By the numbers: Why Paris-Roubaix is such a punishing race

Apr 13, 2017



Paris-Roubaix is arguably the hardest one-day race in the world, a 257km slog over the rough cobbled farm roads of northern France that only the very strongest in the peloton can win. In Sunday’s 2017 edition, the ‘Hell of the North’ well and truly lived up to its moniker, despite great weather and favourable wind conditions for much of the day.


It was the fastest-ever edition of the race with an average speed of 45.204 km/h for the 5 hours 41 minutes it took eventual winner, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) to complete the race. It was also full of the usual crashes, punctures, mechanical problems and aggressive racing that we’ve come to expect from Paris-Roubaix.


In the following article, Dig Deep Coaching co-founder Stephen Gallagher analyses the power data of riders in the 2017 Paris-Roubaix to find out just how hard this year’s edition of Hell of the North was, and what it took to post a strong result.


Read the full article on CyclingTips HERE




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