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Paris Roubaix 2003
 
By Podofdonny
Date: 4/10/2003
Paris Roubaix 2003
 

Paris-Roubaix


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"jamais un cloche ne gagne la Pascale"

With the exception of the Tour de France the Paris Roubaix is probably the most famous cycle race in the world.

First raced in 1896 as a warm up for Bordeaux - Paris, or alternatively as a promotion for the new Velodrome by two Roubaix textile manufacturers, Theo Vienne and Maurice Perez, it has always featured the rough roads of the northern coal mining area. For many years it was the hill at Doullens which brought out huge crowds to watch the first splits in the field at 150 kilometres into the route. The race would then enter the infamous "l'enfer du Nord" - the hell of the North, where the rough cobbled roads (pave) would cause crashes and severe fatigue amongst the riders. The actual phrase “hell of the north” is thought to originate from when the race was restarted following the First World War in 1919 when in addition to the cruel pave the race passed by the scenes of destruction and battle fields of that terrible war.

Crédit Lyonnais Prize of the best sports photograph of 2002

George Hincapie -L’enfer du Nord - 2002

"La Pascale" the Easter Race (for the race is usually held on or around Easter Sunday) is rarely won by any but the true “giants of the road” riders such as Roger De Vlaeminck were reknowned for their ability to seemingly glide over the surfaces of the pave, which gives the race its unique atmosphere. However, improved road surfaces in the 1960’s started to threaten the character of the race. So the organisers were forced to move the start position of the race searching for new cobbled sections as more and more of the old roads were tarmaced over. So in 1968, following the advice of Jean Stablinski, the route was moved to its present start point at Compiègne. However a further revision was required in 1977 which saw the inclusion for the first time of the infamous Wallers-Arenberg forest. The organisers and French public have thankfully realised the value of the course and there are efforts being made to restore pave sections.

Les secteurs paves 2003

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This year there will be 26 pavés sections (cobblestone road/farm track) and they are listed below in reducing order to the vélodrome in Roubaix. The race director, Jean-François Pescheux, has awarded each section a mark, 1 (the least difficult) to 5 (the hardest sections), taking into account the condition of the pave, its length and position in the race. Three zones (Haveluy, Arenberg and Carrefour de l’Arbre) are the most difficult and dangerous for the rider .

The 26 pavé sections

N.26 (Troisvilles, Km 99,8): 2200 m de pavés (cotation 3)

N.25 (Viesly, Km 106,3): 1800 m (3)

N.24 (Quiévy, Km 108,5): 3700 m (3)

N.23 (Quiévy à Saint-Python, Km 113,7): 1500 m (2)

N.22 (Haussy, Km 121,9): 900 m (2)

N.21 (Saulzoir, Km 128,6): 1200 m (2)

N.20 (Vierchain-Maugré à Querenaing, Km 132,9): 1600 m (3)

N.19 (Maing, Km 136): 2500 m (3)

N.18 (Monchaux-sur-Ecaillon, Km 139,2): 1600 m (3)

N.17 (Haspres, Km 145,8): 1700 m (3)

N.16 (Haveluy, Km 158,3): 2500 m (5)

N.15 (Forêt d’Arenberg, Km 166,5): 2400 m (5)

N.14 (Wallers, Km 173,2): 1000 m (2)

N.13 (Hornaing à Wandignies-Hamage, Km 179,5): 3700 m (3)

N.12 (Warlaing à Brillon, Km 186,9): 2400 m, cotation 3 (Tilloy à Sars-et-Rosières, Km 190,4): 2400 m

N.11 (Orchies, chemin des Prières et chemin des Abattoirs, Km 201,5): 1700 m (3)

N.10 (Auchy-lez-Orchies à Bersée, Km 207,6): 2600 m (4)

N.9 (Mons-en-Pévèle, Km 213,2): 1000 m (3)

N.8 (Mérignies, rue de la Rosée, Km 219,8): 700 m (2)

N.7 (Pont-Thibaut, Km 223): 1400 m (3)

N.6 (Moulin de Vertain, Km 229,1): 500 m (2)

N.5 (Cysoing, Km 235,8): 1000 m (4) (Bourghelles, Km 237,1): 400 m

N.4 (Camphin-en-Pévèle, Km 242): 1800 m (4)

N.3 (Carrefour de l’Arbre, Km 244,8): 2100 m (5) (Gruson, Km 247): 1100 m

N.2 (Hem, Km 253,6): 1400 m (1)

N.1 (Roubaix, espace Charles-Crupelandt, Km 260): 300 m (1)

Team news

Quick Step: 1. Museeuw (BEL), 2. Boonen (BEL), 3. Bramati (ITA), 4. Cretskens (BEL), 5. Kashechkin (KZK), 6. Knaven (PBS), 7. Tankink (PBS), 8. Vandenbroucke (BEL)

Telekom: 11. Zabel (ALL), 12. Aldag (ALL), 13. Hundertmarck (All), 14. Klier (ALL), 15. Kopp (ALL), 16. Nardello (ITA), 17. Schaffrath (ALL), 18. Schumacher (ALL)

Saeco: 21. Pieri (ITA), 22. Bonomi (ITA), 23. Commesso (ITA), 24. Fornaciari (ITA), 25. Ludewig (ALL), 26. Pepoli (ITA), 27. Quaranta (ITA), 28. Zanini (ITA)

Fassa Bortolo: 31. Cancellara (SUI), 32. S. Ivanov (RUS), 33. Kirchen (LUX), 34. Larsson (SUE), 35. Loda (ITA), 36. Petito (ITA), 37. Trenti (USA), 38. Zanotti (ITA)

fdjeux.com: 41. Guesdon (FRA), 42. Casper (FRA), 43. Derepas (FRA), 44. Durand (FRA), 45. Eisel (AUT), 46. Mengin (FRA), 47. Wiggins (GBR), 48. Wilson (AUS)

