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Route for 2020 Paris-Roubaix revealed

An extra set of cobbles set for the Hell of the North this April

Joe Robinson
10 Feb 2020

The route for the 2020 Paris-Roubaix has been revealed with the addition of an extra section of cobbles. The 118th edition of the race will take place on Easter Sunday, 12th April, and contain 55km of cobbled roads within its 259km route, an increase of 500m from the 2019 race.

The increase in cobbles comes thanks to 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 2020.

Coming as secteur 24 of 30, it is unlikely to have a meaningful impact on the overall outcome of the race but will certainly increase the immense fatigue and stress already being felt by the peloton.

As for the rest of the race, it will be exactly as raced before with the final 90km from the Trouée d'Arenberg a mirror image of last year's race.

As usual, the passing of the Arenberg Forrest, Mons-en-Pevele at 50km to go and Carrefour de l'Arbre at 20km to go will be the deciding factors of the race.

Last month, it was also announced by organiser ASO that Secteur 17 from Hornaing to Wandignies would be renamed after Lotto-Soudal rider and former champion John Degenkolb.

The accolade was handed as recognition for Degenkolb's work towards guaranteeing the Junior Paris-Roubaix race after it almost folded due to financial shortcomings last spring.

The current Paris-Roubaix champion is Philippe Gilbert, now riding for Lotto-Soudal, who beat Nils Politt in a two-man sprint to his fifth-career Monument.

This year's race is also set to see three-time cyclocross World Champion Mathieu van der Poel make his debut on the French cobbles.