On-board cameras make their debut at the Hell of the North

Yesterday’s Paris-Roubaix has been hailed as one of the most dramatic editions of the race in decades – and for the first time in the race's history, Velon had cameras on some of the bikes from the 11 teams belonging to the joint venture.

One of those captured the moment that Fabian Cancellara, riding the race for the last time, saw his hopes of a record-equalling fourth victory dashed when he crashed with more than 50 kilometres to go.

The footage shows Etixx-Quick Step’s Niki Terpstra, another past winner, crash into the prone Cancellara, and the video as a whole gives an idea of just how stressful and chaotic the race is.

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Here’s the TV footage of that crash, which took place on the Mons en Pevele sector, and which shows Peter Sagan managing somehow to bunnyhop over Cancellara, even though he had a foot unclipped.

Here’s some more GoPro footage from the race, followed by the official highlights.


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.