Paris-Roubaix 2015: A taste of Tour cobbles

Paris-Roubaix offers more cobblestones than last year, and three sectors that will feature in the Tour de France's stage 4 in July

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The 2015 edition of the Paris-Roubaix classic will feature three cobblestone sections shared with the Tour de France’s stage 4.

Sectors Quiévy (3,700 meters), Saint-Python (1,500 meters), and Verchain-Maugré (1,600 meters) will be part of the 253-kilometer route between Compiègne and the Roubaix velodrome in France, and the three will also feature in the first week of the Tour. In the 2014 Tour de France, eventual race winner Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) stunned GC rivals with a brilliant ride on the wet cobbles in stage 5.

The 113th edition of the “queen of the classics” will take place April 12. The route includes 52.7km of cobbles, spread over 27 sectors, which is 1.6km more than last year’s running.

The 2015 Paris-Roubaix route is identical to the 2013 race, which was won by Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing).

In keeping with tradition, the first cobbles will come at Troisvilles (after 97.5km). More likely than not, the race’s decisive moments will happen in the Nord-Pas de Calais, where the most perilous sectors await the riders: the Trouée d’Arenberg (after 158km), Mons-en-Pévèle (after 205km), and the Carrefour de l’Arbre (after 236.5km).

Cobblestone sectors included in both Paris-Roubaix and Tour de France stage 4:
Quiévy (after 107.5 km – 3,700 meters)
Saint-Python (after 112.5 km – 1,500 meters)
Verchain-Maugré (after 130 km – 1,600 meters)

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