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ROUBAIX’22 Preview: Who Will Be The King of the Cobbles?

ROUBAIX’22 Preview: Who Will Be The King of the Cobbles?

Paris-Roubaix Preview: ‘The Hell of the North’ is the Queen of the Classics, unless you are Flemish, but the flat cobbles race is unique in…

Wednesday, Apr 13

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Paris-Roubaix Preview: ‘The Hell of the North’ is the Queen of the Classics, unless you are Flemish, but the flat cobbles race is unique in its savage cruelty, stubborn formidability and its mythical attraction. Ed Hood looks at the history, course and the contenders for the 2022 ‘Sunday in Hell’ . Jeremy Hunt in the gutter I once asked former British pro and GP Plouay winner, Jez Hunt about the ‘secret’ of riding the cobbles, he’d just finished on the podium of 2009 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne; ‘if you’re going well you just fly over them, if you’re going shit, you don’t.’ Jez never was a verbose man. Johan Museeuw knew a thing or two about riding the cobbles Three times winner, the legend that is Johan Museeuw was more forthcoming; ‘let the bike bounce and flow beneath you, don’t grip the bars too tight, if it’s wet ride the crown of the pave, if it’s dry then you ride the gutters – I preferred the wet – ride 28 mm tyres and pressure is critical, 4.8 to 5.2 bar depending on your weight.’ The start in Compiegne But it’s a misnomer, that ‘Paris – Roubaix’ title. The race start long ago quit the City of Light, Grand Architecture, romance – and traffic Armageddon, for Compiegne. The town north of Paris perhaps most famous as where the Germans signed the 1918 armistice and where Hitler returned the favour by accepting the French surrender in 1940. Northern France was hit hard during the […]

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