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102nd Paris-Roubaix - CDM

France, April 11, 2004


Bikes at Paris-Roubaix: Part II

In part two of this special Cyclingnews technical feature, we take a look at what some riders did to their bikes before they tackled the "Hell of the North", and found out whether it was worth it.

Magnus Bäckstedt interview

After a dream race, the big man from Sweden tells how Roubaix was won.

Roadsides to Roubaix

Flandrian flags, beer and frites keep super-enthusiastic fans entertained as the race makes its way to Roubaix.

Dr Ferrari's commentary

Paris-Roubaix: "250,000-300,000 hammer blows on the legs of each rider."

Bikes at Paris-Roubaix: Part I

In part one of this special Cyclingnews technical feature, we take a look at the lengths some riders have gone to before they tackle the "Hell of the North".

Scott Sunderland's bikes of Roubaix
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Scott Sunderland (Alessio-Bianchi) will be riding Paris-Roubaix for the first time in his 15 year career. Here he gives us the run down on some of the special bikes and equipment that he and other teams will be using for the race.

Roger Hammond interview
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Paris-Roubaix is the race the British champion has dreamed of since he was a boy. As well as his own goals, he has the inside line on who is in with a chance in the 102nd Queen of the Classics.

"My ambition is to win!"

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After his storming second place at Gent-Wevelgem, Alessio's big Swede Magnus Bäckstedt has his eye on a win in Roubaix.

"Paris-Roubaix is easy"
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Up to a point, says CSC's Michele Bartoli who is riding his first Paris-Roubaix this year. Just how is the Hell of the North a doddle? Find out in this interview.


Tales from the pave

Sunday sees the 102nd edition of the Queen of the Classics, Paris-Roubaix. In this retrospective we look back at some of the characters and incidents that make up the legend of Roubaix.