Rivals Warning Boonen of A Tough Ride Into Hell

Belgian Tom Boonen has been given ample warning not to expect an easy six hours in the saddle when he puts his title, and his pride, on the line at the prestigious Paris-Roubaix classic on Sunday. Boonen's Quick Step team appear to be one of the strongest on paper, but a handful of rivals - including notably George Hincapie, Juan Antonio Flecha and Fabian Cancellara - are in no mood for … [Read more...]

Roubaix A Long Bumpy Road Into Hell For History-Making Chinese

by Justin Davis COMPIEGNE, France, April 11, 2009 (AFP) - Cyclist Jin Long admitted Saturday is excited about the prospect of making history for China when he saddles up for the prestigious Paris-Roubaix one-day classic. But the 25-year-old from near Beijing, who began his career on the track, knows his joy could be tempered by the fact he may not even see the finish line of … [Read more...]

BMC Riders as Model Testers at Paris–Roubaix

Grenchen/Paris, 2009-04-08 For the Queen of all Classics racing, the Swiss bicycle manufacturer is equipping its racers with special bicycles designed to be more robust and absorb more of the road vibrations caused by the famed cobbles. No bicycle race makes a high demand on the materials. Nowhere is a cyclist more dependant on the reliability of his support as he is at Paris-Roubaix. The … [Read more...]

BMC Proud To Be Invited To 2009 Paris-Roubaix

BMC has succeeded in gaining an invitation to one of the monuments of cycling. "We are very happy to have been invited to the Paris-Roubaix as it shows the level of confidence that the race organizations have in our future," Directeur Sportif John Lelangue explained. "It is an incredible race and every one of our riders will be proud to participate." The extremely high level of competition will … [Read more...]

Tom Boonen Gets His Classics Campaign Off Right

Belgian star Tom Boonen claimed his first big spring classics win of the season at the Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne semi-classic here Sunday. The 2005 world champion, who rides for Quick Step, finished ahead of Columbia sprinter Bernhard Eisel of Austria and Britain's Jeremy Hunt, who was third in a bunch sprint for the line. At Sunday's race, held over 194km, the 194-strong field stopped … [Read more...]

CSC Out For Revenge In ‘Hell of the North’

PARIS, April 11, 2008 (AFP) - Danish outfit CSC will be fired up to make amends for their debacle on the cobble of the snow-hit Flanders last week when they line up two former champions at Paris-Roubaix this Sunday. CSC go into the 259.5km cobblestoned classic, known ominously as the 'Hell of the North', as big favorites having won the past two years through Swiss Fabian Cancellara and … [Read more...]