Paris Roubaix Cycling Race

Road: Blood, sweat and tears. It is not enough. Somersaults, chafing, lactic acid and punctures must also be mentioned in order to be close to, with words, describe what Paris-Roubaix means for professional cyclists who on Sunday to overcome 52.9 kilometers of cobblestones in search of eternal stardom.

Blood, sweat and tears. It is not enough. Somersaults, chafing, lactic acid and punctures must also be mentioned in order to be close to, with words, describe what Paris-Roubaix means for professional cyclists who on Sunday to overcome 52.9 kilometers of cobblestones in search of eternal stardom.

For absolute stardom, the cyclists who manage to win Paris-Roubaix. The know Tom Boonen, Stuart O’Grady, Servais Knaven, Frédéric Guesdon, Fabian Cancellara. It is those five have experience of having been the first to Roubaix which start on Sunday, and of course they want to relive the feeling of winning Paris-Roubaix once more.

Tom Boonen is the best of the five, with three victories and a possible fourth triumph, he ends up in the same gearing as Roger De Vlaeminck who still is alone with four direct hits in Paris-Roubaix or the ‘ enfer du Nord that competition also called.

But the biggest favorite of them all is still Swiss Fabian Cancellara as a aims to take a double. He won the Ronde van Vlaanderen last weekend in style.

Tom Boonen: “I load fully for that fourth victory because everyone is preoccupied with the. Fabian Cancellara would not want to see me win, no one wants me to win,” laughs Tom Boonen. ”

“I’ll try to stick to Cancellara. Hopefully we don’t need to get him back. There is a lot of pressure on us both. Saxo is not a defensive team and they will make the race, it will result in a quick breakdown. I’m not afraid of what they are planning in Arenbergskogen.They can’t do much more than running very hard, can they? ”

“I’m not used to being in this position, but a great victory in one. But I’ve been the most stable rider with my second places. In Milan-Sanremo, I met a very strong Oscar Freire and in Flanders around a very strong Fabian Cancellara. ”

“Winning and losing is so close to each other in these competitions. I think I have one of my best years, but of course it would be great if I could add a victory in Paris-Roubaix on list, says Belgian. ”

Fabian Cancellara: “I’m ready for the task, so even my team. O’Grady, Breschel and Høj has all the experience from the competition so I feel safe. Without them I am nothing. ”

“There’s no Muur van Geraardsbergen in the end of Paris-Roubaix, where you can knit from, but really, it doesn’t matter. All you need to do is to press hard on the pedals to move away from the other. ”
Favorites:

Fabian Cancellara (Sch) Team Saxo Bank
Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step
Matti Breschel (Dan) Team Saxo Bank
Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervélo Test Team
Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha
Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Sky Pro Cycling Team
Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step
George Hincapie (United States) BMC Racing Team
Bernhard Eisel (East) HTC-Columbia
Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
Past winners:

2009-Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step
2008-Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step
2007-Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Team CSC
2006-Fabian Cancellara (Sch) Team CSC
2005-Tom Boonen (Quick Step-Innergetic
2004-Magnus Backstedt (Sweden) Alessio-Bianchi
2003-Peter van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Domo
2002-Johan Museeuw (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
2001-Servais Knaven (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
2000-Johan Museeuw (Bel) Mapei
Pavéavsnitten:
# 27-Troisvilles Inchy-2.2 km, à 97.5 km
# 26-1.8 km-Viesly à Quiévy, 104 km
# 25-3.7 km-Quiévy à Saint-Python, 106.5 km
# 24-1.5 km-Saint-Python, 115.5 km
# 23 2.3 km-Vertain à Saint-Martin-sur-Écaillon, 119 km
# 22-1.7 km-Capelle-sur-Écaillon-Le-Buat, 126 km
# 21-Verchain-Maugré-1.6 km à Quérénaing, 138 km
# 20-2.5 km-Quérénaing à Maing, 141 km
#19-1,6 km – Maing to McAllister-on-Ecaillon, 144 km
#18-2,5 km – Haveluy to Wallers, 155.5 km
#17-2,4 km – gap of Arenberg, 164 km
#16-3,7 km – Hornaing to Wandignies-Hamage, 176 km
#15-2,4 km – Warlaing to Brillon, 183.5 km
#14-2,4 km – Tilloy to Sars Rosières, 187 km
#13-1,4 km – Beuvry-la-Forêt to Orchies, 193.5 km
#12-1,7 km – Orchies, 198.5 km
#11-2,6 km – Ukraine-lez-Orchies to Bersee, 204,5 km
#10-3,0 km – Pévèle-Mons, 210 km
#09-0,7 km – to the Prez, 216 km Tokyo
#08-1,4 km – bridge-Taylor in London, 219,5 km
#07-0.2 km – Templeuve – spruce, 225 km
#07-0,5 km – Templeuve – Moulin-de-Vertain, 225.5 km
#06-1,3 km – Cysoing to Bourghelles, 232 km
#06-1,1 km – Bourghelles to Wannehain, 234,5 km
#05-1,8 km – new-Fairfield, 239 km
#04-2,1 km – crossroads of the tree 241,5 km
#03-1,1 km – Gruson 244 km
#02-1,4 km – Willems to Hem 250.5 km
#01-0,3 km – Roubaix 257,5 km