Rain Risks Making Paris-Roubaix Cobbles Treacherous

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 … [Read more...]

TONY MARTIN: “COBBLESTONE RACES – A NEW CHALLENGE”

Cycling: Team Etixx Quick-Step 2016
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Besides the usual races he does each season, the 30-year-old German wants to ride in 2016 two of cycling’s toughest one-day events. Last year saw Tony Martin take five wins, one of which came in the Tour de France, where he finished first in stage four to Cambrai, after an audacious attack inside the final three kilometers of the day. That victory – his fifth in the Grande Boucle – … [Read more...]

“I Do Not Lose Sleep Over The Cobblestones!” Says Contador

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LIEGE (Belgium), April 23, 2010 - Alberto Contador, who is scheduled to attack the cobblestones at the next Tour de France, said he was not losing sleep worrying about the cobblestone sections in his attempt to win his third Yellow Jersey. "This stage is much talk," said the Spaniard Friday, winner of the Tour de France two other times. "This will be complicated, difficult, with much … [Read more...]

Boonen Survives Crash-Fest To Three Peat Roubaix

Paris-Roubaix Peloton at 2009 Edition

by Justin Davis ROUBAIX, France, April 12, 2009 (AFP) - Belgian star Tom Boonen joined an elite club of three-time Paris-Roubaix winners by surviving one-day cycling's toughest battle of the fittest here on Sunday. In a race marked by a dramatic finale in which three big favorites hit the cobblestones one after the other, Boonen fought off a desperate challenge from Italian … [Read more...]