The 2008 Paris-Roubaix will be ridden tomorrow.
Magnus Backstedt (Slipstream Chipotle) is another rider to watch in a small group. The Swede won Paris-Roubaix in a sprint in 2004. In recent seasons, Backstedt has struggled, but he is said to have his 2004 form back. If that is so, Backstedt is a favorite in a sprint finish.
Stuart O'Grady (CSC), the defending champion, seems to lack last year's form. However, working for Cancellara could give him opportunities. George Hincapie (High Road) has four top ten finishes in Paris-Roubaix, so he knows his way around the race and can win if the right situation develops. Juan Antonio Flecha (Rabobank) has three top ten finishes and can also win if he gets the right opportunities.
Several riders are dark horses. One of these is Leif Hoste (Lotto). The Belgian has had high finishes in the classics, but he has not broken through for a major victory, and perhaps too much has been expected of him. Alessandro Ballan (Lampre) won the 2006 Tour of Flanders and finished third in that year's Paris-Roubaix. Nick Nuyens (Cofidis) has shown classics promise with victories in the 2005 Het Volk and the 2006 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, but he might need more experience riding the Hell of the North.
Tomorrow's Paris-Roubaix will be an epic battle. Read about it at www.roadcycling.com!