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105th Paris - Roubaix Race Program
By Staff
Date: 4/14/2007
105th Paris - Roubaix Race Program

105th Paris - Roubaix Race Program
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l'Enfer du Nord - the Hell of the North
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105th Paris - Roubaix Preview

Magnus Backstetd on the Arenberg trench. Photo c. Fotoreporter Sirotti

Saunier Duval/Prodir
The "red bird" squad for the tough race in Northern France (an event on the UCI Pro Tour calendar usually referred to as "The Hell of the North"), will be made up by Francisco Ventoso, Jesús del Nero, Raivis Belohvosciks, Luciano Pagliarini, Raúl Alarcón, Ángel "Litu" Gómez, and Arkaitz Durán (coach: Pietro Algeri).

Tom Boonen (surrounded by paparazzi) and his Quickstep team mates testing the cobbles on Friday. Photo c. Fotoreporter Sirotti

Quick Step/Innergetic Cycling Team
Riders: Tom Boonen, Steven De Jongh, Sebastien Rosseler, Gert Steegmans, Matteo Tosatto, Kevin Van Impe, Peter Van Petegem, Wouter Weylandt. (4/13)

Ballan pretests the Arenberg cobbles. Photo c. Fotoreporter Sirotti

Lampre/Fondital is ready for the Hell of the North.
Blue-fucsia team, directed by Guido Bontempi, will take part in Paris-Roubaix with the following cyclists: Fabio Baldato, Alessandro Ballan, Daniele Bennati, Claudio Corioni, Paolo Fornaciari, Enrico Franzoi, Massimiliano Mori e Daniele Righi. The staff will be the same of the last Classics.

Ballan comes back to races after the victory in Tour de Flanders, and Bennati too will be at the start after the illness that stopped him before Gand-Wevelgem.

Alessandro Ballan and the new Wilier for Paris - Roubaix  Photo c. Lampre/Fondital

Special Bikes for the Squad
Some info about bicycles with which riders will cover the cobblestones: Baldato, Ballan and Bennati will use carbon frame (photo), the others will race with iron frames; two frames will be on the car for Ballan, Franzoi and Mori’s bikes, a double rear brake will be used by Baldato, Bennati and Corioni while Fornaciari will have the normal brakes couple; the tyres’size will be 27.

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Race Poster c. Amaury Sports Organisation

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A New King for the Queen of the Classics

The science of prognosis is rarely precise. For a race like Paris-Roubaix it's even more random. At the start in Compiègne on April the 15th, one would be wiser to go for a group of survivors still able to capture the win, then to name a clear favourite.

In 2006, despite the signs of good health that he had shown at the beginning of the Belgian campaign, Tom Boonen had failed to manage a double that many thought he would achieve. Nothing guarantees that Fabian Cancellara, impressive during his first triumph in Roubaix will be in the same winning form. The last two winners will however have a role to play in the final explanation for victory. They will probably have to keep an eye on Alessandro Ballan, recent winner of the Tour of Flanders and of the Three Days of De Panne.

Several other riders will do their best to remain among the leading bunch in the famous Tranchée d'Arenberg, where selection is traditionally severe.

In the Belgian contingent, Peter Van Petegem will have a new status as a Quick Step team mate, but the men from the Flanders area will be strongly represented with the likes of Leif Hoste, back in the Predictor-Lotto team and Stijn Devolder, leader of the Discovery Channel team due to the absence of Hincapie.

Juan-Antonio Flecha, who still hopes to become the first Spaniard to win the Queen of Classics will try to make the best of the possible confusion within the front group, exactly like Filipo Pozzato or Lars Michaelsen, who has decided to bid farewell to elite cycling on the Roubaix Velodrome.

The Main Contenders
Gerolsteiner: Förster (ALL), Wrolich (AUT)
Team Wiesenhof Felt: Pollack (ALL), Wesemann (SUI)
T-Mobile Team: Burghardt (ALL), Eisel (AUT), Hammond (GBR)

Chocolade Jacques - Topsport: Eeckhout (BEL)
Predictor - Lotto: Hoste, Steels Vansevenant (BEL)
Quick Step - Innergetic: Boonen, Steegmans, Van Petegem (BEL)
Landbouwkrediet - Tonissteiner: Boucher (RFA), Meirhaeghe (BEL)

Team CSC: Cancellara (SUI), Michaelsen (DAN), O'Grady (AUS)

Euskaltel - Euskadi: Aranaga (ESP)
Caisse d'Epargne: Garcia Acosta (ESP), Brard (FRA)
Saunier Duval - Prodir: Pagliarini (BRE), Ventoso (ESP)

