29 sectors and 54.5km of pave confirmed for Paris-Roubaix

The peloton passes through the Arenberg in 2014

This year's Paris-Roubaix will include 54.5km of cobbled roads, divided across 29 different sectors of the 257km race distance, with the Trouée d'Arenberg, Mons-en-Pévèle and Carrefour de l'Arbre given five-star status as the hardest and longest of the race. On Tuesday, race director Christian Prudhomme and technical director Thierry Gouvenou led the final inspection of the race route under grey skies and rain, stopping at the Monument made to remember Michael Goolaerts , who died during last year's race after suffering a cardiac arrest. The second sector of the race between Briastre and Viesly, has been named in his memory, and Goolaerts' race number 84, will not be issued for this year's race. Paris-Roubaix will again start in Compiegne, to the east of the French capital and finish on the open-air Roubaix velodrome. Some 7,000 riders will get to ride the Paris-Roubaix Challenge on Saturday, covering 70km, 145km and 172km ...

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