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Video: TdF Stage 5 preview over the Paris-Roubaix cobbles

A big day looming on Wednesday - GCN identify the key points on the stage

The Tour de France resumes tomorrow with what should be a sprinter-friendly stage from Le Touquet to Lille - but it's the following day that sees one of the most eagerly anticipated days of the entire three-week race, as the peloton tackles some of the sections of pavé used in the Paris-Roubaix Spring Classic.

The last time the Tour de France tackled these roads, in 2010, it was carnage. Overall hopeful Fränk Schleck crashed out, Lance Armstrong was among others to lose time as the peloton splintered, and the stage was won by Thor Hushovd with Geraint Thomas second.

Also in a select front group was Fabian Cancellara - now a three-time Paris-Roubaix champion - who took the race leader's yellow jersey in the Tour that day.

Similar drama is expected on Wednesday, and in this video the GCN team have a look at the stage in detail and identify the key points on the rout of the stage. And bad news for the peloton - at the moment, there's a fairly strong chance of rain on the route of the race from Ypres to Arenberg.

As the cliché goes, this early in the race, it's not a day that the yellow jersey will be won... but it's almost certainly one on which one of the overall contenders will lose it.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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