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Gallery: A Paris-Roubaix for the ages

Joe Robinson
4 Oct 2021

The brutal 2021 men's Paris-Roubaix in images

They say a picture paints a thousand words. Usually nothing more than a clichè but this weekend's men's Paris-Roubaix certainly lived up to those words.

This was the first wet Roubaix in two decades, the last being way back in 2002. The Hell of the North is hard at the easiest of times – plenty say it is the single hardest day of racing you can do as a pro – but taking it on in the wet and mud is completely different ball game. 

The rain makes the already-slick Napoleon-era cobbles akin to racing across an ice rink as the build-up of claggy, farming mud slowly penetrates every part of your bike to stop it functioning while the formation of small lakes across certain pavé sections allowed for only one rideable line. In short, it was absolute carnage. 

Each and every racer, team car, support moto rider and fan will have a unique story from yesterday's race. From eventual winner Sonny Colbrelli to last man to the velodrome Tom Paquot, there will be a story to tell the grandkids for all involved.

Cyclist could try and summarise what happened at yesterday's race for you but where do you start? Christophe Laporte using his foot as a rear brake? Greg van Avermaet's gallic puff at the cameras? The rise of Florian Vermeersch? The fall of Gianni Moscon? The AG2R-Citroën car driving into a ditch? This race was an instand classic.

Whatever we write, we will be leaving out a tale that deserves to be told so instead, we want to let the pictures do the talking.

Below, our gallery of the men's 2021 Paris-Roubaix as caught by Chris Auld:

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