Alessio: 51. Baldato (ITA), 52. Brognara (ITA), 53. Casagranda (ITA), 54. Casarotto (ITA), 55. Furlan (ITA), 56. Marzoli (ITA), 57. Moreni (ITA), 58. Vinale (ITA)

Rabobank: 61. Wauters (BEL), 62. Boven (PBS), 63. De Jongh (PBS), 64. Hayman (AUS), 65. Hunter (AFS), 66. Kroon (PBS), 67. Nys (BEL), 68. Sentjens (PBS)

Sidermec: 71. Bortolami (ITA), 72. Apollonio (ITA), 73. Balducci (ITA), 74. Gerosa (ITA), 75. Milesi (ITA), 76. Rodriguez (USA), 77. Sironi (ITA), 78. Vainsteins (LET)

Lampre: 81. Bertogliati (SUI), 82. Cortinovis (ITA), 83. Loddo (ITA), 84. Pagliarini (BRE), 85. Quinziato (ITA), 86. Sciandri (GBR), 87. Serpellini (ITA), 88. Spruch (POL)

Cofidis: 91. Mattan (BEL), 92. Flammang (LUX), 93. Gaumont (FRA), 94. Hayles (GBR), 95. Peers (BEL), 96. Planckaert (BEL), 97. Sassone (FRA), 98. Tombak (EST)

Domina Vacanze: 101. Bennati (ITA), 102. Cardellini (ITA), 103. Colombo (ITA), 104. S. Gonzalez (ESP), 105. Meirhaeghe (BEL), 106. Mondini (ITA), 107. Ongarato (ITA), 108. Pospyeyev (UKR)

Phonak: 111. Bertolini (ITA), 112. Beuchat (SUI), 113. Dessel (FRA), 114. Elmiger (SUI), 115. Gougot (FRA), 116. B. Grabsch (ALL), 117. Rast (SUI), 118. Usov (BLR)

ONCE: 121. G. Beloki (ESP), 122. Davis (AUS), 123. R. Diaz (ESP), 124. Florencio (ESP), 125. A. Gonzalez de Galdeano (ESP), 126. Pradera (ESP)

AG2R: 131. Kirsipuu (EST), 132. Aus (EST), 133. Berges (FRA), 134. Flickinger (FRA), 135. Laidoun (FRA), 136. Portal (FRA), 137. Pupsep (EST), 138. Scanlon (IRL)

La Boulangère: 141. Magnien (FRA), 142. Séb. Chavanel (FRA), 143. Engoulvent (FRA), 144. Geslin (FRA), 145. Kern (FRA), 146. D. Nazon (FRA), 147. Rénier (FRA), 148. Voeckler (FRA)

Gerolsteiner: 151. Contrini (ITA), 152. Forster (ALL), 153. Hardter (ALL), 154. Lang (ALL), 155. Pollack (ALL), 156. Rich (ALL), 157. Schmidt (ALL), 158. Weigold (ALL)

Crédit Agricole: 161. O’Grady (AUS), 162. Augé (FRA), 163. Charpenteau (FRA), 164. Hinault (FRA), 165. Jégou (FRA), 166. Jenner (FRA), 167. Ljungqvist (SUE), 168. C. Sweet (AUS)

Lotto: 171. Van Petegem (BEL), 172. Eeckhout (BEL), 173. Gardeyn (BEL), 174. Hoste (BEL), 175. Van Bon (PBS), 176. S. Van Dijck (PBS), 177. Vansevenant (BEL), 178. Vierhouten (PBS)

CSC: 181. Tafi (ITA), 182. Dean (NZL), 183. Eriksen (DAN), 184. Hoffman (PBS), 185. N. Jalabert (FRA), 186. Piziks (LET), 187. Van Bondt (BEL), 188. Van Hyfte (Bel)

US Postal: 191. Van Heeswijk (PBS), 192. Cruz (USA), 193. Ekimov (RUS), 194. Joachim (LUX), 195. Kjaergaard (NOR), 196. Mikhaïlov (RUS), 197. Padrnos (TCH), 198. Pena (COL)

iBanesto.com: 201. Flecha (ESP), 202. Garcia Acosta (ESP), 203. J.I. Gutierrez (ESP), 204. Lastras (ESP), 205. J.A. Lopez (ESP), 206. Mateos (ESP), 207. R. Plaza (ESP)

Landbouwkrediet: 211. Bernucci (ITA), 212. Bracke (BEL), 213. L. Capelle (BEL), 214. B. De Waele (BEL), 215. Steels (BEL), 216. Timochine (RUS), 217. Van Speybroeck (BEL), 218. Verstrepen (BEL)

Jean Delatour: 221. Seigneur (FRA), 222. Dumoulin (FRA), 223. Finot (FRA), 224. Joly (FRA), 225. Krivtsov (UKR), 226. Laurent (FRA), 227. J.-P. Nazon (FRA), 228. Thibout (FRA)

Palmans: 231. De Groote (BEL), 232. De Smet (BEL), 233. F. De Waele (BEL), 234. Hammond (GBR), 235. Penne (BEL), 236. Roesems (BEL), 237. H. Van Dyck (BEL), 238. Van Haecke (BEL)

Coast: 241. Adamsson (SUE), 242. Christensen (DAN), 243. Korff (ALL), 244. Radochla (ALL), 245. Schweda (ALL), 246. Teutenberg (ALL), 247. Urban (ALL), 248. Von Kleinsorgen (ALL)


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