Gallery: The gritty faces of the 2021 Paris-Roubaix

For the first time in nearly two decades, racers encountered wet roads en route from Paris to the Roubaix velodrome.

Paris-Roubaix is traditionally raced on the second Sunday in April, but the race was delayed this year in hopes that it would not be canceled by the pandemic for the second consecutive year.

On its new October date, The Hell of the North delivered rain, and wet, muddy pavé for the first time in nearly two decades.

The faces of the racers told the tale.