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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.

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.