2019 Paris Roubaix Will Honor Michael Goolaerts
Cobbled Sector renamed 'Secteur Pavé Michael Goolaerts' in memory of the late Belgian rider who tragically passed away at last year's race
The 2019 Paris-Roubaix route will be very similar to the previous two editons. Back again this year is Verchain-Maugré, a 1.2km two-star section of cobbles that will fall around 130km from the finish.
The Biastre section has been renamed 'Secteur Pavé Michael Goolaerts' in memory of the late Belgian rider who tragically passed away in last year's race.
Attention will centre around the three toughest sections of pave - Tranchée d’Arenberg, Mons-en-Pévèle and the Carrefour de l’Arbre - which often prove pivotal to the outcome of the race.
Although the Arenberg Trench is tackled with 100km to go from the finishing line, it often causes many problems for the peloton, splintering the bunch into smaller groups, thanks to a recent remeasuring it was found to be 100m shorter than in previous years.
The Carrefour de l'Arbre is the last major test for any rider with a chance for victory. This 2.1km section has been used as a springboard for many attacks in the past thanks to its tough cobbles and close proximity to the finish.
Paris-Roubaix started 1896, making it one of the oldest bike races in the world, the race has become to be known as the 'Queen of the Classics' and 'Hell of the North', and remains one of the most prestigious victories to take in pro bike racing.
Its place on the calendar marks the end of the Cobbled Classics season, coming as a climactic end after races such as the Tour of Flanders, E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem.
Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the 2018 Paris-Roubaix by outsprinting Silvain Dillier (AG2R La Mondiale), who had managed to cling on from the day's original break. Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) rolled in alone to complete the podium.
2019 Paris Roubaix 2019 Teams
AG2R La Mondiale (FRA)
CCC Team (USA)
Education First (USA)
Lotto Soudal (BEL)
Quick-Step Floors (BEL)
Dimension Data (RSA)
Team Sky (GBR)
Team Sunweb (GER)
UAE Team Emirates (UAE)
Pro Continental Wildcard Teams
Delko Marseille Provence (Fra)
Direct Energie (FRA)
Roompot - Charles (NED)
Vital Concept (FRA)