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Paris-Roubaix, or the "Hell of the North" (L'Enfer du Nord) was first organized in 1896. Only during the World Wars, the race didn't take place.

Originally the race was driven between Paris and Roubaix, but since 1968 the start line lies in Compiègne (80 km northwest of Paris). The finish is traditionally at the Roubaix cycling arena, where the cyclists have to ride the last 600 meters.

Traditionally, Paris-Roubaix takes place the Sunday after the Tour of Flanders. A large part of the contest is over cobblestones, which characterizes the race. According to some, the game owes its nickname of "Hell of the North" to these famous cobblestones. Two other nicknames of this classic is "The Queen of the Classics" (la Reine des Classiques), due to the heavy track and "La Pascale", because the race is held around Easter.

Today, Paris-Roubaix is organized by the Société du Tour de France (ASO), which also organizes the Tour de France.

Since 2011, Paris-Roubaix is part of ​​the UCI World Tour.

Edition 2016 :

The 114th edition is taking place on April 10. The course of this edition counts 52,8km of cobblestone strips (a few hundreds of meters more than the previous edition), on a total distance of 257,5km, with start in Compiègne and finish on the cycling track of Roubaix.

There are a few subtile, yet significant, modifications regarding to the edition of 2015. There are the traditionally strategic spots such as the Trouée d'Arenberg, the cobblestone strip of Mons-en-Pévèle or the Carrefour de l'Arbre. They remain the ultimate filters to decide the race. The other 24 cobblestone strips, will most certainly influence the preamble to these 3 strategic spots or maybe consolidate the evolution of the race.

This year, the most important modification in the race, is the comeback (after 3 years of absence) of the Hameau de Buat, the only uphill cobblestone strip in the race, which lies at the start of the cobblestone sequences (after 127km).

Overwiew of the most famous cobblestone strips :

Aulnoy-lez-Valenciennes -> Famars
2.600 m (1.61 mi) - 5*

Trouée d'Arenberg
2.400 m (1.49 mi) - 5*

2.960 m (1.83 mi) - 5*

Carrefour de l'Arbre
2.100 m (1.3 mi) - 5*

Quiévy - Saint-Python
3.700 m (2.29 mi) - 4*

Haveluy - Wallers
2.520 m (1.56 mi) - 4*

Auchy-les-Orchies - Bersée
2.740 m (1.7 mi) - 4*

Cysoing - Bourghelles
1.310 m (0.81 mi) - 4*

Bourghelles à Wannehain
1.110 m (0.69 mi) - 4*

1.800 m (1.11 mi) - 4*



Palmares : 1990 - 2016

2016      Mathew Hayman (AUS)
2015      John Degenkolb (DE)
2014      Niki Terpstra (NL)
2013      Fabian Cancellara (CH)
2012      Tom Boonen (Bel)
2011      Johan van Summeren (Bel)
2010      Fabian Cancellara (CH)
2009      Tom Boonen (Bel)
2008      Tom Boonen (Bel)
2007      Stuart O'Grady (Aus)
2006      Fabian Cancellara (Ch)
2005      Tom Boonen (Bel)
2004      Magnus Backstedt (Sw)
2003      Peter Van Petegem (Bel)
2002      Johan Museeuw (Bel)
2001      Servais Knaven (Nl)
2000      Johan Museeuw (Bel)
1999      Andrea Tafi (Ita)
1998      Franco Ballerini (Ita)
1997      Frédéric Guesdon (Fra)
1996      Johan Museeuw (Bel)
1995      Franco Ballerini (Ita)
1994      Andreï Tchmil (Rus)
1993      Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle (Fra)
1992      Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle (Fra)
1991      Marc Madiot (Fra)
1990      Eddy Planckaert (Bel)

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