- The Paris-Roubaix returns this year after being cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic
- It is one of the most prestigious events to be held in Europe
Cycling fans will be delighted to see the Paris-Roubaix back on the international calendar, as the one-day event is of the most prestigious events that are staged in Europe. The European Classic is one of the big events towards the end of the season, but which rider could stand the best chance of winning the event?
- When: Sunday, October 3rd
- Where: Northern France
- How To Watch: NBC Sports
|Favorite to Win||Odds|
|Wout Van Aaert||+200|
|Mathieu Van Der Poel||+500|
The Paris-Roubaix is considered to be one of the most difficult cycling road races of the year, due to its rough terrain and unpredictability. Unlike many other cycling events, precautions are made by cyclists when it comes to this event, with special frames and wheels used to give riders the best chance of success. The first edition of the race came in 1896, and has been held 117 times. The only years that the race wasn’t staged came during the World Wars, and 12 months ago due to COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the route of the race has differed throughout its history, with the original starting in Paris and ending in Roubaix. However, since 1977, the race has started in Compiegne. Keeping the course in great condition has been the challenge of the Les Amis de Paris-Roubaix, who ensure that the course is safe for drivers to ride and is assessed throughout the year building up to the start.
There are 30 sectors that make up the race, with 55km being the total distance covered. Below, you can see all the sectors that make up the Paris-Roubaix.
|1||Roubaix (Escape Crupelandt)|
|2||Willems to Hem|
|4||Carrefour de l’Arbre|
|6||Bourghelles to Wannehain|
|7||Cysoing to Bourghelles|
|9||Point-Thibaut to Ennevelin|
|10||Merignies to Avelin|
|12||Auchy-lez-Orchies to Bersee|
|14||Beuvry-la-Foret to Orchies|
|15||Tiloy to Sars-et-Rosieres|
|16||Warlaing to Brillon|
|17||Hornaing to Wandignies|
|18||Wallers to Helesmes|
|20||Haveluy to Wallers|
|21||Maing to Monchaux-sur-Ecaillon|
|22||Querenaing to Maing|
|24||Hameau de Buat|
|29||Briastre: Secteur Pave Michael Goolaerts|
|30||Troisvilles to Inchy|
Pick & Prediction
Who will win the Paris-Roubaix:
The top of the betting only highlights how unpredictable this event can be. However, it is no surprise to see Wout van Aert at the top of the betting. The 26-year-old could come into the event as the winner of the road race at the World Championships, after a very impressive year to this point. He has one three individual stages of the Tour de France to this point, and also won the National Road Race Championship earlier this season.
- Wout van Aaert