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the queen of the classics is back in early October


The organizers of Paris-Roubaix unveiled on Tuesday the route of the 118th edition, scheduled with a year and a half late on October 3, the day after the first edition reserved for women.

After the postponement followed by the cancellation in 2020 of Paris-Roubaix, then a new postponement last April, the queen of the classics must resume its course between Compiègne, a traditional departure city, and the Roubaix velodrome, on a route of 257.7 kilometers including 55 kilometers of cobblestones divided into 30 sectors.

“The ordering of the first paved sectors has been changed,” announced ASO, organizer of the event, mentioning in particular the return of the sector, uphill, of Buat, discovered in 2005 but absent from the course since 2016.

A first for the women’s edition

The high places of the Arenberg gap (km 162.4), Mons-en-Pévèle (km 209.1) and the Carrefour de l’Arbre (km 240.5), three sectors ranked highest in the scale of difficulty, appear on the itinerary.

On October 2, the first women’s Paris-Roubaix will be run from Denain (North) over 116.4 kilometers. Seventeen cobbled sectors, including Mons-en-Pévèle and the Carrefour de l’Arbre, will be on the program. “The last 85 kilometers are common to the men’s route,” said the organizers, who will launch the Tour de France Women next summer.

Mathieu Idiart with AFP Journalist RMC Sport

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