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Paris-Roubaix 2021: Route, start list and all you need to know

Cyclist magazine
1 Oct 2021

Key information about the 2021 Paris-Roubaix, which will place on Sunday 3rd October 2021: Route, riders, TV guide & cobbled sectors

Paris-Roubaix 2021: Key information

Date: Sunday 3rd October 2021  
Start: Men's – Compiègne, north of Paris; Women's – Denain  
Finish: Vélodrome André-Pétrieux, Roubaix  
Distance: Men's – 259km; Women's – 116km  
Cobbles: Men's – 30 secteurs of pave covering 55km; Women's – 17 secteurs of pave covering 29.2km 
Weather: It's going to rain UK live TV coverage: The 2021 Paris-Roubaix races are expected to be shown live from start to finish on Eurosport 

Paris-Roubaix was inaugurated in 1896, making it one of the oldest bike races in the world. However, it's taken until 2021 for a women's race to be organised. This should have debuted in 2020 but was cancelled along with the men's race due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Born of a familiar story involving entrepreneurial types, newspapers and money-making schemes, in time Paris-Roubaix has come to adopt monikers like the 'Queen of the Classics' and 'Hell of the North', and remains one of the most prestigious victories to take in pro bike racing.

Its place on the calendar usually marks the end of the Cobbled Classics season, coming as a climactic end after races such as the Tour of Flanders, E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem. However, due to Covid restrictions earlier in the year, this edition will take place in October.

Philippe Gilbert won his first commemorative cobble at the 2019 Paris-Roubaix, his fourth different Monument victory. Read more: Philippe Gilbert's Roubaix win crowned a weekend of sporting comebacks

Latest news: Paris-Roubaix unlikely to take place in April

Paris-Roubaix 2021 preview

The Paris-Roubaix 2021 men's race route is largely unchanged from the three previous editions. Back again this year will be Verchain-Maugré, a 1.2km two-star section of cobbles that will fall around 130km from the finish.

The one small change to the 2021 route, from 2019, is the addition of the Hameau du Buat sector, which will be reintroduced to the race for the first time since 2016, having first been used in 2005. The addition of this secteur will also see the overall number of pave secteurs increase to 30 for 2021.

The Briastre section has also been renamed 'Secteur Pavé Michael Goolaerts' in memory of the late Belgian rider who tragically passed away at 2018's race.

As usual, attention will centre around the three toughest sections of pave - Tranchée d’Arenberg, Mons-en-Pévèle and the Carrefour de l’Arbre - which often prove pivotal to the outcome of the race. 

Although the Arenberg Trench is tackled at almost 100km from the finishing line, it often causes many problems for the peloton splintering the bunch into smaller groups however it is now 100m shorter than previous years thanks to a recent remeasuring.

The Carrefour de l'Arbre is the last major test for any rider in with a chance for victory. This 2.1km section has been used as a springboard for many attacks in the past thanks to its tough cobbles and close proximity to the finish.

Paris-Roubaix route 2021

Paris-Roubaix 2021: The cobbled secteurs

Distances are estimates until confirmed by race organiser

Sector Kilometres Name Length
30 93.5 Troisvilles to Inchy 2.2
29 100 Briastre: Secteur Pavé Michael Goolaerts   3
28 109 Saint-Python 1.5
27 111.5 Quiévy 3.7
26 119 Saint-Vaast 1.5
25 125 Verchain-Maugré 1.2
24 130 Hameau du Buat 0.5
23 134.5 Quérénaing 1.6
22 137.5 Quérénaing to Maing 2.5
21 140.5 Maing to Monchaux-sur-Écaillon 1.6
20 153.5 Haveluy to Wallers 2.5
19 161.5 Trouée d'Arenberg 2.4
18 168 Wallers to Hélesmes 1.6
17 174.5 Hornaing to Wandignies 3.7
16 182 Warlaing to Brillon 2.4
15 185.5 Tilloy to Sars-et-Rosières 2.4
14 192 Beuvry-la-Forêt to Orchies 1.4
13 197 Orchies 1.7
12 203 Auchy-lez-Orchies to Bersée 2.7
11 208.5 Mons-en-Pévèle 3
10 214.5 Mérignies to Avelin 0.7
9 218 Pont-Thibaut to Ennevelin 1.4
8 224 Templeuve (Moulin-de-Vertain) 0.5
7 230.5 Cysoing to Bourghelles 1.3
6 233 Bourghelles to Wannehain 1.1
5 237.5 Camphin-en-Pévèle 1.8
4 240 Carrefour de l’Arbre 2.1
3 242.5 Gruson 1.1
2 249 Willems to Hem 1.4
1 256 Roubaix (Espace Crupelandt) 0.3
Total 55km

