Filippo Ganna, Lorena Wiebes, or Matej Mohorič: Eight wildcards for Paris-Roubaix

Who could spring a surprise at the Hell of the North?

Paris-Roubaix wildcards
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More than any other race, Paris-Roubaix is a race where someone can surprise the field and take an unexpected win. The old adage goes that one has to keep riding, because you never know what happens over the seemingly endless cobbled sectors.

Just ask Mat Hayman, who shocked by winning in front of Tom Boonen in 2016, or Florian Vermeersch, who unexpectedly finished second in the muddy Roubaix of 2021.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.