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Cobbles, mud and much more ... we're looking forward to Sunday's big race...

Sunday sees what for many – pro cyclists included – is THE one-day race of the season, Paris-Roubaix, and teams have been out this week undertaking their reconnaissance of the course focusing of course on some of the more difficult of the 29 sections of pavé that are the signature feature of the race.

Here’s our round-up of some of the videos and pictures that we have spotted on social media ahead of the 257-kilometre race from Compiegne to Roubaix, starting with this introduction from organisers ASO to the event nicknamed the Queen of the Classics and the Hell of the North.

And here is the official teaser.

Here’s LottoNL-Jumbo taking on the Arenberg

 

And here’s a view on that secteur by a former pro who never rode this race – but did ride over these cobbles from the opposite direction during the 2010 Tour de France.

Will this be Peter Sagan’s year?

Chapeau.

A bit of friendly rivalry between AG2R La Mondiale and Groupama-FDJ during their recce yesterday.

Didi the Devil has employed his design skills on a rather unique bike to tackle the cobbles.

In the build-up to the race, the slightest sight of mud gets the hopes up among a lot of fans that we could see a particularly epic edition. The forecast is that it will be dry through to Sunday, but there’s work to be done by volunteers in clearing the mud that is already on some parts of the course.

ASO’s Thierry Govenou is among those hoping parts of the course will dry out.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.