Gravel bikes aren't fit for the cobbles: five tech trends from Paris-Roubaix

Gravel bikes, aero bikes, double wrapped tape or no gloves at all - the weekend's racing certainly showed us that there's no one way to ride the Hell of the North

Factor Ostro Gravel
(Image credit: Getty, Factor)

The 121st edition of the men's Paris-Roubaix was ripped up by none other than Mathieu van der Poel on Sunday, as he made an audacious move, breaking away from the lead group with 60 kilometers still remaining. From the moment of his attack, the writing was on the wall, and his gap continued to balloon out to a winning margin of three minutes. 

In the women's race, world champion Lotte Kopecky sprinted from a group of six favourites, giving way to a much more exciting finale. 

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Joe Baker
Tech Writer

Joe is Cycling Weekly's tech writer. He's always had a love for bikes, since first riding a two wheeled steed before the age of four. Years down the line, Joe began racing at 16, and enjoyed great experiences internationally, racing in Italy, Spain and Belgium to name a few locations. Always interested in tech, Joe even piloted his Frankenstein hill climb bike to a Junior National Title in 2018.  After taking a step back from elite level racing in April 2022, Joe joined our team as a freelancer, before becoming Tech Writer in May 2023.