On Sunday 12 April the bunch sets off for the 118th edition of Paris-Roubaix. Also known as the ‘Hell of the North’, the race 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 29 sectors of pavé on this year’s route add up to 55 kilometres, while the total route amounts to 258 kilometres.
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.
Outsprinting Nils Politt in the Roubaix Velodrome, Philippe Gilbert won the 2019 edition. Yves Lampaert rounded out the podium.
Paris – Roubaix 2020: cobbles, social media
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