Rain Risks Making Paris-Roubaix Cobbles Treacherous

Paris-Roubaix Peloton at 2009 Edition

Paris-Roubaix Peloton at 2009 Edition

Paris, April 8, 2016 – Expected rain on Saturday could make some of the cobbled sections on Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix one-day classic slippery, according to a French meteorologist. World champion Peter Sagan and the other favorites are due to cover 27 cobbled sectors totaling 52.8km over the grueling 257.5km ‘Hell of the North’ race.

But while Sunday is expected to be dry, lingering moisture could make some of the famous ‘paves’ quite treacherous in a race that is always punctuated by numerous crashes and punctures.

“The course risks being moist because Saturday afternoon between 3pm and 4pm, it’s not excluded that the first drops could fall and that could last until 9pm,” Etienne Kapikian from Meteo France told Bicycle.net.

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