Philippe Gilbert wins Paris-Roubaix
Philippe Gilbert ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) moved a step closer to completing a full set of Monuments when he beat Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) in a two-up sprint to claim victory at the end of an unrelenting edition of Paris-Roubaix . It was fitting that Gilbert and Politt were the last men standing at the end of such a slugging match over the cobbles, as each rider had landed more telling blows than most during a breathless day of racing. The decisive move had its genesis in Politt’s canny attack at the end of the second feed zone with 67km remaining, when Gilbert was the first to react to the German’s probing effort. That attack triggered the denouement, and the race took definitive shape just before the cobbles at Mons-en-Pévèle with 45km remaining. There, the pair emerged in an elite group of six along with defending champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Yves Lampaert ...
Politt: I'll give it everything I have at Paris-Roubaix
Between all the talk of the big Classics contenders, Nils Politt ( Katusha-Alpecin ) has been quietly riding a solid campaign this spring. The German says that he is going to give it his all at Paris-Roubaix to try to end his spring on a high note. After Alberto Bettiol surprised the major favourites at the Tour of Flanders last week, Politt's performances have put him on the radar as a dark horse for this weekend's Roubaix. Politt finished seventh at the race last year, leading home the second of the chasing groups behind Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), but the 25-year-old German has brushed off the expectations. "Of course, I've seen a lot of it on social media already, but I don't see myself as a favourite," Politt said at the Paris-Roubaix teams presentation in Compiègne, France, on Saturday. "But I know that I can finish the race in the top ...
Christian Prudhomme: There are a dozen riders who can win Paris-Roubaix
Tour de France and Paris-Roubaix race director Christian Prudhomme says that he thinks that there are up to a dozen riders who have the ability to win Roubaix on Sunday, underlining that this weekend's 'Hell of the North' could be the most open race for some years. "There are a lot of favourites this year, and probably a dozen of riders who can actually win the race," Prudhomme told reporters on Saturday. "Among them is the Norwegian rider Alexander Kristoff [UAE Team Emirates], who's a former winner of Milan-San Remo, and has shown great form this year. "There's also title defender Peter Sagan [Bora-Hansgrohe], Greg Van Avermaet [CCC] and also Oliver Naesen [AG2R], who's great in the wind and on the pavé ," he said. "Then you also have those who've come from a cyclo-cross background, and among them, most notably, is Wout van Aert [Jumbo-Visma], who is a three-time ...
Chasing Roubaix: A wild ride on France’s cobblestone trail
COMPIEGNE, France (VN) — The 2018 edition of Paris-Roubaix will forever be remembered for Peter Sagan’s dramatic attack and long breakaway on the cobblestones. Most of us watched it on television, or streamed it live on the internet. VeloNews European correspondent Andrew Hood saw the action from the windows of his car. Last April Hood tagged […] Read the full article at Chasing Roubaix: A wild ride on France’s cobblestone trail on VeloNews.com .
Peter Sagan uncertain if form is good enough to repeat Paris-Roubaix victory
One day after the inauguration of his Roubaix shower plaque, Bora-Hansgrohe leader Peter Sagan headed to the team presentation of the 2019 Paris-Roubaix in Compiègne. It's the eighth time he has stepped on that stage, and on this occasion, he was presented as defending champion after his first victory last spring. During the team presentation at the Place Charles de Gaulle on Saturday afternoon, the Slovak champion was by far the most popular rider, causing a big buzz when he stepped out of the team bus. In fact, he was the only rider who received the special treatment of not having to walk his way through the crowd to the podium. Once near the podium, Sagan passed through the mixed zone almost on autopilot. “I feel very good. We spent all week in Belgium. We did the recon for Paris-Roubaix and now we are here,” Sagan said, before giving short ...
The Holy Week Recon: Trek PJs, soggy cobbles and highway madness.
It’s not an episode of the Bunch, but something quite similar: We’re calling this show the Recon, because that’s what this week was all about. Ask the average (non-cyclist) person if they want to spend ten days in Belgium in early spring and you’re likely to be met with, “You’ve got to be joking, I … The post The Holy Week Recon: Trek PJs, soggy cobbles and highway madness. appeared first on CyclingTips .
