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116th Paris-Roubaix Preview with video
 
By Mark Sharon
Date: 4/7/2018
116th Paris-Roubaix Preview with video
 
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April 7, 2018

Paris Roubaix Preview

DP Previews the 116th Edition of the 'Hell of the North' - the Paris Roubaix.

First winner: Josef Fischer

102nd Tour of Flanders Race Route

The first thing to note is that despite its name the current editions of the Paris - Roubaix don't actually start from Paris. The start is actually at Compiègne, a small town some 50 miles (80km) north of Paris.

From its beginning in 1896 to 1967 it did actually start in Paris, initially at Porte Maillot, with riders facing a body shattering slog of 340km along roads barely changed for centuries, cart tracks and cobbled lanes, and on steel bikes with a single gear formany years.

After a period starting a tangibly more civilised distance shorter in Chantilly from 1966 it found its present start at Compiègne in 1977, leaving peloton with 257km to fight over.

Pavé, Pavé and more Pavé

Over the years the one feature that makes the Paris-Roubaix a potent mix of danger and physical attrition has been the sections of pavé. The 2018 edition will have some 54km of it.

102nd Tour of Flanders Race Route

Paris-Roubaix Pavé Sectors

In the 19th Century cobbles formed a normal road surface and to riders of that era the idea that one might choose a course to deliberately ride over them would have seemed a litle bizarre. The world wars saw roads wrecked by gunfire and military traffic and immediately money was available roads were modernised, which meant ripping up the pavé., and in the 1960s the race was swiftly losing its character.

The route was modified to find the remaining sections, taking the riders off the main roads down true country back roads. The race began to face a crisis as mayor after mayor, village after village, saw the cobbles as a source of shame and either ripped them up or tarmaced over them. The enduring opoularity of the race eventually saw a volte face with villages actively searching for stretched of cobbles.

The formation of the Les Amis de Paris Roubaix by Albert Bouvet and Jean-Claude Vallaeys saw the remaining sections of cobbles offered not just protection but restoration.

Paris-Roubaix repairs

A section of pavé undergoing repairs

The 2018 route comprises 29 sectors of cobbles, including a new section of 1.5km of pave with the edition of the Saint-Hilaire sector at 150km from the finish, forming 54.5km in total.

The race finishes at the Roubaix velodrome, a tradition bar a brief gap, since

Nr. After km. To finish Name Length
29 93.5 163.5 Troisvilles à Inchy 2.2
28 100.0 157.0 Viesly à Briaste 3.0
27 109.0 148.0 Saint-Python 1.5
26 111.5 145.5 Fontains-au-Tertre à Quiévy 3.7
25 119.0 138.0 Saint-Hilaire à Saint-Vast 1.5
24 130.0 127.0 Saulzoir à Verchain-Maugré 1.2
23 134.5 122.5 Verchain-Maugré à Quérénaing 1.6
22 137.5 119.5 Quérénaing à Famars 1.2
21 140.5 116.5 Maing à Monchaux-sur-Écaillon 1.6
20 153.5 103.5 Haveluy à Wallers 2.5
19 162.0 95.0 Trouée d'Arenberg 2.4
18 168.0 89.0 Wallers à Hélesmes 1.6
17 174.5 82.5 Hornaing à Wandignies 3.7
16 182.0 75.0 Warlaing à Brillon 2.4
15 185.5 71.5 Tilloy à Sars-et-Rosières 2.4
14 189.0 68.0 Beuvry-la-Forêt à Orchies 1.4
13 197.0 60.0 Orchies 1.7
12 203.0 54.0 Auchy-lez-Orchies à Bersée 2.7
11 208.5 48.5 Mons-en-Pévèle 3.0
10 214.5 42.5 Mérignies à Avelin 0.7
9 218.0 39.0 Pont-Thibaut à Ennevelin 1.4
8 224.0 33.0 Templeuve (Moulin-de-Vertain) 0.5
7 230.5 26.5 Cysoing à Bourghelles 1.3
6 233.0 24.0 Bourghelles à Wannehain 1.1
5 237.5 19.5 Camphin-en-Pévèle 1.8
4 240.0 17.0 Carrefour de l’Arbre 2.1
3 242.5 14.5 Gruson 1.1
2 249.0 8.0 Willems à Hem 1.4
1 256.0 1.0 Roubaix 0.3

Start List

BMC Racing (USA)

VAN AVERMAET, Greg (2017 Champion)
DRUCKER, Jean-Pierre
KÜNG, Stefan
ROELANDTS, Jurgen
SCHÄR, Michael
SCOTSON, Miles
VAN HOOYDONCK, Nathan

Quick-Step Floors (Bel)

TERPSTRA, Niki
DECLERCQ, Tim
GILBERT, Philippe
KEISSE, Iljo
LAMPAERT, Yves
SENECHAL, Florian
ŠTYBAR, Zdenek

EF Education First-Drapac (USA)

VANMARCKE, Sep
BRESCHEL, Matti
DOCKER, Mitchell
LANGEVELD, Sebastian
MCLAY, Daniel
PHINNEY, Taylor
SCULLY, Tom

Bora-Hansgrohe (Ger)

SAGAN, Peter
BODNAR, Maciej
BURGHARDT, Marcus
OSS, Daniel
SARAMOTINS, Aleksejs
SCHILLINGER, Andreas
SELIG, Rüdiger