Paris Roubaix 2021: Start list and teams

WorldTour teams

AG2R-Citroën (FRA)

Stan Dewulf
Lawrence Naesen
Oliver Naesen
Michael Schär
Gijs Van Hoecke
Greg Van Avermaet
Damien Touzé

Astana-Premier Tech (KAZ)

Gleb Brussenskiy
Yevgeniy Fedorov
Yevgeniy Gidich
Dmitriy Gruzdev
Hugo Houle
Davide Martinelli
Benjamin Perry

Bahrain Victorious (BHR)

Sonny Colbrelli
Marco Haller
Heinrich Haussler
Jonathan Milan
Matej Mohoriĉ
Marcel Sieberg
Fred Wright

Bora-Hansgrohe (GER)

Maciej Bodnar
Jordi Meeus
Daniel Oss
Nils Politt
Juraj Sagan
Peter Sagan
Maximilian Schachmann

Cofidis (FRA)

Piet Allegaert
Tom Bohli
Andre Carvalho
Jempy Drucker
Eddy Finé
Christophe Laporte
Szymon Sajnok

Deceuninck-QuickStep (BEL)

Kasper Asgreen
Davide Ballerini
Tim Declercq
Yves Lampaert
Florian Sénéchal
Zdeněk Štybar
Bert Van Lerberghe

EF Education-Nippo (USA)

Groupama-FDJ (FRA)

Ineos Grenadiers (GBR)

Leonardo Basso
Owain Doull
Michał Gołaś
Michał Kwiatkowski
Gianni Moscon
Luke Rowe
Dylan van Baarle

Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux (BEL)

Israel Start-Up Nation (ISL)

Rudy Barbier
Jenthe Biermans
Guilaume Boivin
Hugo Hofstetter
Tom Van Asbroeck
Sep Vanmarcke
Mads Würtz Schmidt

Jumbo-Visma (NED)

Lotto-Soudal (BEL)

John Degenkolb
Frederik Frison
Philippe Gilbert
Sébastien Grignard
Harry Sweeny
Tosh Van der Sande
Florian Vermeersch

Movistar (ESP)

Gabriel Cullaigh
Imanol Erviti
Iván García Cortina
Juri Hollmann
Matteo Jorgenson
Lluís Mas
Mathias Norsgaard

Qhubeka-NextHash (RSA)

Team BikeExchange (AUS)

Jack Bauer
Sam Bewley
Luke Durbridge
Christopher Juul-Jensen
Alexander Konychev
Barnabás Peák
Robert Stannard

Team DSM (GER)

Nikias Arndt
Cees Bol
Nils Eekhoff
Max Kanter
Søren Kragh Andersen
Casper Pedersen
Jasha Sütterlin

Trek-Segafredo (USA)

Alex Kirsch
Emils Liepins
Mads Pedersen
Quinn Simmons
Toms Skujiņš
Jasper Stuyven
Edward Theuns

UAE-Team Emirates (UAE)

Mikkel Bjerg
Sven Erik Bystrøm
Fernando Gaviria
Alexander Kristoff
Vegard Stake Laengen
Rui Oliveira
Matteo Trentin

ProTeams

Alpecin-Fenix (BEL)

Arkéa-Samsic (FRA)

Wildcard teams

B&B Hotels-KTM (FRA)

Bingoal WB (BEL)

Delko (FRA)

Pierre Barbier
Clément Carisey
Eduard-Michael Grosu
August Jensen
Dušan Rajović
Evaldas Šiškevičius
Julien Trarieux

Total Direct Énergie (FRA)

Edvald Boasson Hagen
Florian Maitre
Adrien Petit
Geoffrey Soupe
Niki Terpstra
Anthony Turgis
Dries Van Gestel

Paris Roubaix Femmes 2021: Start list and teams

Women's WorldTeams

Alé BTC Ljubjana (ITA)

Marta Bastianelli
Maaike Boogaard
Eugenia Bujak
Tatiana Guderzo
Marlen Reusser

Canyon-Sram (GER)

Alena Amialiusik
Alice Barnes
Hannah Barnes
Elise Chabbey
Tiffany Cromwell
Kasia Niewiadoma

FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope (FRA)

