On Sunday the 8th of April, the bunch sets off for the 116th edition of Paris-Roubaix. It’s the third of five Monuments on the cycling calendar. 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 finish in the Roubaix Velodrome.
A perfect blend of positioning, power and tactical nous are required if a rider is to lift the famous cobble-stone 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.
Greg Van Avermaet is title holder. In 2017, the Olympic Champion claimed his first Monument as he outsprinted Zdenek Stybar and Sebastian Langeveld in the Roubaix Velodrome.
Paris – Roubaix 2018: Cobbles, Google Maps and more
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