Extra brake lever for Sep Vanmarcke. No gloves.

Extra brake lever for Sep Vanmarcke. No gloves.

Fabian Cancellara was so tired after winning Paris-Roubaix he fell off his bike after coming to a stop.
Unlike many of his rivals it was the only time he came off his bike today.

Fabian Cancellara was so tired after winning Paris-Roubaix he fell off his bike after coming to a stop.

Unlike many of his rivals it was the only time he came off his bike today.

In 1986 Franco-Algerian artist Mahjoub Ben Bella painted 12km of the Paris-Roubaix cobbles. It might be the longest piece of art in the world but there is little trace of the work today, except this photo via local newspaper La Voix du Nord.

In 1986 Franco-Algerian artist Mahjoub Ben Bella painted 12km of the Paris-Roubaix cobbles. It might be the longest piece of art in the world but there is little trace of the work today, except this photo via local newspaper La Voix du Nord.

The old and the new: The new Vélodrome Jean Stablinski as seen from the air next to the old outdoor velodrome.
The classic race was created in 1896 by two local textile manufacturers in part to publicise a velodrome they had just built. But this original track vanished a long time ago. The concrete Vélodrome André Pétrieux was opened in 1936.
This Sunday’s race will finish as usual on the old track.

The old and the new: The new Vélodrome Jean Stablinski as seen from the air next to the old outdoor velodrome.

The classic race was created in 1896 by two local textile manufacturers in part to publicise a velodrome they had just built. But this original track vanished a long time ago. The concrete Vélodrome André Pétrieux was opened in 1936.

This Sunday’s race will finish as usual on the old track.

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ASO inaugurate the “Pont Gibus” cobbled section of Paris-Roubaix. It’s been used before but the section from Wallers to Hélesmes makes a return for 2013.

"Pont" means bridge and the section is marked by a brick bridge that the race passes under that’s covered with graffiti saying "Gibus", the nickname of Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle, the winner in 1992 and 1993.

via Twitter’s @davidopoczynski

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"The showers are the only strategic place to get hold of a Paris-Roubaix rider. They all go there. And they dream of the place like a dog dreams of a bone. With time the communal showers have become a legend, as much as the cobbles. They are the wall of tears, the place where riders grimace, lament, compare injuries, describe their crashes… it’s the place where they wash dust, wounds and fatigue."

http://inrng.com/2011/04/showers-for-roubaix/

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