Issy-les-Moulineaux, the 10th of April 2007
A NEW KING FOR THE QUEEN OF 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 garantees 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 strorngly 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 OF THE 24 TEAMS
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Issy-les-Moulineaux, the 9th of April 2007
52,7 KM OF COBBLESTONES: THE NOTES
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 organised 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.
|THE 28 PARIS-ROUBAIX COBBLESTONE SECTORS|
|28||Troisvilles||km 98 - 2 200 m||14||Tilloy - Sars-et-Rosières||km 187,5 - 2 400 m|
|27||Viesly||km 104,5 - 1 800 m||13||Beuvry-la-Forêt à Orchies||km 194 - 1 400 m|
|26||Quievy||km 107 - 3 700 m||12||Orchies||km 198,5 - 1 700 m|
|25||Saint-Python||km 112 - 1 500 m||11||Auchy-lez-Orchies - Bersée||km 205 - 1 200 m|
|24||Vertain||km 119,5 - 1 900 m||10||Mons-en-Pévèle||km 210,5 - 3 000 m|
|23||Capelle-sur-Ecaillon - Le Buat||km 126,5 - 1 700 m||9||Mérignies - Pont-à-Marcq||km 216,5 - 700 m|
|22||Verchain-Maugré - Quérénaing||km 138 - 1 600 m||8||Pont-Thibaut||km 219,5 - 1 400 m|
|21||Querenaing - Maing||km 141 - 2 500 m||7||Templeuve l’Epinette||km 225 - 200 m|
|Le Moulin de Vertain||km 225,5 - 500 m|
|20||Monchaux-sur-Ecaillon||km 144 - 1 600 m||6||Cysoing - Bourghelles||km 232 - 1 300 m|
|Bourghelles - Wannehain||km 234,5 - 1 100 m|
|19||Haveluy||km 155,5 - 2 500 m||5||Camphin-en-Pévèle||km 239 - 1 800 m|
|18||Trouée d'Arenberg||km 163,5 - 2 400 m||4||Le Carrefour de l’Arbre||km 242 - 2 100 m|
|17||Wallers - Hélesmes||km 170 - 1 600 m||3||Gruson||km 244 - 1 100 m|
|16||Hornaing - Wandignies||km 176,5 - 3 700 m||2||Hem||km 251 - 1 400 m|
|15||Warlaing - Brillon||km 184 - 2 400 m||1||Roubaix||km 257 - 300 m|
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Issy-les-Moulineaux, the 23rd of March 2007
THE ENROLLED TEAMS
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. Here is the official list:
Cofidis, le Crédit Par Téléphone
Française Des Jeux
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