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FINALLY Paris - Roubaix 2021 **spoilers**

rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,376 Lives Here
After 900 odd days the best one day race is finally back on.

Not in its usual calendar spot.










Weather:



The Gods might finally have blessed us with a wet Roubaix, 19 years after the last one….

If it is it’ll be chaos.

Favourites:

It’s been so long since a wet Roubaix - which is a very different proposition - that we are slightly flying blind. And that’s before you get to the calendar position. Usually by now we know exactly how every favourite is going.

Anyway, here’s some favourites. Look out for any cyclo-crosser as they will likely have the necessary skills.

Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix), Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), 2019 road race World Champion Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo), 2014 winner John Degenkolb (Lotto Soudal), AG2R Citroën's Oliver Naesen and 2018 winner Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe).

Food:

You may be in France but Roubaix is a rough old place and not far from the Flemish border so you’ll be eating Carbonnade Flamande



Drink: Equally, you’ll be drinking beer, not wine. The hipsters there are even good enough at English for an English pun…




Enjoy it!!!
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  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 7,078



    Did that stuff come out of a tin? Looks like the contents of a tinned meat pie without the pastry.

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  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,215
    Hah!
    You won Rick.
    Your prize is that you now get to do all the GT stages, next year. :D

    I will bring the bits of my thread that are useful over and then mine can die a gentle death....
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  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,215
    edited 3 October




    Secteurs pavés
    #30: Troisvilles à Inchy, 2 200 m
    #29: Viesly à Quiévy, 1 800 m
    #28: Quiévy à Saint-Python, 3 700 m
    #27: Saint-Python, 1 500 m
    #26: Haussy à Saint-Martin-sur-Écaillon, 800 m
    #25: Saint-Martin-sur-Écaillon à Vertain, 2 300 m
    #24: Capelle à Ruesnes, 1 700 m
    #23: Artres à Quérénaing, 1 300 m
    #22: Quérénaing à Maing, 2 500 m
    #21: Maing à Monchaux-sur-Ecaillon, 1 600 m
    #20: Haveluy à Wallers, 2 500 m
    #19: Trouée d'Arenberg, 2 300 m
    #18: Wallers à Hélesmes, 1 600 m
    #17: Hornaing à Wandignies, 3 700 m
    #16: Warlaing à Brillon, 2 400 m
    #15: Tilloy à Sars-et-Rosières, 2 400 m
    #14: Beuvry à Orchies, 1 400 m
    #13: Orchies, 1 700 m
    #12: Auchy à Bersée, 2 700 m
    #11: Mons-en-Pévèle, 3 000 m
    #10: Mérignies à Avelin, 700 m
    #9: Pont-Thibault à Ennevelin, 1 400 m
    #8: Templeuve, 200 m + 500 m
    #7: Cysoing à Bourghelles, 1 300 m
    #6: Bourghelles à Wannehain, 1 100 m
    #5: Camphin-en-Pévèle, 1 800 m
    #4: Carrefour de l'Arbre, 2 100 m
    #3: Gruson, 1 100 m
    #2: Willems à Hem, 1 400 m
    #1: Roubaix (Espace Charles Crupelandt), 300 m

    3 Key Sectors:
    The Arenberg Forest lies at the heart of the race. Tension usually starts to rise when approaching this so called Trouée d’Arenberg, which is a 2,284 metres stretch which heads straight on through the woods. Riders who aspire to win Paris-Roubaix have no choice – they have to spend energy here, to be at the front, otherwise, they risk getting caught up behind or in crashes.



    Next, Mons-en-Pévèle, where the combination of the length of 2,985 metres and the sorry state of the cobbles usually account for the weakest of the group of favourites that have stayed in contention to this point.

    Finally, the riders hit the iconic Carrefour de l’Arbre with 16.5 kilometres left. At 2,086 metres, this stretch of pavé is feared for the sloped corners. After 1,200 metres a tricky left-hand bend leads to a slight ascent. Carrefour de l’Arbre is not just their last opportunity, but generally the point at which those who pick up the pave, at the end of the day in the Roubaix velodrome, attack.

