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Women's Paris-Roubaix route and teams announced

Joe Robinson
24 Sep 2020

With 25% of the course on cobbles, this should be an excellent inaugural race through Hell

The teams and route for the inaugural women's Paris-Roubaix have been announced with a total of 17 sectors of pavé across 116km.

The first edition of the women's 'Hell of the North' was announced earlier this year by organiser ASO and is set to take place on Sunday 25th October ahead of the men's race.

The route for the race has now been announced and will see the women's peloton tackle a total of 29.2km of cobblestones across 17 sectors within the 116km route, starting in the town of Denain and finishing in the iconic Roubaix velodrome.

With just over 29km of pavé in the short 116km race, the women's race will be tackling cobbles for 25% of the race. Considering the men's race only tackles 54.5km of cobbles within its 259km race, just 20% of the day's racing, you could argue that the inaugural women's race will be more killer and certainly no filler.

Furthermore, the women's race will be taking on some of the iconic cobblestone sectors used annually by the male peloton, too. While the Arenberg Trench has been omitted from the course, the women will still take on the five-starred Mons-en-Pevele and Carrefour de l'Arbre.  

Race organiser ASO also confirmed that 24 teams have been invited to race the first women's Roubaix including Lizzie Deignan's Trek-Segafredo and Annmiek Van Vleuten's Mitchelton-Scott. Others in attendance will be the Boels-Dolmans team, likely spearheaded by Anna van der Breggen and Chantal Van den Broek-Blaak.

Additionally, it has been confirmed that there will be live race coverage of the women's Roubaix.

Considering it falls on cycling's 'Super Sunday', which coincides with the men's Roubaix, the final stage of the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a Espana's trip to the Tourmalet, 25th October could very well be the best day in professional cycling's history.