Paris-Roubaix returns after 903 days of absence
Sep 15 2021 08:30 am CET

Paris-Roubaix returns after 903 days of absence
Paris-Roubaix returns after 903 days of absence
Paris-Roubaix

Paris-Roubaix is finally returning after a long wait of more than two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The last time that the race took place was on April 14 of 2019, on a day that Philippe Gilbert won his fourth Monument. At the time, nobody expected that 903 days would have to pass for the peloton to face the cobblestones once again.

After the sanitary crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, that forced twice the cancellation of the race, it seems like the wait is finally over on October 3. That day, the pack will face the familiar 257.7-kilometre route that features 55 kilometres of cobbles spread over 30 sectors -one more than in 2019.

On an autumn day, one week after the road race of the World Championships, the riders will face a route that has been slightly modified in its first cobbled sectors. The Troisvilles section will be ridden in its 2.2-kilometre entirety, the Vertain sector will be tackled in the opposite direction which meand the riders will have to climb it, and then they will face the Hameau du Buat, after which comes a stretch of 30 kilometres before the Trouée d'Arenberg.

But one day before, another memorable event will happen as the women's peloton will start on the first ever edition of Paris-Roubaix Femmes. They will cover a 116.4-kilometre route that includes 17 cobbled sectors and the last 85 kilometres will be the same as the men's race, including the iconic finish in the velodrome of Roubaix.





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