    In short, bike handling will be at a premium on Sunday as riders slog through muddy roads on lumpy terrain while buffeted by winds.




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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,376 Lives Here
    Soz BZ - if I’d had known etc
  • gweedsgweeds Posts: 2,375
    Any danger of rain meaning diversions around cobbled sectors?
    Napoleon, don't be jealous that I've been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training to be a cage fighter.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,215
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • bianchi_davebianchi_dave Posts: 447
    That's insane, hard enough riding over wet cobbles when you can actually see them!
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  • Ahh, it’s OK, just ride down the middle.

    To be honest, I can see some sections being cut.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,376 Lives Here

    Ahh, it’s OK, just ride down the middle.

    To be honest, I can see some sections being cut.

    Flooded?

    As much as this annoys me - if the majority of it is under water it’s not really fair to run that section.
  • takethehighroadtakethehighroad Posts: 5,989
    gweeds said:

    Any danger of rain meaning diversions around cobbled sectors?

    No. Prudhomme basically said "It's not a stage race and the difficulty is what makes it a race"
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,215

    Ahh, it’s OK, just ride down the middle.

    To be honest, I can see some sections being cut.

    Flooded?

    As much as this annoys me - if the majority of it is under water it’s not really fair to run that section.
    Not that they could leave a decision that late, but given the overall conditions, I would expect so few riders to be left in contention by Mons, they should be in single file and able to ride the crown, if nothing else.

    Given the last really wet race was in 2002, you haven't got much to go on, young Rick. ;)
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,376 Lives Here
    Fair fair.

    I have watched the full coverage of the last few wet editions on YouTube
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 10,220
    Is it correct to say the finish will be 3.30-4.30 UK time?

    Seeing Bond 4.45 in town so hoping I'll be able to stop in Rapha to watch the end of the race...
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,192
    In Denmark the coverage is free to air and has started with pre race interviews and a weather forecast already (actual weather forecaster, radar etc).
    We're finally here!
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  • takethehighroadtakethehighroad Posts: 5,989
    Hatch and Lloyd on comms, likely with Maggy and Tom Southam later, as they're in the studio
  • ProssPross Posts: 29,616
    You wait 18 months for a spoiler thread and two come along at once! Thanks both, can't wait.
  • JimD666JimD666 Posts: 408

    Hatch and Lloyd on comms, likely with Maggy and Tom Southam later, as they're in the studio

    And Adam Blythe on the back of a moto :)
  • takethehighroadtakethehighroad Posts: 5,989
    On the way to kilometre 0 and it is absolutely hammering down
  • johnboy183johnboy183 Posts: 822
    Likely anyone on CX bikes and/or tyres?
  • ProssPross Posts: 29,616
    Here we go, I'm like a kid at Christmas
  • ProssPross Posts: 29,616

    Likely anyone on CX bikes and/or tyres?

    Nah, the bikes these days with discs and clearances plus really fat tyres will be fine.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,215
    edited 3 October
    Crash already.
    Mitch Docker down in his last race.

    Oh and commentary bliss too!
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  • ProssPross Posts: 29,616
    First crash, Mitch Docker in his final race.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,215
    A few big names already trying an extreme Deignan move. B)
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  • ProssPross Posts: 29,616
    Tuens and Trentin get a slight gap. GVA was chasing but now caught. If they stayed away I assume we'll be saying they are lucky and down-rating the race as a result?
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 14,069
    Pross said:

    Tuens and Trentin get a slight gap. GVA was chasing but now caught. If they stayed away I assume we'll be saying they are lucky and down-rating the race as a result?

    When Johan Vansummeren won, many on this forum thought he was lucky.
  • ProssPross Posts: 29,616
    Trentin's luck has run out
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,215

    Pross said:

    Tuens and Trentin get a slight gap. GVA was chasing but now caught. If they stayed away I assume we'll be saying they are lucky and down-rating the race as a result?

    When Johan Vansummeren won, many on this forum thought he was lucky.
    How about Matt Hayman?
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  • ProssPross Posts: 29,616
    Ineos have had a couple of goes at getting someone up to the lead pair. Golas looking to go out in style but brought straight back.
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