5 Monuments on the cycling calender. (Route maps)

Also, known as the ‘Hell of the North’, Paris Roubaix is one of the oldest and one of the most difficult one day races with riders having to endure a daunting gauntlet of cobbled sectors before the race finish in the Roubaix Velodrome.

A perfect blend of positioning, power and tactical nous are required if a rider is to lift the famous cobblestone trophy awarded to the victor, not too mention a large slice of luck. Given the conditions, mechanical issues are unavoidable in Roubaix, the timing of which can be the difference between winning and losing.

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Niki Terpstra wins RoubaixNiki Terpstra took the biggest victory of his career in the Roubaix velodrome, 20 seconds ahead of the group of favourites after an intriguing edition of the race. Terpstra's attack came late on, but the build up to that moment was absolutely fascinating.

Paris-Roubaix 2014Sunday, April 13th marks the 112th edition of Paris-Roubaix . A Sunday in Hell as the old movie called it. This year's race will have added interest for grand tour riders with 9 of the race's cobbled sectors being used in stage 5 of this year's Tour de France. Cyclingstage takes a look at what lies in store for the riders in "Hell".

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Tom Boonen Paris RoubaixSunday, April 13 - Possibly the toughest Classic on the calender with over 50 kilometres of cobbles to navigate. Fabian Cancellara is the defending champion and Tom Boonen is, along with Roger De Vlaeminck, the record holder for most victories. Cancellara the opportunity to equal this but Boonen has the chance to put himself in a league of his own. Cyclingstage.com has the startlist for this year's Hell of the North here.

Tom Boonen Paris-Roubaix FavouriteParis-Roubaix is one of the toughest races on the calender, and it takes the toughest individual to win in 'Hell'. So much can go against riders attempting to win and for every success story like that of Tom Boonen, there is also a sob story, like that of Thor Hushovd who has targeted the race every year without tasting victory. Cyclingstage.com takes a look at the riders likely to be in the mix for victory in 2014.

Fabian Cancellara Paris-RoubaixParis-Roubaix is one of the oldest cycling classics. The 'Hell of the North', as it is often referred to, is one of the toughest races on the cycling calender and suits the strong men of the peloton. It is therefore no surprise that Belgians have dominated the race since the first edition in 1896. Cyclingstage.com presents the recent winners and the record holders.

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