Five talking points from the 2019 Paris-Roubaix

From veteran stars to breakthrough performances - here are the hot topics from the 'Hell of the North'

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Gilbert moves closer to historic Monument clean sweep

When Philippe Gilbert reiterated at the start of the season his desire to win all five Monuments before retiring, it came across as admirably ambitious, but increasingly implausible.

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Stephen Puddicombe is a freelance journalist for Cycling Weekly, who regularly contributes to our World Tour racing coverage with race reports, news stories, interviews and features. Outside of cycling, he also enjoys writing about film and TV - but you won't find much of that content embedded into his CW articles.