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Paris Roubaix - 2005.
By Podofdonny
Date: 4/9/2005
Paris Roubaix - 2005.

l'Enfer du Nord - the Hell of the North

For the second weekend running a race is billed as a duel between Tom Boonen (Quick Step) and his compatriot Peter Van Petegem (Davitamon-Lotto). Boonen third in the race at his first attempt, comes into the race with a super strong team and the moral advantage of last Sundays masterful performance in the Tour of Flanders.

Quickstep team -Tom Boonen, Wilfried Cretskens, Kevin Hulsmans, Servais Knaven, Nick Nuyens, Filippo Pozzato, Bram Tankink, en Guido Trenti

Van Petegem the last rider to do the double of the Tour of Flandres/Paris-Roubaix has a team which includes Nico Mattan (Davitamon-Lotto), whose morale must be sky high sfter his home victory in the semi classic at Wevelgem.

Davitamon Lotto team -Peter Van Petegem, Wim De Vocht, Nico Mattan, Bert Roesems, Tom Steels, Leon Van Bon, Aart Vierhouten, Henk Vogels

Second man on Wednesday , the Spaniard Juan-Antonio Flecha (Fassa Bortolo), also brings a super strong team in support that includes Fabian Cancellara, fourth in the race last year.

Last years winner Magnus Backstedt (Liquigas-Bianchi), who fell in Wednesdays race will ride strapped up, on his website today he commented –

I'm feeling pretty good, my wound on my hip is nothing to worry about anymore, the swelling has gone down.

My wrist is still giving me some problems, but not enough to keep me off the bike on Sunday, I'll just have to try and block the pain a bit and strap it up heavily so it's immobilised.

Andrea Tafi of the Saunier Duval – Prodir team has decided to end his career after this year's Paris-Roubaix. He will therefore be honoured by the race organisers and the 'velo-club' of Roubaix after the race, in the press room. The Italian had won the event back in 1999.

George Hincapie and the discovery Team have slipped a little since their success in the Three days of dePanne. There squad has also lost Van Heeswijk due to poor health , while third man last year Roger Hammond crashed into a metal pole at Gent-Wevelgem and breaking his right thumb and spraining his right ankle. Hammond will ride and it is an indication of the depth of the Discovery squad that they can still field –

George Hincapie (USA), Michael Barry (CAN), Antonio Cruz , Stijn Devolder (BEL),. Viatcheslav Ekimov (RUS), Roger Hammond (GBR), Ryder Hesjedal (CAN), Leif Hoste (BEL)

'Wese' leads the T-Mobile charge

Steffen Wesemann spearheads the eight-man T-Mobile line-up in the 259km trek from Compiegne to the Belgian border. The veteran classics' specialist, who abandoned the Tour of Flanders through illness, skipped Wednesday's Gent-Wevelgem to dedicate more time for intensive training sessions with his coach Thomas Schediwie.

Joining 'Wese' on the stone torture test over 26 stretches of cobbles in France's bleak north-east are Rolf Aldag, Sergey Ivanov, Stephan Schreck, Marcus Burghardt and the sprint duo of Eric Baumann and Erik Zabel and Neo Pro Bas Giling.

The 22-year-old Giling is not a complete newcomer to France's other big race, however. He was only narrowly beaten into second place here last season in the U23 event. So he knows how it feels to be rattled along the feared cobbles at a high tempo. Paris Roubaix is called l'Enfer du Nord - the Hell of the North - and it's a race like no other, a unique throwback to a time before tarmac. It will also be a baptism of fire for the young Dutch neo-pro Bas Giling, who will make his ProTour debut in Sunday's 103rd edition of the tradition-steeped race.

Giling steps in for the injured Andreas Klier. The in-form Klier crashed out of Gent-Wevelgem on Wednesday and his injuries have forced the hands of the team management. Sporting director Mario Kummer: "Bas has turned in some great performances in recent weeks and he has earned his call-up. We have total confidence in him."

Burghardt is the second neo-pro in the magenta roster. The 21-year-old Saxon - the youngest of the 27 riders on T-Mobile's books - has been turning in consistently strong performances in the last months. And he is also no stranger to the cruel demands of the 'Queen of the Classics' either. The young gun finished fourth behind Giling is last year's U23 event.

