It has been more than 2 years since the last time the pro peloton took on the historic cobblestones of Paris-Roubaix but that will, finally, all change this Sunday.
Paris-Roubaix is all set and ready to run on Sunday 3 October. Team Qhubeka NextHash is excited to be participating in this monument of professional cycling and have selected a strong team for the “Sunday in Hell”.
The 257km Paris-Roubaix route, starting in Compiegne and ending on the velodrome in Roubaix, will this year include 30 cobble road sectors that total a distance of 55km. It is also expected that for the first time since 2002, it could be a ‘wet’ Paris-Roubaix as early forecasts are predicting rain.
Team Qhubeka NextHash will be counting on an in-form lineup that includes Giacomo Nizzolo, Victor Campenaerts, Max Walscheid, Michael Gogl, Dimitri Claeys, Simon Clarke and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg.
Nizzolo, Campenaerts and Walscheid are all coming off strong rides at last weekend’s UCI World Championships and on Wednesday, we saw an impressive attacking ride by Gogl and Claeys at the Eurometropole Tour before Janse van Rensburg sprinted to 9th place. Our South African team will no doubt be looking to capitalise on its strength in depth to achieve a top result come Sunday.
Paris-Roubaix will be like an adventure for me as it is also my first Paris-Roubaix. We have some guys that are in really good shape for this race. If you have seen these last few races we have always been there, racing in the front. So it will be exciting and the weather could make it even more exciting, so let’s see where we end up.Victor Campenaerts