Saturday, April 11, 2009

Paris-Roubaix: Poached Preview

CN has a passable preview, as well as some prognostications of the chances of the main contenders. Pez also takes a look at the contenders, but with better pictures. They also have a sweet trip down memory lane with Canada's favourite cycling son, Steve Bauer. The Podium Cafe has more PR chatter than the average person can digest. And Stevil has gathered a collection of the best PR photos. Startlists can be found here. Head on over to on Sunday morning for the live coverage options.

Of all the Classics, this one is probably my favourite. The peloton gets shredded so much more gradually. Not by hills, where it all seems to blow up in an instant, but by nasty sections of cobbles. Riders simply drop one-by-one off the back, unable to hold the momentum. Aesthetically, it's just so much more interesting to watch. And it just seems to capture images of the pain better than any other race. Of all the sectors, the most famous is the Arenberg Forest, aka Arenberg Trench. Check it out:

As for the FGBC Spring Classics Pool, there are once again plenty of points up for grabs. If you think your team still has a shot, now would be a good time to make a move. Good luck.

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