It’s Paris-Roubaix Day and cyclists across the world are lapping up the greatest single day of racing in the year.
All across the UK people shunned the first sunny Sunday of the year to join the swathes of European cycling fans camped in-front of their televisions and computer screens, while coffee was the order of the day in America and Australia as fans at each end of the day turn to caffeine to see them through the race.
But they know it’s going to be worth it… because this is Paris-Roubaix – it’s always worth it.
Right from a lightning-quick start the drama of the race was relentless:
And the treacherous conditions soon took their first victims, with Ian Stannard forced to ride the cobbles with a flat back tyre and Greg van Avermaet struggling to stay upright on the bumpy surfaces.
With all eyes of the cycling world trained on the pavé of northern France, it soon became clear what the themes of the day were going to be.
Dust, cobbles, dust, sunshine, and yet more DUST!
The cobbled are very dry and very dusty. Going to be some race #parisroubaix A post shared by David J Arthur (@davidjarthur) on Apr 9, 2017 at 4:49am PDT
Even with the constant drama there was still time for the odd bit of light relief…
But the arrival of the infamous Arenberg Trench soon forced attention back to the matters on the road…
And as the action unfolded the plaudits for the greatest Monument of the year (in our opinion at least) continued to flood in:
The entire race unfolded on both Eurosport and Eurosport Player, with highlights packages scheduled throughout the week.
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