Paris-Roubaix trophy: the most coveted cobble in cycling

The Paris-Roubaix trophy is the one piece of road that professional cyclists most want to own

Niki Terpstra with his 2014 winner's trophy. Photo: Graham Watson

Is there a rock more prized than this? Since 1977 the winner of Paris-Roubaix has been awarded a rough, granite cube on a polished stone plinth. It’s a granite sett, a cobblestone, the sort of stone used to pave roads before concrete and tarmac. Roads like those preserved in Northern France, and used for the annual battle across the infamous ‘Hell of the North’.

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