Hell’s Bells! The Paris-Roubaix Preview
The best race day of the season is upon us. I’m of course talking about the Hell on the Schelde [looks at calendar, then looks at assignment.] Oh, never mind, it looks like the best race day of the season is already behind us. So, I guess we’ll talk about Roubaix, instead. I don’t think I’d be exaggerating in calling Roubaix the most anticipated race day of the season. Sure, it might not have the prestige of the Tour de France or the beer-soaked reverence of Flanders, but what it does have is a penchant for bringing the pain to the peloton like no other race. Its currency is suffering, and we are the sadists that are buying. And the riders are the masochists that enjoy it. I don’t have to remind most of you about the interview that Theo de Rooij gave to John Tesh (who knows a thing ...
Sagan leads quartet into cycling’s cobbled “Hell”
Three-time world champion Peter Sagan and a crop of other stars, including Van Avermaet, Stybar, Degenkolb, and Kristoff, are set to battle at this year's Paris-Roubaix. Read the full article at Sagan leads quartet into cycling’s cobbled “Hell” on VeloNews.com .
Pro Bike: Peter Sagan’s Specialized Roubaix ready for Paris-Roubaix
New Future Shock 2.0, 149mm Venge stem and special paint job for Sagan
Pro Bikes: Peter Sagan’s Specialized Roubaix ready for Paris-Roubaix
New Future Shock 2.0 and special paint job for Sagan
Peloton prepares for dry and dusty Paris-Roubaix - Gallery
Riders were out in force Thursday on the roads of the 2019 Paris-Roubaix and in press conferences around Belgium. Dry weather is expected for Sunday's 117th running of the 'Hell of the North', and riders who were testing their legs on the cobbles Thursday enjoyed clear blue skies and comfortable temperatures for their reconnaissance. After placing his winner's plaque in the outdoor shower of the Roubaix velodrome, defending champion Peter Sagan was out with his Bora-Hansgrohe team, joining other favourites like Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal), Andre Greipel (Area Samsic) and EF Education First with Sep Vanmarcke and Taylor Phinney. Nils Politt and Katusha-Alpecin shared a lap on the Roubaix velodrome with a group of local school-aged children, while Jumbo-Visma's Wout Van Aert pounded out some kilometres alone on the cobbles. Luke Rowe and Team Sky ventured onto the pavè for a day of training, as did Edvald Boasson Hagen and ...
Archbold returns to Bora-Hansgrohe
Shane Archbold has signed with Bora-Hansgrohe , with his first race said to be the upcoming Tour of Turkey [April 16-21]. The New Zealander previously rode for the German team from 2015 to 2017. Bora-Hansgrohe has “three fast men” in Peter Sagan, Sam Bennett and Pascal Ackerman, according to its press release, “however, we felt that we needed to strengthen the team's lead-out train and capacity to optimally prepare for fast finishes.” The team's sprint train recently lost Peter Kennaugh, who is taking an indefinite break from cycling for personal reasons. Archbold, 30, rode the Tour de France for Bora-Argon18 in 2016, but fractured his pelvis in a crash on the 17th stage. He was able to return by the end of the season, but later required back surgery that held him out of most of the 2017 season. These physical problems “rendered him unable to continue competing on the ...
Peter Sagan joins storied list of Paris-Roubaix champions with named shower - Video
Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) had already added his name to the pantheon of greats long before last year, but Paris-Roubaix was one thing that was missing from his glittering palmares. Sagan added that title, and the cobblestone that comes with it, in style with a 54-kilometre attack. Just over 12 months to the day, Sagan was able to put the icing on the cake of that victory as he was invited to place his name plaque on the showers of the Roubaix velodrome. Still clad in his kit following his recon of the Roubaix course ahead of this year's race, Sagan pressed the plaque onto the concrete stall in the second, back room of the outdoor showers. Ordinarily, a set-up such as this would be overlooked, but not so when it is combined with the storied history of the French Monument. As Sagan put the plaque up, giving a ...
