A Sick Sylvain Chavanel Out Of Paris-Roubaix Classic

PARIS, April 09, 2014 - One of the best hopes for a home success, Sylvain Chavanel, has pulled out of Sunday's Paris-Roubaix Classic, his IAM team said Wednesday. The 34-year-old national time-trial champion was set to be one of the major hopes to become the first French winner of the 'Hell of the North' since Frederic Guesdon in 1997. But he complained of breathing difficulties … [Read more...]

Geraint Thomas Happy To Play Team Role At Paris-Roubaix

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN OUDENAARDE, Belgium, April 07, 2014 (AFP) - Welsh rider Geraint Thomas said he is happy to help Sky team-mates Bradley Wiggins and Edvald Boasson Hagen at next week's Paris-Roubaix, despite finishing an impressive eighth at the Tour of Flanders. Having finished third at E3 Harelbeke 10 days ago and come 10th in Flanders three years ago, double Olympic … [Read more...]

The Spring Classics Past Winners From 2009

PARIS, April 04, 2014 (AFP) - Winners of the main Spring Classics, due to begin on Sunday with the Tour of Flanders, over the last five years. Cobbled Classics: Tour of Flanders (April 6) 2013 - Fabian Cancellara (SUI) 2012 - Tom Boonen (BEL) 2011 - Nick Nuyens (BEL) 2010 - Fabian Cancellara (SUI) 2009 - Stijn Devolder (BEL) Paris-Roubaix (April 13) … [Read more...]

Profile Of The Upcoming Spring Classics Races

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, April 04, 2014 (AFP) - A profile of the five upcoming Spring Classics cycle races: Tour of Flanders One of the five 'Monuments' of the Classics season, the Tour of Flanders was first conceived in 1913 by Karel Van Wijnendaele, the co-founder of the sports newspaper 'Sportwereld'. At that time it was customary for publishers to organise cycling … [Read more...]

Spring Classics Set To Explode Into Life In Flanders

A Dusty 2011 Paris-Roubaix

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, April 04, 2014 (AFP) - Some of the greatest cyclists in the world will begin the battle for the main Spring Classics when the Tour of Flanders gets underway on Sunday. The likes of Fabian Cancellara, Tom Boonen and Peter Sagan will be among the favourites in some of the oldest and most prestigious races on the professional cycling calendar. … [Read more...]

Fabian Cancellara Claims His Third Decisive Paris-Roubaix

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ROUBAIX, France, April 7, 2013 (AFP) - Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara of RadioShack won the prestigious Paris-Roubaix Spring Classic in a record time on Sunday. The winner from 2006 and 2010 took the grueling 254km "Queen of the Classics" race in a sprint climax ahead of Belgian Sep Vanmarcke, in the process setting a new record average pace of 44.190 kilometers an hour. "At the … [Read more...]

Can Anyone Catch Fabian Cancellara In The Paris-Roubaix?

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by Peter SHARD PARIS, April 6, 2013 (AFP) - Ask any of the riders and team officials involved who is going to win Sunday's Paris-Roubaix race and one name stands out above all others -- Fabian Cancellara. The 32-year-old Swiss rider, who has attracted the nickname "Spartacus" due to his power and resilience, is an overwhelming favourite for a third victory in the race, having … [Read more...]

Stuart O’Grady Previews Paris-Roubaix

No Rest For The Weary In Roubaix 2011

Mention Paris-Roubaix and it evokes an outpouring of emotion ranging from pain to exhaustion to elation. It is a cycling extravaganza. It is the Hell of the North. The Queen of the Classics. A Sunday in Hell. A Monument. The “modern day” cobbled sectors, the deciding elements of the race, are steeped in history dating back to 1967 when the race began utilising more sections of pavé. The … [Read more...]

Tom Boonen Out Of Paris-Roubaix

PARIS, April 1, 2013 - Tom Boonen will be unable to defend his Paris-Roubaix crown as he has yet to recover fully from a bad fall during the Tour of Flanders, his Omega Pharma team confirmed late Sunday. "It's tough to have to pull out of a big race like this, but I just cannot cycle," the 32-year Belgian champion said. "The pain is very strong and it is unlikely to get better in the … [Read more...]

Bob Jungels Reigns Over The Roubaix Cobbles

Bob Jungels has won the U23 version of Paris-Roubaix. The 19-year old Luxembourgish rider finished solo in the velodrome of Roubaix, almost three minutes ahead of Belgian Constantijn Lampaert and Australian Thomas Scully. "Rushing to the finish was pain, pain and more pain, but I feel just amazing now." The LEOPARD TREK rider was the strongest in the 46th edition of 'Paris-Roubaix Espoirs' (UCI … [Read more...]