Rolf Aldag (36), Eric Baumann (25) Marcus Burghardt (21), Bas Giling (22/Netherlands), Sergey Ivanov (30/Russia), Stephan Schreck (26), Steffen Wesemann (34) and Erik Zabel (34)


The famous Arenberg trench, a veritable legend in the Enfer du Nord, will not be used. For safety reasons ASO (Amaury Sport Organisation) have decide not to use the 2400 metres of 5 star rated pave which has featured after around 170 kilometres of racing

Used for the first time in 1968, when the race took a more easterly course than its traditional route for the first time, it was the section did not become a regular feature in the race until 1984 but was then used for the next twenty years. However the section has been linked to bad crashes in the past few years, notably Philippe Gaumont (2001) and Johan Musseuw (1998).

However a combination of mining subsidence and the surrounding woodlands mean that 200 metres have collapsed and formed a pool and the rest of the pave is covered in slimy deposits making them very slippy and dangerous. Therefore the race will head towards the South of Valenciennes, where the riders will discover a brand new cobblestone section, in Aulnoy-lez-Valenciennes, with an uphill climb of 1600 m. The total length of the cobbled sections this year is 54,7 km (51,1 km in 2004).

The 26 Pave sections

26. Troisvilles (km 97,5) : 2200 mètres, 3 étoiles
25. Viesly (km 103,8) : 1800 mètres, 3 étoiles
24. Quievy (km 106,4) : 3700 mètres, 4 étoiles
23. Quievy-Saint-Python (km 111,1) : 1500 mètres, 2 étoiles
22. Escarmain (km 122,7) : 1500 mètres, 1 étoile
21. Vertain (km 126,9) : 1900 mètres, 3 étoiles
20. Du Buat (km 133,6) : 1700 mètres, 3 étoiles
--. Preseau (km 143,8) : 2000 mètres, 1 étoile
19. Aulnoy-lez-Valenciennes (km 149,7) : 2600 mètres, 5 étoiles
18. Famars (km 153) : 1200 mètres, 3 étoiles
17. Artres-Querenaing (km 155,8) : 1400 mètres, 3 étoiles
--. Querenaing-Maing (km 157) : 2500 mètres, 3 étoiles
16. Monchaux-sur-Ecaillon (km 160,9) : 1600 mètres, 3 étoiles
15. Haveluy (km 172,4) : 2400 mètres, 4 étoiles
14. Hornaing-Wandignies (km 178,5) : 3700 mètres, 3 étoiles
13. Warlaing-Vrillon (km 186) : 2400 mètres, 3 étoiles
--. Tilloy-Sars-et-Rosières (km 189,5) : 2400 mètres, 3 étoiles
12. Orchies (km 200,4) : 1700 mètres, 3 étoiles
11. Auchy-lez-Orchies (km 206,5) : 2600 mètres, 3 étoiles
10. Mons-en-Pévèle (km 212) : 3000 mètres, 5 étoiles
9. Merignies (km 218) : 700 mètres, 2 étoiles
8. Pont-Thibaut (km 221,4) :1400 mètres, 3 étoiles
7. Templeuve l’Epinette (km 226,7) : 200 mètres, 1 étoile
--. Le Moulin-de-Vertain (km 227,3) : 500 mètres, 3 étoiles
6. Cysoing-Bourghelles (km 233,6) : 1400 mètres, 4 étoiles
5. Camphin-en-Pévèle (km 239,9) : 1800 mètres, 4 étoiles
4. Le Carrefour de l’Arbre (km 242,6) : 2100 mètres, 5 étoiles
3. Gruson (km 244,8) : 1100 mètres, 2 étoiles
2. Hem (km 251,4) : 1400 mètres, 1 étoile
1. Roubaix (km 257,6) : 300 mètres, 1 étoile

The Teams

Liquigas-Bianchi (ITA) : 1. Magnus Backstedt (SUE), 2. Michael Albasini (SUI), 3. Mauro Gerosa (ITA), 4. Marcus Ljungqvist (SUE), 5. Nicola Loda (ITA), 6. Marco Righetto (ITA), 7. Gian-Luca Sironi (ITA), 8. Marco Zanotti (ITA)

