Greg Van Avermaet Claims Maiden ‘Monument’ In Paris-Roubaix

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Roubaix, France, April 9, 2017 (AFP) - Belgian Greg Van Avermaet finally landed his first 'Monument' victory in a thrilling Paris-Roubaix race on Sunday. The Olympic champion edged a sprint finish in the iconic outdoor Roubaix velodrome ahead of Czech Zdenek Stybar and Sebastian Langeveld of the Netherlands at the end of the 257km 'Hell … [Read more...]

Mark Cavendish Plays Down Paris-Roubaix Expectations

Compi├Ęgne, France, April 9, 2016 (AFP) - Mark Cavendish may be widely regarded as one of the greatest sprinters of all time but he said on Saturday he is happy to play a team role at Sunday's Paris-Roubaix one-day classic. Cavendish has won 26 Tour de France stages, putting him third on the all-time list, and was world champion in 2011, but he will be working for Norwegian team-mate Edvald … [Read more...]

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...]

As Degenkolb Misses The Classics, Cancellara Seeking Glory

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Paris, March 13, 2016 (AFP) - John Degenkolb's absence will slightly dampen the excitement building ahead of the new Spring Classic season, particularly with a resurgent Fabian Cancellara aiming for a glorious swansong. German Degenkolb will miss the defenses of both his Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix titles due to a crash suffered while training in Spain in … [Read more...]

Bradley Wiggins Satisfied Despite Finishing 18th At Paris-Roubaix

Roubaix, France, April 12, 2015 - Bradley Wiggins finished 18th in his final road race for Team Sky on Sunday before embarking on a quest for a fifth Olympic gold medal. Wiggins had long let it be known that his last goal in a Team Sky jersey would be to win Paris-Roubaix but try as he might, he was unable even to better last year's ninth place finish, as he came home in a group of … [Read more...]

Wiggins Ready For Last Road Hurrah At Paris-Roubaix

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Compi├Ęgne, France, April 11, 2015 (AFP) - Bradley Wiggins is ready to give his all in the Paris-Roubaix on Sunday in what will be his last road race for Team Sky. The reigning Olympic and world time-trial champion, former Tour de France winner and four-time Olympic gold medallist, has set this race as his final objective before a return to the track … [Read more...]

Everything You Wanted To Know About The 2015 Paris-Roubaix picks out 10 riders to keep an eye on in Sunday's 253km Cobbled Classic Paris-Roubaix race: ALEXANDER KRISTOFF (NOR) Katusha Quite simply the man of the moment, the 27-year-old is the most in-form rider. His wins at the Tour of Flanders, Scheldeprijs and Three Days of De Panne, all in the last two weeks, as well as a second place to John Degenkolb last month at … [Read more...]

Tom Boonen Has Sights On A Paris-Roubaix Return

Brussels, March 31, 2015 (AFP) - Belgian sprinter Tom Boonen, injured in a fall at the Paris-Nice race, has returned to training in the slim hope of competing in the Paris-Roubaix classic next month. Marc Coucke, the leading sponsor of Boonen's Etixx-Quick Step team, said the 34-year-old Belgian had a very slim chance of competing in the race on April 12. "Tom Boonen is training … [Read more...]

Geriant Thomas In Drivers Seat Ahead Of Cobbled Classics

Paris, March 31, 2015 (AFP) - Commonwealth Games champion Geraint Thomas will find himself a marked man over the next two weeks as the peloton tackles the Tour of Flanders on Sunday and then Paris-Roubaix a week later. With perennial favourites Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara out injured, both Flanders and Roubaix will be considered the most open they have been in years. Over the … [Read more...]

Bradley Wiggins To Tackle Three Days of De Panne

London, March 31, 2015 - Britain's world and Olympic timetrial champion Bradley Wiggins will ride for Team Sky at the Three Days of De Panne race this week. Wiggins is building up for a tilt at the prestigious Paris-Roubaix Spring Classic in just under two weeks time. He rode Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday but in dreadful conditions with driving rain and gusts of up to 90kph (56mph) he … [Read more...]