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Paris-Roubaix expected to be dry and warm despite muddy cobbles

Joe Robinson
6 Apr 2018

The chances of a first wet Paris-Roubaix since 2002 are increasingly unlikely

Bad weather has been a near-constant feature of Classics season so far in 2018, but after having to contend with mud-sudden cobbles this week while training ahead of Sunday's Paris-Roubaix, the pro peloton will be relieved to hear that it now looks like conditions will be dry and warm on race day.

Pictures posted today by Les Amis de Paris-Roubaix – the volunteer group charged with the upkeep of the cobbled roads used by the race – show the five star sector of Mons-en-Pevele to be bone dry and dusty, a stark contrast to the conditions seen as recently as yesterday. 

ProContinental team Vital Concept, meanwhile, also took to the stones this morning, and posted a picture from what appears to be the Chemin des Prieres sector, showing the cobbles to be largely dry and mud-free.

The conditions on the section of Haveluy were so bad yesterday that Les Amis was forced to deploy a cleaning truck to clear the cobbles of its thick layer of mud this morning.

Multiple motorbikes were downed due to the conditions yesterday and this played a major part in the organisations decision to take action. The section is now largely clear albeit still damp.

The latest weather forecasts suggest conditions should remain dry and warm between now and Sunday, with the mercury set to rise as high as 17 degrees C today and sunshine forecast for most of the day.

As for race day, there is a light southerly wind predicted with sunny intervals suggested for most of the afternoon. This should see the majority of sections along the route dry out by the time the race passes through.