Marta Cavalli
Eugénie Duval
Maëlle Grossetête
Marie Le Net
Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig
Jade Wiel

Liv Racing (NED)

Valerie Demey
Alison Jackon
Lotte Kopecky
Jeanne Korevaar
Evy Kuijpers
Sabrina Stultiens

Movistar (ESP)

Aude Biannic
Barbara Guarischi
Sheyla Gutiérrez
Emma Norsgaard
Leah Thomas
Annemiek van Vleuten

SD Worx (NED)

Elena Cecchini
Jolien d'Hoore
Christine Majerus
Amy Pieters
Lonneke Uneken
Chantal van den Broek-Blaak

Team BikeExchange (AUS)

Jessica Allen
Teniel Campbell
Janneke Ensing
Sarah Roy
Georgia Williams

Team DSM (GER)

Susanne Andersen
Pfeiffer Georgi
Megan Jastrab
Franziska Koch
Floortje Mackaij
Lorena Wiebes

Trek-Segafredo (USA)

Audrey Cordon-Ragot
Lizzie Deignan
Lauretta Hanson
Elisa Longo Borghini
Ellen van Dijk
Trixi Worrack

Women's Continental Teams

Arkéa Pro Cycling (FRA)

Pauline Allin
Lucie Jounier
Cedrine Kerbaol
Marie-Morgane Le Deunff
Greta Richioud
Gladys Verhulst

Bepink (ITA)

Camilla Alessio
Henrietta Christie
Lara Crestanello
Market Hájková
Nora Jenčušová

Ceratizit-WNT Pro (GER)

Laura Asencio
Lisa Brennauer
Maria Giulia Confalonieri
Marta Lach
Sarah Rijkes
Lara Vieceli

Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus (BEL)

Victoire Berteau
Mieke Docx
Christina Schweinberger
Kathrin Schweinberger
Nicole Steigenga
Fien Van Eynde

Drops-Le Col (GBR)

Elizabeth Bennett
Maria Martins
Emilie Moberg
Sara Penton
Maike van der Duin
Marjolein van 't Geloof

Team Coop-Hitec Products (NOR)

Emma Boogaard
Pernille Feldmann
Mieke Kröger
Amalie Lutro
Josie Nelson
Nora Tveit

Jumbo-Visma (NED)

Teuntje Beekhuis
Anna Henderson
Romy Kasper
Riejanne Markus
Jip van den Bos
Marianne Vos

Lotto-Soudal Ladies (BEL)

Danique Braam
Alana Castrique
Abby-Mae Parkinson
Silke Smulders
Jesse Vandenbulcke
Elise Vander Sande

NXTG Racing (NED)

Shari Bossuyt
Mylene de Zoete
Britt Knaven
Charlotte Kool
Ilse Pluimers
Maud Rijnbeek

Parkhotel Valkenburg (NED)

Mischa Bredewold
Leonie Bos
Femke Markus
Lieke Nooijen
Amber van der Hulst
Kirstie van Haaften

Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime (FRA)

Marion Colard
India Grangier
Arianna Pruisscher
Noemi Rüegg
Manon Souyris
Maeva Squiban

Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank (USA)

Tanja Erath
Veronica Ewers
Kristen Faulkner
Nicole Frain
Nina Kessler
Lauren Stephens

Valcar-Travel & Service (ITA)

Elisa Balsamo
Chiara Consonni
Vittoria Guazzini
Elena Pirrone
Ilaria Sanguineti
Margaux Vigie

Paris-Roubaix: Recent winners

2019: Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
2018: Peter Sagan (SVK) Bora-Hansgrohe
2017: Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) BMC Racing
2016: Mat Hayman, (AUS) Mitchelton-Scott
2015: John Degenkolb (GER), Giant-Alpecin
2014: Niki Terpstra (NED), Etixx-QuickStep
2013: Fabian Cancellara (SUI), RadioShack
2012: Tom Boonen (BEL), Omega Pharma-QuickStep
2011: Johann Vansummeren (BEL), Garmin-Cervelo
2010: Fabian Cancellara (SUI), Saxo Bank
2009: Tom Boonen (BEL), Quickstep
2008: Tom Boonen (BEL), Quickstep

Click through to the pages below for more on about Paris-Roubaix:
The history of Paris-Roubaix     
Famous editions of Paris-Roubaix  
Riding the Paris-Roubaix Challenge sportive  
Paris-Roubaix 2018  
Paris-Roubiax 2017