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Cyclingnews 2004 Reader Poll Results
Best One-day Race
Magnus Bäckstedt provided inspiration to everyone who will never weigh 150lb when he won the Queen of the Classics Paris-Roubaix in April and once again Paris-Roubaix swept the category of best one day race.
No other single day contest captures the imagination like this one. It's a long 260km from the outskirts of Paris to the Roubaix velodrome and on the way riders routinely have to contend with weather that varies from indifferent to appalling (though just occasionally a fine Spring day bathes them in Northern European sunshine), and of course the cobbles. Roubaix's famed and feared pavé makes this truly a race for the hard men of French and Belgian cycling, and gives rare advantage to bigger riders who can pound over the cobbles.
Distant second and third places went to two other Northern Classics, the Tour of Flanders and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Hillier than Roubaix, and no less popular with the fans that line the route, these two great races nevertheless don't quite have that Roubaix mystique.
Here's a selection of your reasons for making Paris-Roubaix number one.
Votes %ge 1 Paris-Roubaix 531 50.7 2 Tour of Flanders 86 8.2 3 Liège-Bastogne-Liège 78 7.4 4 Giro di Lombardia 55 5.2 5 Olympic Mens Road Race 54 5.2 6 Milan - San Remo 39 3.7 7 T-Mobile International 35 3.3 8 Paris-Tours 25 2.4 9 World championship mens road race 23 2.2 10 Amstel Gold 21 2.0 11 US Pro Championship 10 1.0 12 HEW CyClassic World Cup 6 0.6 13 Olympic Time Trial 5 0.5 14 Women's Olympic Road Race 4 0.4 15 Grafton to Inverell 3 0.3 15 Ghent-Wevelgem 3 0.3 15 Fleche-Wallone 3 0.3 15 'Cross World's 3 0.3 Total 1048