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CYCLISME. - PARIS - ROUBAIX 2009 - boonen (tom) ©

Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet are the hot favorites for the 115th Paris-Roubaix but the big star is Tom Boonen. Riding his last pro race ever, he was honored like the king of the pavés in the royal city of Compiègne.

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CYCLISME - PARIS - ROUBAIX 2008 - boonen (tom) ©

Tom Boonen comes into his 14th and final Paris-Roubaix with the objective of wrapping up his career this Sunday with a fifth title. Since the start of the 20th Century, the Queen of the Classics and the King of the cobbles have enjoyed a special relationship. Let's take one last look at “Tomeke's” extraordinary success in the Hell of the North, in images and with the reactions of the era taken from the L'Equipe archives…

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CYCLISME - 1990 - bauer (steve) - planckaert (eddy) - Selroubaixcouleur ©

There are no more cobbles, but there is still suspense. Although since the start of the 21st century the race has been won twice as often by a rider arriving alone at the velodrome (11 vs 6), the sprints that take place there are like no others. Whatever the result, this arena symbolises deliverance after a day of toil and provides those who reach it with a dose of unequalled emotions, especially for the winner, quite naturally…  

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CYCLISME - 2015 - degenkolb (john) - (ger) - - ©

The second German winner of the Queen of the Classics, after the triumph on the very first edition in 1896 by Josef Fischer, John Degenkolb was not able to defend his title last year, while he spent several months recovering from a training road accident. The sprinter from the Trek team has warmed up with seventh place finishes on Milan – San Remo and the Tour of Flandres and hopes for a winning return!

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The 115th edition of Paris-Roubaix will be the last for four-time winner Tom Boonen who will have to create a small miracle to hang up his helmet on a victory, because fellow Belgian Greg van Avermaet is the pre-race favourite. Peter Sagan is another favourite starving for success who will look to improve his personal best 6th place result at Roubaix (2014) in thinking only of the place on par with his world championship rainbow jersey! Alexander Kristoff and John Degenkolb, amongst others,...

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Following the reconnaissance of the route carried out today by race director Thierry Gouvenou, the organisers have set a difficulty level for each of the 29 cobblestone sectors of the race, based on their length, the irregularity of the cobblestones, the overall condition of the sectors and their position in the race. This year, 55km of cobblestones will feature on the 2017 edition that will total 257 kilometres in all.

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CYCLISME - 1984 - bondue (alain) - Gregor Braun derriere - fonds n/b parution livre paris/roubaix p 114 © Presse Sports

It is neither the longest (2,100 metres), nor the most technical of the 5-star classed cobbled sections... but it is the last one! The different culls that take place over the previous 240 kilometres shrink the leading group to a handful of riders. It is still possible for a rider to put on a show of power and leave his rivals in his wake in order to try and go for a lone breakaway to the finish. There are no more than fifteen kilometres left before the cycling stadium in Roubaix.

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CYCLISME. - PARIS - ROUBAIX 2009 - boonen (tom) ©

Three cobbled sections receive the 5-star classification synonymous with the maximum level of difficulty. The section of Mons-en-Pévèle, three kilometres long and exposed to the wind, marks the entrance into the last fifty kilometres. Those who make it out of this “trap” in the lead can consider that they are in with a chance of winning Paris-Roubaix.

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CYCLISME - 2012 - boonen (tom) - (bel) - - hunt (jeremy) - (bel) - - steegmans (gert) - (bel) - - chavanel (sylvain) - (fra) - - dans arenberg ©

On the world cycling map, some places appear in capital letters. Alpe d'Huez and Mont Ventoux are among them, as is the Stelvio in Italy, the Angliru in Spain and the Cauberg in The Netherlands. The review of these sites steeped in the history and soul of cycling inevitably stops at the Trouée d'Arenberg, which the peloton will take on this year at km 161.5. But 2.4km further, only some elite riders will still believe in their chances.

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Paris-Roubaix is more than just a race. It is a modern epic. Its purpose is to forge heroes. Pugnacity, daring and the feeling of sacrifice are the qualities the brave who attempt to survive the Hell of the North must have. Every year there are more than one hundred who will take on the adventure. At the start line, they can only imagine what awaits them: the mud that they will have to cope with, the cobblestones that will rattle their bones or the “Trouée d'Arenberg” that at any moment...

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martin (tony) - (all) - - boonen (tom) - (bel) - ©

On tackling the last 100 kilometres, the riders have “only” covered 17 kilometres of cobbles. The number of punctures and falls is already starting to mount and the Arenberg section, deadly to many a rider's hopes, is approaching. However, sometimes the battle may well start as soon as Haveluy, which is very conducive to winning moves.

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Paris Roubaix 2014 - 13/05/2014 - Secteur pave N° 28 Troisvilles a Inchy ©

The most hardened of Paris-Roubaix enthusiasts start their day of reconnoitring the route by tasting an omelette in the only bistro in Troisvilles, Chez Françoise. On the day of the race, the riders in the pack will have their minds on something else as they cross through this village in northern France: the rapidly approaching first cobbled section.

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news20.02.2017

The 25 teams selected

The organisers of Paris-Roubaix have chosen the teams that will take part in the 115th edition of Paris-Roubaix which will take place on April 9th.

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Paris-Roubaix 2016 - 10/04/2016 - Compiègne - France ©

From Saturday 8th April, Compiègne will be bathed in the atmosphere of Paris-Roubaix for 24 hours. The presentation of the teams, the race headquarters and the press room as well as the race's start will be located within the grounds of the sumptuous château in the heart of the town.

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CYCLISME - 2014 - boonen (tom) - (bel) - - boasson hagen (edvald) - (nor) - - wiggins (bradley) - (gbr) - - wynants (maarten) - (bel) - *** Local Caption *** - arenberg ©

On 9 April, for the 115th edition of the “Queen of the Classics”, the route the peloton will race on will comprise 55km of cobblestones (vs 52.8km in 2016), on the total distance of 257km between Compiègne and the Roubaix velodrome. The favourites are expected to stand out on the tranchée d'Arenberg, in Mons-en-Pévèle or at the Carrefour de l'Arbre… but early in the race they will also discover the Briastre (km112.5) and Solesmes (km 116) cobbled sections, which haven't been used...

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Matthew Hayman topped a long and dedicated domestique career with an exceptional victory in the race of his dreams, Paris-Roubaix. At 37, the towering Orica Greenedge rider upset all the favorites, starting with four-times winner Tom Boonen, who had to be content with second place, to become the second Australian crowned in Roubaix after Stuart O'Grady in 2007. The win was all the more remarkable as early escapee Hayman, who had already twice made it in the top ten of the Queen of Classics,...

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