The dramatic landscape of Paris-Roubaix doesn’t share the beauty of the setting of a race like the Strade Bianche, but it’s certainly no less poetic. The dark clouds and the equally grey scenes of industrial northern France complement the endless stretches of cobbles through past battlefields, making it one miserable affair for the riders.
George Hincapie has spoken about how he feels the same after riding Roubaix as he does following a whole three weeks of the Tour de France. It’s a tortuous course, in which the strongest does truly emerge the winner. After all, it didn’t earn its nickname of the ‘Hell of the North’ for nothing. Continue reading