Fassa Bortolo (ITA) : 11. Fabian Cancellara (SUI), 12. Andrus Aug (EST), 13. Fabio Baldato (ITA), 14. Francesco Chicchi (ITA), 15. Claudio Corioni (ITA), 16. Juan-Antonio Flecha (ESP), 17. Alberto Ongarato (ITA), 18. Roberto Petito (ITA)

Davitamon-Lotto (BEL) : 21. Peter Van Petegem (BEL), 22. Wim De Vocht (BEL), 23. Nico Mattan (BEL), 24. Bert Roesems (BEL), 25. Tom Steels (BEL), 26. Leon Van Bon (PBS), 27. Aart Vierhouten (PBS), 28. Henk Vogels (AUS

T-Mobile (ALL) : 31. Steffen Wesemann (ALL), 32. Rolf Aldag (ALL), 33. Eric Baumann (ALL), 34. Marcus Burghardt (ALL), 35. Bas Giling (PBS), 36. Sergueï Ivanov (RUS), 37. Stephan Schreck (ALL), 38. Erik Zabel (ALL)

Team CSC (DAN) : 41. Lars Michaelsen (DAN), 32. Lars-Ytting Bak (DAN), 43. Matti Breschel (DAN), 44. Thomas Bruun-Eriksen (DAN), 45. Vladimir Gusev (RUS), 46. Allan Johansen (DAN), 47. Christian Muller (ALL), 48. Luke Roberts (AUS)

Rabobank (PBS) : 51. Marc Wauters (BEL), 52. Jan Boven (PBS), 53. Steven De Jongh (PBS), 54. Mathew Hayman (AUS), 55. Pedro Horrillo (ESP), 56. Ronald Mutsaars (PBS), 57. Roy Sentjens (BEL), 58. Roy Sutherland (AUS)

Phonak Hearing Systems (SUI) : 61. Robert Hunter (AFS), 62. Aurélien Clerc (SUI), 63. Martin Elmiger (SUI), 64. Bert Grabsch (ALL), 65. Nicolas Jalabert (FRA), 66. Uros Murn (SLO), 67. Victor-Hugo Peña (COL), 68. Gregory Rast (ALL)

Discovery Channel (USA) : 71. George Hincapie (USA), 72. Michael Barry (CAN), 73. Antonio Cruz (USA), 74. Stijn Devolder (BEL), 75. Viatcheslav Ekimov (RUS), 76. Roger Hammond (GBR), 77. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN), 78. Leif Hoste (BEL)

Saunier Duval-Prodir (ESP) : 81. Andrea Tafi (ITA), 82. Rubens Bertogliati (SUI), 83. Rafael Casero (ESP), 84. Juan-José Cobo (ESP), 85. David De la Fuente (ESP), 86. Manuel Quinziato (ITA), 87. Ivan Ravaioli (ITA), 88. Francisco-José Ventoso (ESP)

Quick Step (BEL) : 91. Tom Boonen (BEL), 92. Wilfried Cretskens (BEL), 93. Kevin Hulsmans (BEL), 94. Servais Knaven (PBS), 95. Nick Nuyens (BEL), 96. Filippo Pozzato (ITA), 97. Bram Tankink (PBS), 98. Guido Trenti (USA)

Gerolsteiner (ALL) : 101. Frank Höj (DAN), 102. René Haselbacher (AUT), 103. Heinrich Haussler (ALL), 104. Sven Krauss (ALL), 105. Sebastian Lang (ALL), 106. Michael Rich (ALL), 107. Marco Serpellini (ITA), 108. Peter Wrolich (AUT)

Crédit Agricole (FRA) : 111. Thor Hushovd (NOR), 112. Laszlo Bodrogi (HUN), 113. Sébastien Hinault (FRA), 114. Jaan Kirsipuu (EST), 115. Cyril Lemoine (FRA), 116. Geoffroy Lequatre (FRA), 117. Damien Nazon (FRA), 118. Bradley Wiggins (GBR)

Française des Jeux (FRA) : 121. Frédéric Guesdon (FRA), 122. Ludovic Auger (FRA), 123. Baden Cooke (AUS), 124. Christophe Detilloux (BEL), 125. Bernhard Eisel (AUT), 126. Christophe Mengin (FRA), 127. Francis Mourey (FRA), 128. Matthew Wilson (AUS)

