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If there is one race that can live up to the excitement and unpredictability we saw in Belgium last weekend, it’s surely this Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix (April 10).

Although Fabian Cancellara cannot make history by winning the Flanders-Roubaix double for a second year, the Leopard-Trek rider will be hell-bent on making up for his disappointment last weekend in the 109th running of the “Hell of the North”.

Tom Boonen – a three-time winner here – will also want to perform better on Sunday to make up for his fourth place in the Ronde. Cancellara continues to have the edge over the Belgian, who shows little sign of repeating his 2009 victory in the race, but as Flanders showed, this isn’t just a two-horse race.

After impressing in both the Dwars door Vlaanderen and Tour of Flanders, Geraint Thomas has been given joint leadership by the management at Team Sky. The 24-year-old, who won the junior version of this race in 2004, will lead the line with Juan Antonio Flecha, who has finished in the top ten every year since 2005.

Paris-Roubaix 2011: The route
27 cobbled sectors await the riders on Sunday, although the first section – at Troisvilles à Inchy – comes well over a third into the race at the 98km mark.

The route soon makes up for this, with the remaining 26 sectors coming within just over 150km of racing; almost one new section every 8km on average.

This year, the sectors at Aulnoy-lez-Valenciennes (after 142.5km) and Famars (146 km) are returning, while the riders will also face the 1.4km section at Millonfosse for the very first time.

Although Saturday’s sportive will not finish there as initially planned, the peloton will once again finish in the Roubaix velodrome.

Cobbled sectors (name/point in race/length/difficulty)

27. Troisvilles (km 98 – 2200m) +++
26. Viesly (km 104.5 – 1800m) +++
25. Quievy (km 107 – 3700m) ++++
24. Saint-Python (km 115.5 – 1500m) ++
23. Vertain (km 119.5 – 2300m) +++
22. Capelle-sur-Ecaillon – Le Buat (km 126.5 – 1700m) +++
21. Aulnoy-lez-Valenciennes – Famars (km 142.5 – 2600m) +++++
20. Famars – Quérénaing (km 146 – 1200m) ++
19. Quérénaing – Maing (km 149 – 2500m) +++
18. Monchaux-sur-Ecaillon (km 152 – 1600m) +++
17. Haveluy (km 164 – 2500m) ++++
16. Trouée d’Arenberg (km 172 – 2400m) +++++
15. Millonfosse – Bousiginies (km 178.5- 1400m) +++
14. Brillon à Tilloy-lez-Marchiennes (km 183.5 – 1100m) ++
Tilloy – Sars-et-Rosières (km 186 – 2400m) +++
13. Beuvry-la-Forêt – Orchies (km 192.5 – 1400m) +++
12. Orchies (km 197.5 – 1700m) +++
11. Auchy-lez-Orchies – Bersée (km 203.5 – 2600m) +++
10. Mons-en-Pévèle (km 209 – 3000m) +++++
9. Mérignies – Avelin (km 215 – 700m) ++
8. Pont-Thibaut (km 218.5 – 1400m) +++
7. Templeuve l’Epinette (km 224 – 200m) +
Le Moulin de Vertain (km 224.5 – 500m) ++
6. Cysoing – Bourghelles (km 231 – 1300m) ++++
Bourghelles – Wannehain (km 233.5 – 1100m) +++
5. Camphin-en-Pévèle (km 238 – 1800m) ++++
4. Le Carrefour de l’Arbre (km 241 – 2100m) +++++
3. Gruson (km 243 – 1100m) ++
2. Hem (km 250 – 1400m) ++

1. Roubaix (km 258 – 300m) +

Finish: 258km, Roubaix velodrome

Paris-Roubaix 2011: The weather

The race is scheduled to be another dry affair, replicating last year’s event. No part of pavé should be damp as no rain is scheduled to fall in northern France for the rest of this week so it’s looking like another dry, dusty affair. The last time we had a wet Paris-Roubaix was back in 2002.

Five-day forecast

Wednesday 6 April – Sunny, 23°C
Thursday 7 April – Sunny, 17°C

Friday 8 April – Sunny, 17°C

Saturday 9 April – Sunny, 18°C (Paris-Roubaix sportive)

Sunday 10 April – Sunny, 19°C

Past race-day weather
2010: Dry, sunny, very dusty
2009: Dry, sunny
2008: Dry, sunny, slightly dusty
2007: Dry, sunny, very dusty
2006: Dry, overcast
2005: Dry, overcast
2004: Dry, cloudy
2003: Dry
2002: Wet, muddy
2001: Wet, muddy

Paris-Roubaix 2011: Teams

Ag2r-La Mondiale

Astana

BMC Racing Team
Bretagne-Schuller
Cofidis
Europcar

Euskaltel-Euskadi
FDJ
Garmin-Cervelo

HTC-Highroad
Katusha

Lampre-ISD

Liquigas-Cannondale

Leopard Trek

Movistar

Omega Pharma-Lotto

Quick Step

Rabobank
RadioShack
Saur-Sojasun

Saxo Bank-Sungard
Skil-Shimano

Sky Procycling
Team Netapp

Vacansoleil-DCM



Paris-Roubaix 2011: British riders


Roger Hammond (Garmin-Cervelo)

Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad)
Jeremy Hunt (Team Sky)

Ian Stannard (Team Sky)
Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)


Paris-Roubaix 2011: TV guide

British Eurosport

Sunday April 10, 11.15-16.15, Paris-Roubaix LIVE

Sunday April 10, 20.15-21.15, Paris-Roubaix highlights

Monday April 11, 9.30-10.45, Paris-Roubaix highlights



Eurosport HD

Sunday April 10, 11.30-16.00, Paris-Roubaix LIVE

Sunday April 10, 21.00-22.00, Paris-Roubaix highlights


Paris-Roubaix: Recent winners

2010 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank

2009 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step

2008 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step

2007 Stuart O’Grady (Aus) CSC

2006 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) CSC

2005 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step

2004 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Alessio-Bianchi

2003 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Domo

2002 Johan Museeuw (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites

2001 Servais Knaven (Hol) Domo-Farm Frites

2000 Johan Museeuw (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step
 



Paris-Roubaix 2010: Results
1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank in 6-35-10

2. Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo at 2-00

3. Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Team Sky at same time

4. Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervelo at 3-14

5. Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step at same time

6. Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil at 3-20

7. Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha at 3-46 

8. Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto at 5-16 

9. Sebastien Hinault (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale at 6-27 

10. Hayden Roulston (Nzl) HTC-Columbia at 6-59

British

18. Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo at 7-05

64. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky at 14-38

Related links

Spring classics 2011 – coverage index

Garmin-Cervelo’s classic season at risk

  • dom hegarty

    The Big Preview is nothing if not comprehensive. For us tv viewers it would be a great help if the mileage (kilometrage!) was given in distances from the finish. It would save us doing subtractions all the time !