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Dustbowl showdown promised at cycling’s cobbled ‘Hell of the North’

Dustbowl showdown promised at cycling's cobbled 'Hell of the North'

Riders on the feared Arenberg cobbled section of Paris-Roubaix (Photo Credit: AFP) The Belgian champion was taking a tactical approach ahead of the race, saying…

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Riders on the feared Arenberg cobbled section of Paris-Roubaix (Photo Credit: AFP) The Belgian champion was taking a tactical approach ahead of the race, saying the cobbles may not be the key

British outfit Ineos bring a strong team to the start line with world champion time-triallist Filippo Ganna named as team captain

Ineos also have a potential winner in Dylan van Baarle, runner up at both the Tour of Flanders and at last year’s world championships

After last year’s mud-splattered edition, the 2022 Paris-Roubaix cycling race will be run in bone-dry conditions Sunday over its fabled cobbled mining roads that usually bring falls galore. The gruelling 257.2km-long race features 54.8km of rough-hewn cobbled sections where Dutch favourite Mathieu van der Poel awaits the challenge from bitter rival Wout van Aert of Belgium. "Sunday will be different," Van der Poel promised when asked this week about his narrow failure in the 2021 deluge when the race was staged in October after a Covid-19 delay.

Van Aert is over a recent bout of coronavirus and his Jumbo team say they have been testing his heart rate before, during and after training to make sure of his fitness.

The Belgian champion was taking a tactical approach ahead of the race, saying the cobbles may not be the key.

"The race can also be won between the cobbled sectors if you have two or three riders with you in the closing stages," he said.Van Aert will likely have French rider Christophe Laporte alongside him. The […]

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