Paris-Roubaix: The Course and the Riders
The first 100 km of Paris-Roubaix are like the first 200 pages of a Dostoyevsky novel.
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After the Arenberg Trench, the next crucial sector will be Sector 10 at
During the closing stages of the race, the riders will encounter the last Category 5, the Carrefour de l?Arbre. The sector is
After the Carrefour de l?Arbre, a Category 2 and two Category 1s will stand between the riders and the
A challenge could come from Boonen?s team. Quick Stepper Filippo Pozzato won Milan-San Remo and finished fourth at Gent-Wevelgem. The young Italian has good form, and he is developing into an excellent classics man. Look for him to be among the leaders at the Carrefour de l?Arbre.
Discovery Channel has George Hincapie, who has won Gent-Wevelgem, Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, and the Grand Prix Plouay and who has six top ten finishes in the Hell of the North. At the Tour of Flanders, however, the American squad also had Leif Hoste, who finished second to Hincapie?s third. In addition, Roger Hammond was third in 2004. Discovery Channel has many weapons, but the riders might work at cross purposes.
Davitamon has Peter Van Petegem, the 2003 Paris-Roubaix winner; Nico Mattan, who has won Gent-Wevelgem; and Leon Van Bon, the former Dutch champion. Do not rule them out.
T-Mobile has Steffen Wesemann, who won the 2004 Tour of Flanders and who has placed well in the Queen of the Classics. His team, however, might not be