Paris-Roubaix

Where: France
When: Sunday, April 12 2015
Rank: UCI WorldTour

Paris-Roubaix is one of the most iconic races on the UCI’s calendar. The Queen of the Classics is a race like no other with its pan flat route across northern France peppered with rough, cobblestone roads. In dry weather it is the greatest test of man and machine, in bad weather it becomes almost impossible.

Each year the classics riders line up in Compiegne, just outside of Paris, to tackle the 257km race run by ASO and the many challenges it throws at them and their equipment. Sir Bradley Wiggins has made this year’s race a target, but having only ridden the event three times before he may struggle to compete with the specialist classics riders. However, injuries to both Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) and Tom Boonen (Etixx – Quick-Step) mean the race is wide open.

There are 28 sectors of pavé in this year’s race ranging from 300m to 3.7km in length. The first stretch comes at Troisvilles to Inchy, 97.5km in to the race. This is sector ’28’ as they count down through the race. The final sector is the shortest and comes in the last kilometre. While the route does undergo subtle changes there are sectors of pavé that are always used. The feared 2.4km Trouée d’Arenberg comes after 161.5km while Carrefour de l’Arbre at 2.1km comes after 240km and often plays a key role.

Key info: Preview | Who will win | Start list

Key riders: Sir Bradley Wiggins | Peter Sagan | Geraint Thomas | Niki Terpstra | Alexander Kristoff

Previous editions: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010

External links: Official website | Official twitter feed

John Degenkolb in the 2015 Paris-Roubaix

John Degenkolb’s perfect Paris-Roubaix ride

John Degenkolb’s Paris-Roubaix win came thanks to a combination of luck, tactics and speed – a perfect mixture on Sunday in northern France. The 26-year-old of Germany’s team Giant-Alpecin rode…

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The moto blog: a hectic day at Paris-Roubaix

We were lucky to finish Paris-Roubaix today. I parked up the motorbike on the inside of a corner on the cobbled sector 11 (Auchy à Bersée). It was near the gravel…

Paris-Roubaix

Bradley Wiggins proud of Paris-Roubaix efforts

Sir Bradley Wiggins rode away from the velodrome after Paris-Roubaix and his Team Sky career with his head held high. He did not win the French Classic, but said his…