Yesterday, the team did its reconnaissance for some of the most crucial pavé sectors of Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix. Scott Mitchell has provided us with two amazing galleries of the day’s ride. Here is the first one..

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka put its mark on Friday’s queen stage of Vuelta al Pais Vasco with several riders attacking and showing off the team’s colors on the steep climbs in the Basque Country. Knowing that today was the last chance for most riders to get a stage win before tomorrow’s final time trial, numerous riders tried to get away right from the beginning of the stage. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka was eager to get in the mix and at one point, the team had no less than three riders in the leading breakaway. However, the peloton didn’t let the break get much.

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is ready to take on the feared and famous cobblestone classic, Paris-Roubaix, on Sunday, April 9. The prestigious French one-day race, also known as The Hell of the North, starts out in Compiègne at 10:55 local time. From here, no less than 257 km await the riders before they reach the finishing line in the iconic velodrome in Roubaix six hours later. What makes Paris-Roubaix so special are the 29 pavé sectors, which all have different length and difficulty. Some are short with even placed and smooth cobblestones, while others are kilometers long and resemble trenches of treacherous cobblestones: ragged.