Mitchelton-Scott (Aus)

HAYMAN, Mathew
BAUER, JAck
DURBRIDGE, Luke
EDMONDSON, Alexander
HEPBURN, Michael
MEZGEC, Luka
TRENTIN, Matteo

Trek-Segafredo (USA)

DEGENKOLB, John
DE KORT, Koen
MULLEN, Ryan
PEDERSEN, Mads
RAST, Gregory
STUYVEN, Jasper
VAN POPPEL, Boy

UAE Team Emirates (UAE)

KRISTOFF, Alexander
BYSTRØM, Sven Erik
CONSONNI, Simone
FERRARI, Roberto
GANNA, Filippo
MARCATO, Marco
TROIA, Oliviero

Groupama-FDJ (Fra)

DÉMARE, Arnaud
DELAGE, Mickael
GUARNIERI, Jacopo
KONOVALOVAS, Ignatas
LE GAC, Olivier
SARREAU, Marc
SINKELDAM, Ramon

Ag2r La Mondiale (Fra)

NAESEN, Oliver
BAGDONAS, Gediminas
BARBIER, Rudy
DENZ, Nico
DUVAL, Julien
GALLOPIN, Tony
VANDENBERGH, Stijn

Veranda’s Willems-Crelan (Bel)

VAN AERT, Wout
DEVOLDER, Stijn
DUIJN, Huub
GOOLAERTS, Michael
KRUOPIS, Aidis
LEYSEN, Senne
STEELS, Stijn

Team Sky (GBr)

THOMAS, Geraint
DOULL, Owain
KNEES, Christian
MOSCON, Gianni
ROWE, Luke
STANNARD, Ian
VAN BAARLE, Dylan

Team Sunweb (Ger)

THEUNS, Edward
ARNDT, Nikias
HOFSTEDE, Lennard
ANDERSEN, Søren Kragh
STAMSNIJDER, Tom
TEUNISSEN, Mike
WALSCHEID, Maximilian Richard

Direct Energie (Fra)

PETIT, Adrien
CARDIS, Romain
CHAVANEL, Sylvain
GAUDIN, Damien
GENE, Yohann
PICHOT, Alexandre
SELLIER, Simon

Lotto-Soudal (Bel)

DEBUSSCHERE, Jens
BAK, Lars Ytting
FRISON, Frederik
KEUKELEIRE, Jens
MAES, Nikolas
SIEBERG, Marcel

Cofidis, Solutions Crédits (Fra)

LAPORTE, Christophe
GODON, Dorian
HOFSTETTER, Hugo
LEMOINE, Cyril
TURGIS, Jimmy
VAN LERBERGHE, Bert
VANBILSEN, Kenneth

Dimension Data (RSA)

BOASSON HAGEN, Edvald
DOUGALL, Nicolas
GIBBONS, Ryan
THOMSON, Jay Robert
THWAITES, Scott
VENTER, Jaco
VERMOTE, Julien

Katusha-Alpecin (Sui)

MARTIN, Tony
DOWSETT, Alex
HALLER, Marco
KITTEL, MArcel
POLITT, Nils
WÜRTZ SCHMIDT, Mads
ZABEL, Rick

Astana (Kaz)

DE VREESE, Laurens
GRUZDEV, Dmitriy
HOULE, Hugo
KORSÆTH, Truls Engen
CORT NIELSEN, Magnus
TLEUBAYEV, Ruslan
ZAKHAROV, Artyom

Fortuneo-Samsic (Fra)

PERICHON, Pierre Luc
DANIEL, Maxime
FEILLU, Brice
JARRIER, Benoit
LE ROUX, Romain
CARBEL SVENDGAARD, Michael
WELTEN, Bram

Bahrain-Merida (Brn)

HAUSSLER, Heinrich
BOZIC, Borut
GARCIA CORTINA, Ivan
KOREN, Kristijan
PER, David
PIBERNIK, Luka
WANG, Meiyin

LottoNL-Jumbo (Ned)

GROENEWEGEN, Dylan
GRONDAL JANSEN, Amund
LEEZER, Thomas
ROOSEN, Timo
TANKINK, Bram
VAN EMDEN, Jos
VAN HOECKE, Gijs

Movistar (Esp)

ERVITI OLLO, Imanol
AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA, Andrey
ARCAS PEñA, Jorge
BENNATI, Daniele
OLIVEIRA, Nelson
SOLER, Marc
SÜTTERLIN, Jasha

Delko Marseille Provence KTM (Fra)

MARTINEZ, Yannick
FILOSI, Iuri
JONES, Brenton
KASPERKIEWICZ, Przemyslaw
SISKEVICIUS, Evaldas
SMUKULIS, Gatis
TRARIEUX, Julien

Vital Concept Cycling Club (Fra)

LE BON, Johan
BOECKMANS, Kris
DE BACKER, Bert
LECROQ, Jérémy
MORICE, Julien
MÜLLER, Patrick
VAN GENECHTEN, Jonas

WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic (Bel)

DEHAES, Kenny
DUQUENNOY, Jimmy
KIRSCH, Alex
ROBEET, Ludovic
FRANKLIN SIX, Franklin
SPENGLER, Lukas
STASSEN, Julien

102nd Tour of Flanders Race Route

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