5 Reasons to Follow Paris-Roubaix

Dutch favorites, the unknown of Belgium, and the ambitions of the French rookie Paris-Roubaix line up with multiple centers of interest this Sunday launched to attack the legendary race.

“La Pascal” regained its place in the heart of the classic spring after the fall edition (postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic). This Sunday, the “Classic Queen” unfolds a cobblestone carpet and boldly opens her legend. In July before offering obstacles to the Tour de France riders. Paris-Roubaix, always a highlight. The muddy and breathtaking 2021 edition was exciting. There are several reasons to keep up with the promise of “Northern Hell.”

Paris-Roubaix’s unparalleled magic

Muddy (and tricky) or dusty (and super-fast) Paris-Roubaix is ​​always a choice and an important date on the calendar. After the rain last October (the edition was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic), the weather forecast shows the calm of a large cobblestone parade this Sunday (departing from Compiegne at 11:15 am, before and after arrival). Announce the dry weather at. 5 pm at Roubaix Velodrome). Race, attractive test of strength: 257.2 km; Famous Allen Berg (161)When km), Montampevel ​​(208)When km) and Carrefour de l’Arbre (240)When Kilometers).

Van der Poel-Van Aert match

The Dutch and Belgians have crossed their swords since they were young. In all terrain, from cyclocross to roads. Spring didn’t give them much opportunity to fight.They played in the match from Milan to San Remo (Van del Poel 3)WhenVan Aert 8th), Van der Poel then took advantage of good momentum (Success at A Travers la Flandre, Tour of Flanders, 4)When Of Amstel Gold Race). He wants to extend a good series with Louve (3)When last year). Stopped by Covid-19, Wout Van Aert was forced to retreat. A solid Jumbo Bissouma formation rider has announced that he will be coming to the “Queen of Classics” as a teammate (to support Christophe Laporte, Mike Tunisen and Nathan Van Hooydonk). Share his experience and (probably) take advantage of the situation. He lined up with Paris-Roubaix three times (13)When 2018, 22When 2019, 7When 2021).

Ambitious french

Julian Alaphilippe had no plans to play in Paris-Roubaix. Its purpose remains (after a spectacular fall, but no damage during Flèche Brabançonne) Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April 24). But one day he promised that a world champion would come and rub his shoulders on the cobblestones of Paris-Roubaix. In the wake of the success of spring (Anthony Turgis 2)When From Milan-San Remo, Valentin Maduas 3When Flanders Tour Overview, Benoit Kosneufroy 2When Amstel Gold Race), French, Jumbo Visma (Paris-Nice stage winner, 2)When GP E3 and Ghent-Wevelgem), the area of ​​the stage Florian Sénéchal (quick step), Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) to discover the event, or Anthony Turgis (TotalEnergies) to be a classic safe bet and this season, Who could (a little) benefit from Peter Sagan’s advice?

Record race?

At the end of the dry Paris-Roubaix, pushed by three-quarters of headwinds in 2017, Belgium’s Greg van Abermet (45.2 km / h) sprinted through a small group to win Paris-Roubaix fastest in history. bottom. Erased the 1964 version of 45.13km / h acquired by Peter Post. Conditions, dry surfaces, and mild temperatures can open up a new fierce obstacle course that breaks records without providing a bit of rest. Riders can embrace the pavement, reduce suffering and get out of the game. At an astonishing speed …

What is the role of Quickstep?

Patrick Lefebvre’s team held the highest position during the spring classics. Experienced and indispensable, she has won six Paris-Roubaix since 2005 (Philippe Gilbert and the last Belgian to win in 2019 are 39 years old, the last Paris-Roubaix this Sunday. Will participate in). The Belgian team, Revenge, who was robbed of the bouquet in one of the (very) strong times of the season, has a specialist: Dane Kasper Asgreen (Tour of Flanders 2021 winner), Czech Zdenek Stybar (2)When 2015 and 2017 Paris-Roubaix), Belgium’s Yves Lampaert (3)When (In Roubaix in 2019) And the tough French Florian Sénéshall (6th in Roubaix in 2019) working on his dream race.

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