Paris-Roubaix: The Course and the Riders

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04/9/2006| 0 comments
by Gerald Churchill
The famous Arenberg Trench - Renovated and rendered easier to pass. Will it still be able to split the field? Stay tuned to Roadcycling.com to find out! Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.
The famous Arenberg Trench - Renovated and rendered easier to pass. Will it still be able to split the field? Stay tuned to Roadcycling.com to find out! Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Paris-Roubaix: The Course and the Riders

The first 100 km of Paris-Roubaix are like the first 200 pages of a Dostoyevsky novel.

strong enough to help the German out of tough spots.

 

Another German and a former T-Mobile rider will be at the helm of Milram. In 2000, Erik Zabel finished third at the Hell of the North, but advancing years and a weak team will probably keep the German from repeating the feat. Still, a seven-time Tour de France green jersey winner and a World Cup champion can never be ruled out.

 


CSC has Fabian Cancellara, who finished fourth in 2004 and eighth last year. He has a good team behind him. If the chips fall his way, the Swiss could win. Look for experienced Dane Lars Michaelsen as well.

 

Credit Agricole has Thor Hushovd, who won Gent-Wevelgem. If he has recovered from his effort in that race, he could win Paris-Roubaix. Clearly, he has the form. He might not, however, have the team.

 

The same holds true for Juan Antonio Flecha (Rabobank). Flecha is a good one-day man, but Rabobank is not as strong as other teams that want to put a man on the podium.

 

The weather forecast is for morning showers and 12 degrees Celsius at the start in Paris tomorrow--and mainly sunny and 15 degrees in
Roubaix
. As I write these words, rain is pouring in
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. Will the roads and trenches stay wet and make the race even harder for the riders--but more exciting for the viewers?

 

Check in at Roadcycling.com for coverage of Paris-Roubaix!

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