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Paris-Roubaix 2022: Route, start list and all you need to know

Cyclist magazine
11 Apr 2022

Key information about the 2022 Paris-Roubaix, which takes place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April: Route, riders, TV & cobbled sectors

Famous editions of Paris-Roubaix

1927 - A controversial victory


21-year-old Belgian George Ronsse had attacked early and built up a solo lead, but was caught by a 16-man chase group on the run in to Roubaix. Present in the group were French duo Charles Pellisier (younger brother of the more famous Henri), and Joseph Curtel, with the former a known sprinter and - once the junction was made - the expected winner. 

But it was Curtel and the former soloist Ronsse who battled to the line, with Curtel (left in the picture) supposedly winning the sprint. He was carried off by French supporters while the band began playing the French national anthem, until the formal results were read out, declaring Ronsse the winner.

Rider protests were denied, accusations of shady dealings were made against Ronsse's Automoto team, but the result still stands. 

1943 - The race enters the velodrome

A landmark year for Paris-Roubaix, as 1943 was the first year that the famous Roubaix Velodrome was used as the finish line. Although the initial editions of the race were held with the finish at a velodrome, it was located on a different site, and while some alternate locations around Roubaix have been used sporadically since, it is the one first used in 1943 that has retained the finish to this day - along with the fabled post-race shower block in the adjacent changing rooms. 

1988 - The early breakaway survives

While an early breakaway always goes in Paris-Roubaix, it is not common for it to hang on until the end, such is the fatiguing nature of the course. But in 1988, a breakaway went after 27km, and the finish was contested between two of its original protagonists after attacking their companions in the  finale and holding off the remnants of the peloton behind. 

Dirk Demol of Belgium and Thomas Wegmuller of Switzerland were those two riders, but in a cruel twist of fate for Wegmuller, a plastic bag became entangled with his rear derailleur with just a handful of kilometres left.

Efforts to remove it were unsuccessful, and a bike change at that stage of the race would have been suicidal, so Wegmuller was left to contest the finish in a gear unbefitting of an all-out sprint. Unsurprisingly, it was Demol who came out as the victor. 

1996, 1998 & 2001 - Mapei and Domo 1,2,3

In 1996 the Mapei-GB team provided a rarely-achieved feat by completing the podium. Johan Museeuw, Gianluca Bortalami and Andrea Tafi crossed the line arm in arm, finishing 2 minutes and 38 seconds ahead of 4th place.

In 1998 they did it again, with Franco Ballerini, Andrea Tafi and Wilfried Peeters all finishing by themselves, but nonetheless ahead of everyone else.

For a third time in six years, Domo - Farm Frites unbelievably were able to do the same, with the winner Servais Knaven and Johan Museeuw - after having almost lost his leg to gangrene after a crash in '98 - in second, and Latvian Romans Vainsteins in third. 

2006 - Train stops play

While 2006 was also the year that Fabian Cancellara took his first of three victories to date, and when pre-race favourite and long-time Roubaix aspirant George Hincapie was befallen by a snapped steerer and subsequent broken collarbone, it as also a year of disqualifications.

While Cancellara had already attacked and left his companions with 20km to go on the Camphin-en-Pevele sector, those in pursuit (Vladimir Gusev, Leif Hoste and Peter Van Petegem) crossed a level crossing while the barriers were down.

Although the three would place 2nd, 3rd and 4th on the day, they were disqualified for their earlier infringements. 

2012 - Boonen makes it four


If Roger De Vlaeminck is 'Mr Paris Roubaix' with his four victories, then Tom Boonen surely became a modern day equivalent when he matched his Belgian predecessor in the win tally.

In a year where his long-time rival Fabian Cancellara was ruled out after crashing in the Tour of Flanders, Boonen escaped with his teammate Niki Terpstra, before dropping the Dutchman and soloing to victory, over a minute and a half in front of second place Sebastian Turgot. 

The 2016 edition should hopefully see Boonen on the start line again, as well as Fabian Cancellara, who with three Roubaix victories already, will be hoping to reach the head of the Roubaix table along with Boonen and De Vlaeminck. 

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