Sunday sees the Queen of the Classics, Paris-Roubaix, one of the most eagerly awaited races of the year, and ahead of the weekend teams are reconnoitring some of the secteurs of pavé such as the Trouée d’Arenberg and Carrefour de l’Arbre, that they will have to negotiate to on their way to the finish in Roubaix’s historic velodrome.
Here’s a brief round-up of videos to help whet your appetite ahead of Sunday, including a rider’s view of the pavé on a recce ride, plus one of only two men to have won the race on four occasions talking about what it takes to win it.
First up, here’s Daniel Oss of BMC Racing joining his team mates for a ride over the pavé, to the accompaniment of Blondie’s One Way or Another.
Here's a video from Lotto NL-Jumbo helmet sponsor Bell with team riders including Sep Vanmarcke - second to Fabian Cancellara two years ago - sharing their thoughts on what makes Paris-Roubaix so special.
Three years ago, Tom Boonen rode more than 50 kilometres solo to win the race for the fourth time, equalling the record of fellow Belgian Roger De Vlaeminck, who triumphed on four occasions in the 1970s. Boonen is missing this year through injury, but in this video for Specialized he talks about the qualities needed to win a race that he believes he will most be remembered for once his career has finished.
Race organisers ASO have also released a couple of videos in the build-up to the race. First off, here’s highlights from 2014.
And finally, in case you weren’t aware, a certain cyclist is riding his last race for a top-flight team on Sunday, and has ambitions to go out with victory in the Queen of the Classics … here’s a tribute of sorts from ASO.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.