Preview: Your guide to the 2019 Paris-Roubaix
Paris-Roubaix. The Hell of the North. Arguably the biggest and most exciting one-day race of the year. The cobbles, the dust, the crashes, the legendary Roubaix velodrome — for the invested bike fan, Paris-Roubaix stands apart from all others. Ahead of Sunday’s 117th edition, we walk you through the Paris-Roubaix course, the cobbles, the contenders … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2019 Paris-Roubaix appeared first on CyclingTips .
Walscheid looking forward to Paris-Roubaix after Scheldeprijs podium
After starting his Classics season with a crash, Max Walscheid is hoping to end it with a bang of a different kind at this weekend's Paris-Roubaix . The Team Sunweb rider showed that he is back on the right path after his fall three weeks ago in Nokere Koerse with second place on Wednesday at Scheldeprijs, and he is excited about his return to the Hell of the North. Walscheid made his debut at the race last season, finishing a respectable 52nd at just under 13 minutes behind the winner Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). This weekend, he is hoping to push further into the race and take home a strong result. "Not only my second place but the overall sporting performance was very nice," Walscheid told Cyclingnews of his performance at Scheldeprijs. "I had lots of fun today, and I am very much looking forward to Sunday. "It's just my second ...
Specialized launch new Roubaix
Specialized have launch a new Roubaix frameset system, featuring suspension at the front and rear of the bike through Future Shock 2.0 and the all-new, flexible S-Works Pavé seat post. The American brand say the new frameset is more aerodynamic than the Specialized Tarmac SL6, lighter than the latest Specialized Venge and is "the most technically advanced machine" the company has ever made. Eleven different framesets or full-build options are available from stores as of today, including a new Sagan Collection range. The original Specialized Roubaix was launched 15 years ago as a race-level endurance frameset and adopted the brand's strapline of 'smoother is faster' when Specialized first offered full suspension mountain bikes. Since the original Specialized Roubaix was launched, the frameset has been ridden to victory six times in Paris-Roubaix, more than any other brand, and will be used by all riders from Deceuninck-QuickStep and Bora-hansgrohe at Paris-Roubaix this ...
Specialized Roubaix 2020 range overview
Specialized has announced a whole suite of bikes based on its new 2020 Roubaix design. The range starts at the Roubaix Sport, equipped with the Future Shock 1.5, and rises to the S-Work Roubaix which is fitted with on-the-fly suspension adjustment thanks to the 2.0 Future Shock unit. Peter Sagan and Specialized's latest collaboration is Chasing Rainbows Specialized founder Mike Sinyard on the power of the bicycle Here’s a rundown of the range: Specialized Roubaix Sport The Roubaix Sport uses a Fact10R carbon frame with a Future Shock 1.5 fitted to the fork, and is available in four colour options. It comes stock with the S-Work’s Pave seatpost, which is found throughout the range right up to the S-Works models, and runs on DT Swiss R470 wheels shod with 28mm Turbo Pro tyres The drivetrain is Shimano 105 (50/34, 11-34) with a Praxis Alba chainset. £2,600 / $2,900 / AU$4,000 ...
Specialized’s new Roubaix first-ride review: Performance, soothed
“Lighter than our Venge and more aero than our Tarmac.” That’s an attractive statement for anyone seeking a new race bike. In this case, it applies to Specialized’s all-new Roubaix, the company’s long-standing endurance platform. Announced just in time for its namesake race, the new Roubaix retains and improves on a number of the platform’s … The post Specialized’s new Roubaix first-ride review: Performance, soothed appeared first on CyclingTips .
29 sectors and 54.5km of pave confirmed for Paris-Roubaix
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 ...
Sagan wouldn’t cooperate to catch Bettiol, says Van Aert
Classics up-and-comer Wout van Aert says he ran out of energy at the end of Flanders but criticizes Peter Sagan for disrupting the chase in the final kilometers. Read the full article at Sagan wouldn’t cooperate to catch Bettiol, says Van Aert on VeloNews.com .