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Old April 8th, 2014, 11:20 AM
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With the first half of the greatest week in cycling over, it's time for the second half. The greatest cycle race is in France, but it ain't the Tour de France. The greatest cycle race is Paris-Roubaix.

I love this race. I love everything about this race. I love its beauty. I love its ugliness. I love its brutality. This sticker sums up how I feel:

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Old April 8th, 2014, 11:22 AM
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Old April 8th, 2014, 12:09 PM
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One way you know Paris-Roubaix is the greatest cycle race is the prize.

If you win, you get a rock:


And you get your name on the shitty Roubaix shower stalls:


That's it. There aren't even any kisses from the podium girls. There are no podium girls.

This race is so shitty it's awesome.
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Old April 8th, 2014, 12:15 PM
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I say the Paris Roubaix broom wagon has the largest capacity...

Paris Roubaix





Tour of California



Tour de Korea



UK



Giro di Lombardia

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Old April 8th, 2014, 12:19 PM
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Boonen on the pave:


Love that pic. Love that bike.
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Old April 9th, 2014, 11:58 AM
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Old April 9th, 2014, 12:01 PM
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That machine is pure.
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Old April 9th, 2014, 12:36 PM
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1985 Paris-Roubaix:











Video of that year's race:



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Old April 10th, 2014, 12:47 PM
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While the race is still called Paris-Roubaix, since 1970 the race has started in Compiegne.

Compiegne is the site of the German Armistice in World War I and the French surrender in World War II:


Love that newsreel. Hitler had the French surrender in the same rail car in which the Germans signed. Talk about payback.
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Old April 11th, 2014, 04:39 PM
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The Quick Step boys have a powerhouse squad for Roubaix:




This crew is easily the strongest of the teams that will ride Roubaix on Sunday. They just did a Roubaix Recce.


Quote:
Terpstra and Boonen on the cobbles ... Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com


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... Followed closely by the rest of the team. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com


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Omega Pharma is running a new tire for this year's Paris-Roubaix, a combination of casing from boutique manufacturer FMB and Specialized's Gripton tread and rubber compound. The result, Specialized says, is a 30mm tubular that has rolling resistance as low as FMB's usual 25mm tubular. The team is running 28mm tires up front and 30mm on the rear, a combination the team settled on after testing last fall. Last year, the team rode 27mm FMB tubulars. This year most of the team is on a 30mm rear, which barely clears the SRAM Red brakes. In the event of rain and mud, they would likely use a 28mm rear to prevent the rear tire from locking up against the brake. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com


While they are the strongest, these guys are in deep shit and they know it. They failed to deliver at Flanders. Even worse, they had multiple men in the breaks and final selections and failed to deliver on their home turf.


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. . . no team has as many expectations piled on its shoulders as Omega Pharma. The Belgian super-team is the New York Yankees of the spring classics. As Lefevere said earlier this week, it’s only victory that counts.

“This is our last chance,” Boonen said bluntly. “Things haven’t happened as we had hoped so far, and things have not been good for me over the past few weeks, but I feel myself growing again these past few days.”

The stakes couldn’t be higher for Boonen. At 33, he’s poised to make history if he can win Sunday on the velodrome. He is tied with Roger De Vlaeminck with four Roubaix trophies. Cancellara could join that club if he wins Sunday, but Boonen seems intent on forming a one-man club of his own.

“Roubaix is the last authentic race,” Boonen said. “It hasn’t changed at all.”


Obviously, these guys want a win at Roubaix. But I think they also want revenge for last year when two of their riders were in the final selection but both got clipped by spectators:




That's bullshit. That's about as bad as it can get. I hope Sunday plays out for these guys as it did in 2012:


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Old April 12th, 2014, 08:44 AM
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Old April 12th, 2014, 09:25 AM
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Cofidis:



Giant-Shimano:



FDJ:

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Old April 12th, 2014, 09:37 AM
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Old April 13th, 2014, 09:05 PM
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Finally:


This was their last chance, and boy did they deliver.

What an epic race. The flowers were in full bloom as well:

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Old April 14th, 2014, 02:13 PM
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Old April 15th, 2014, 05:07 PM
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These are good videos on the GreenEDGE boys' spring cobbles campaign:



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