United States
Discovery Channel Team: Devolder (BEL), Vaitkus (LTU)

AG2R - Prevoyance: J-P. Nazon (FRA)
Agritubel: Balciunas, Baranauskas (LTU)
Bouygues Telecom: Clerc (SUI)
Credit Agricole: Bodrogi (HUN), Engoulvent (FRA), Hushovd (NOR)
Cofidis Le crédit par téléphone: Nuyens (BEL)
Française des Jeux: Gilbert (BEL), Guesdon, Mengin (FRA)

Lampre - Fondital: Ballan, Bennati, Franzoi (ITA)
Team Milram: Cortinovis (ITA)
Liquigas: Backstedt (SUE), Pozzato (ITA)

Rabobank: Flecha (ESP), Posthuma, Van Bon (HOL)
Skil - Shimano: Tjallingii (HOL), Vierhouten (HOL)

Astana: Haselbacher (AUT)

Based on the reconnaissance of the route, which took place on April 9 by Christian Prudhomme and Jean-François Pescheux, the organisers have attributed a degree of difficulty for each of the 28 paved sections of the race, evaluated in terms of length, the irregularity of the cobblestones and the overall condition of each section and its placement. After preliminary scouting carried out this past January by Thierry Gouvenou, a change was made concerning the Troisvilles sector: the necessary work was completed in the second half of the section; the sector will be run in its entirety by the field. However, the d'Auchy-les-Orchies to Bersée sector has been shortened, the serious degradation of the route necessitates addition repair work.

For the 105th edition of Paris-Roubaix, the competitors will ride an unprecedented sector at km194: situated between Beuvry-la-forêt and d'Orchies, the 1400m long “Chemin du Moulin”, which was inaugurated this afternoon by Marc Madiot, the godfather of this new sector.

In addition, this reconnaissance day was also the occasion for a meeting organized in Orchies with vice-president for sport for the Nord-Pas Calais region, Wulfran Despitch. This year the region has become a major partner of the event. The start will be taken at Compiègne at 10am on April 15.

Cobble Sections
28 98 Troisvilles à Inchy 2,2 km
27 104 Viesly à Quiévy 1,8 km
26 106,5 Quiévy à Saint-Python 3,7 km
25 111,5 Saint-Python 1,5 km
24 119 Vertain à St-Martin-sur-Ecaillon 1,9 km
23 126 Capelle-sur-Ecaillon - Le-Buat 1,7 km
22 138 Verchain-Maugré à Quérénaing 1,6 km
21 141 Quérénaing à Maing 2,5 km
20 144 Maing à Monchaux-sur-Ecaillon 1,6 km
19 155,5 Haveluy à Wallers 2,5 km
18 163,5 Tranchée (ou Trouée) d’Arenberg 2,4 km
17 170 Wallers à Hélesmes 1,6 km
16 176,5 Hornaing à Wandignies - Hamage 3,7 km
15 184 Warlaing à Brillon 2,4 km
14 187,5 Tilloy à Sars-et-Rosières 2,4 km
13 194 Beuvry-la-Forêt à Orchies 1,4 km
12 199 Orchies 1,7 km
11 205 Auchy-lez-Orchies à Bersée 1,2 km
10 210,5 Mons-en-Pévèle 3 km
9 216,5 Mérignies à Pont-à-Marcq 0,7 km
8 219,5 Pont-Thibaut à Ennevelin 1,4 km
7 225 Templeuve - L’Epinette 0,2 km
7 225,5 Templeuve - Moulin-de-Vertain 0,5 km
6 232 Cysoing à Bourghelles 1,3 km
6 234,5 Bourghelles à Wannehain 1,1 km
5 239 Camphin-en-Pévèle 1,8 km
4 242 Carrefour de l’Arbre 2,1 km
3 244 Gruson 1,1 km
2 251 Hem 1,4 km
1 257,5 Roubaix 0,3 km

Teams by Nation:
24 teams will be participating in the 105th edition of the renowned cycling race Paris-Roubaix which will start from Compiègne on Sunday April 15th 2007.

Team Wiesenhof Felt
T-Mobile Team

Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen
Landouwkrediet - Tonissteiner
Quick Step - Innergetic

Team CSC

Caisse d'Epargne
Euskaltel - Euskadi
Saunier Duval - Prodir

United States
Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team

Ag2r Prévoyance
Bouygues Telecom
Cofidis, le Crédit Par Téléphone
Crédit Agricole
Française Des Jeux

Team Milram



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