By ASO/RBA

This weekend marks the long-awaited return of the grueling Paris-Roubaix classic that had been postponed for the second year running due to the Covid crisis. This year marks the 118th running of the race and the riders  will battle on the cobblestones for 55 km, over the total distance of 257.7km, with 30 sectors to be tackled on the final 160 km.

The first edition of Paris-Roubaix Femmes, which takes place the day before, on Saturday 2 October, features 29.2 km of cobblestones, with the last 85 km being the same for both races. With just a few days to go before the big showdown, everything is in place.

Based on the latest inspection of the course, carried out on 28 September by Paris-Roubaix race director Thierry Gouvenou and race director of Paris-Roubaix Femmes, Franck Perque, the organizers have assigned a difficulty rating to each of the cobbled sectors of the race, assessed according to their length, the irregularity of the cobbles, the general condition of the section and its location. The sectors rated five stars remain the Trouée d’Arenberg, Mons-en-Pévèle and the Carrefour de l’Arbre.

 

Cobbles make for treacherous riding conditions, and there are always a handful of crashes at Paris-Roubaix.

This year, the minor modifications concern the attack phase of the cobbles, with the Troisvilles sector retaining its entire length (2200 m). A little further on, the peloton will regroup at the hamlet of Buat sector (# 24), where the difficulty of the slope is added to that of the cobbles. In total, the cobbled kilometers for the men’s race is exactly 55 kilometers.

For their baptism of the cobbled roads, the female riders take on a more manageable 29,2 kilometers, with 17 sectors on the programme. The two courses converge with 85 kilometers to go, while the women will have started from Denain and ridden 33.9 kilometres. They will begin with the four-star 3,7 km long sector from Hornaing to Wandignies. For them too, the demanding route to the velodrome passes through the sectors of Mons-en-Pévèle and the Carrefour de l’Arbre!

 

The 30 cobbled sectors of Paris–Roubaix

30 : Troisvilles to Inchy (km 96,3 – 2,2 km) ***

29 : Viesly to Quiévy (km 102,8 – 1,8 km) ***

28 : Quiévy to Saint-Python (km 105,4 – 3,7 km) ****

27 : Saint-Python (km 110,1 – 1,5 km) **

26 : Haussy to Saint-Martin-sur-Écaillon (km 116,6 – 0,8 km) **

25 : Saint-Martin-sur-Ecaillon to Vertain (km 120,9 – 2,3 km) ***

24 : Capelle to Ruesnes (km 127,3 – 1,7 km) ***

23 : Artres to Quérénaing (km 136,3 – 1,3 km) **

22 : Quérénaing to Maing (km 138,1 – 2,5 km) ***

21 : Maing to Monchaux-sur-Ecaillon (km 141,2 – 1,6 km) ***

20 : Haveluy to Wallers (km 154,2 – 2,5 km) ****

19 : Trouée d’Arenberg (km 162,4 – 2,3 km) *****

18 : Wallers to Hélesmes (km 168,4 – 1,6 km) ***

17 : Hornaing to Wandignies (km 175,2 – 3,7 km) ****

16 : Warlaing to Brillon (km 182,7 – 2,4 km) ***

15 : Tilloy to Sars-et-Rosières (km 186,2 – 2,4 km) ****

14 : Beuvry-la-Forêt to Orchies (km 192,5 – 1,4 km) ***

13 : Orchies (km 197,5 – 1,7 km) ***

12 : Auchy-lez-Orchies to Bersée (km 203,6 – 2,7 km) ****

11 : Mons-en-Pévèle (km 209,1 – 3 km) *****

10 : Mérignies to Avelin (km 215,1 – 0,7 km) **

9 : Pont-Thibault to Ennevelin (km 218,5 – 1,4 km) ***

8 : Templeuve – L’Epinette (km 223,9 – 0,2 km) *

8 : Templeuve – Moulin-de-Vertain (km 224,4 – 0,5 km) **

7 : Cysoing to Bourghelles (km 230,8 – 1,3 km) ***

6 : Bourghelles to Wannehain (km 233,3 – 1,1 km) ***

5 : Camphin-en-Pévèle (km 237,8 – 1,8 km) ****

4 : Carrefour de l’Arbre (km 240,5 – 2,1 km) *****

3 : Gruson (km 242,8 – 1,1 km) **

2 : Willems to Hem (km 249,5 – 1,4 km) ***

1 : Roubaix – Espace Charles Crupelandt (km 256,3 – 0,3 km) *

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