Tour de France's cobbled stage set to shake up race

Wednesday's stage five can be regarded as a mini 'Paris-Roubaix' and should shake up the overall classification

The cobbles of the Trouée d'Arenberg

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

After leaving England, the Tour de France's peloton has its eyes on Wednesday's 'Paris-Roubaix' stage. With some of France's worst roads, the day should shake up the classification before the high mountains and swing in the favour of one of the classics specialists.

"It's not a one-day race, though," said three-time Roubaix winner Fabian Cancellara (Trek). "It's doesn't end with the finish line because the next day there's another race. That makes a difference."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.