Liberty Seguros-Würth (ESP) : 131. Carlos Barredo (ESP), 132. Allan Davis (AUS), 133. Koen De Kort (PBS), 134. Jesus Hernandez (ESP), 135. Aaron Kemps (AUS), 136. Sergio Paulinho (POR), 137. Ivan Santos (ESP)

Lampre-Caffita (ITA) : 141. Alessandro Ballan (ITA), 142. Daniele Bennati (ITA), 143. Giosuè Bonomi (ITA), 144. Gianluca Bortolami (ITA), 145. Salvatore Commesso (ITA), 146. Enrico Franzoi (ITA), 147. Samuele Marzoli (ITA), 148. Daniele Righi (ITA)

Cofidis (FRA) : 151. Stuart O'Grady (AUS), 152. Jimmy Casper (FRA), 153. Arnaud Coyot (FRA), 154. Jimmy Engoulvent (FRA), 155. Peter Farazijn (BEL), 156. Jans Koerts (PBS), 157. Thierry Marichal (BEL), 158. Staf Scheirlinckx (BEL)

Euskaltel-Euskadi (ESP) : 161. Iker Flores (ESP), 162. David Herrero (ESP), 163. Iñaki Isasi (ESP), 164. Iñigo Landaluze (ESP), 165. Anton Luengo (ESP), 166. Aketza Peña (ESP), 167. Aïtor Silloniz (ESP)

Bouygues Telecom (FRA) : 171. Thomas Voeckler (FRA), 172. Walter Bénéteau (FRA), 173. Sébastien Chavanel (FRA), 174. Yohann Gène (FRA), 175. Anthony Geslin (FRA), 176. Christophe Kern (FRA), 177. Rony Martias (FRA), 178. Unaï Yus (ESP)

Domina Vacanze (ITA) : 181. Simone Cadamuro (ITA), 182. Alessandro Cortinovis (ITA), 183. Angelo Furlan (ITA), 184. Matej Jurco (Svq), 185. Mirco Lorenzetto (ITA), 186. Jörg Ludewig (ALL), 187. Rafael Nuritdinov (OUZ), 188. Ivan Quaranta (ITA)

Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne (ESP) : 191. José-Vicente Garcia-Acosta (ESP), 192. Daniel Becke (ALL), 193. Imanol Erviti (ESP), 194. Isaac Galvez (ESP), 195. José-Cayetano Julia (ESP), 196. Iker Leonet (ESP), 197. Mikel Pradera (ESP)

Ag2r Prévoyance (FRA) : 201. Jean-Patrick Nazon (FRA), 202. Andy Flickinger (FRA), 203. Laurent Mangel (FRA), 204. Lloyd Mondory (FRA), 205. Nicolas Portal (FRA), 206. Erki Putsep (EST), 207. Christophe Riblon (FRA), 208. Tomas Vaitkus (LIT)

Landbouwkrediet-Colnago (BEL) : 221. Ludovic Capelle (BEL), 222. Mathieu Criquiélion (BEL), 223. Glenn D'Hollander (BEL), 224. Thierry De Groote (BEL), 225. Ludo Dierckxsens (BEL), 226. James Van Landschoot (BEL), 227. Jurgen Van Loocke (BEL), 228. Johan Verstrepen (BEL)

Agritubel (FRA) : 231. Florent Brard (FRA), 232. Christophe Agnolutto (FRA), 233. Linas Balciunas (LIT), 234. Stéphane Bergès (FRA), 235. Gilles Canouet (FRA), 236. Cédric Coutouly (FRA), 237. Christophe Laurent (FRA), 238. Lénaïc Olivier (FRA) (BEL) : 231. Gorik Gardeyn (BEL), 232. Camille Bouquet (FRA), 233. Johan Coenen (BEL), 234. Jeremy Hunt (GBR), 235. Matthé Pronk (PBS), 236. Erwin Thijs (BEL), 237. Stefan Van Dijck (PBS), 238. Frank Vandenbroucke (BEL)

RAGT Semences (FRA) : 241. Eddy Seigneur (FRA), 242. Emilien-Benoît Bergès (FRA), 243. Renaud Dion (FRA), 244. Benjamin Levecot (FRA), 245. Roman Luhovyy (Ukr), 246. Ludovic Martin (FRA), 247. Sébastien Minard (FRA), 248. Nicolas Reynaud (FRA)

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