On Sunday the 14th of April, the bunch sets off for the 117th edition of Paris-Roubaix. Also known as the ‘Hell of the North’, it 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. The upcoming edition amounts to 257 kilometres with 54.5 kilometres on pavé. (Slideshow route/profile)
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.
Peter Sagan is title holder. Last edition, he launched an attack with 54 kilometres to go. He joined early attacker Silvan Dillier to best him in a two-up in the Roubaix Velodrome. Niki Terpstra finished in third.
Paris – Roubaix 2019: route, videos, more
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Paris - Roubaix 2019
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