Paris-Roubaix: One Hell Of A Classic Photo Gallery!

PeloPics: Paris-Roubaix is probably the one-day race everyone looks forward to, except maybe some of the riders. This Sunday would been the 118th cobbled Classic to hit the road through the ‘Hell of the North’ and so we have put together a collection of some of the best photos from Cor Vos (plus some from John Thomson and Matt McNamara) covering the race from the late 70s through to last year, 2019. Iconic pictures that maybe don’t need descriptions, but we try to tell the story.

You can see the PEZ Retro Paris-Roubaix 1994 Photo Gallery HERE.


Two of the top men in the Hell of the North – Eddy Merckx and Roger de Vlaeminck, seven Paris-Roubaix wins


Raymond Poulidor was more of a Grand Tour rider, but he still rode the cobbled Classics – Times have changed


Joop Zoetemelk was a Tour winner – he also rode the Classics


It’s not just the riders who crash on the road to Roubaix


Wallers/Arenberg is not a good place to puncture


Roger de Vlaeminck – The King of Roubaix


De Vlaeminck was 2nd in Roubaix’79, but he did win Milan-Sanremo and Het Volk that year – Here followed by 1976 Roubaix winner, the late Marc Demeyer. Further back, Britain’s Phil Edwards is behind Gregor Braun, next to Didi Thurau. Jean Luc Vandenbroucke is on the far right


Triple Roubaix winner Francesco Moser had the flattest back in the peloton


World champion Bernard Hinault won in 1981 ahead of De Vlaeminck and Moser – The Frenchman said: “Paris-Roubaix is bullshit!”


It was muddy in 1983 and there were plenty of crashes


Hennie Kuiper dropping the hammer on the cobbles during the 1983 Paris-Roubaix. Kuiper crashed twice, somehow maintaining his position within the lead grop, before having another setback with 6 kilometers to go. At 6km, Kuiper punctured, but his team manager was able to quickly bring him a new bike. Kuiper would enter the velodrome in Roubaix alone


Kuiper and Moser with Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle behind them


Hennie Kuiper waiting for his new bike with 6K to go


Adrie van der Poel (father of Mathieu) and Ferdi Van den Haute on the cobbles of Wallers


Alain Bondue and Gregor Braun – Teammates off the front


Sean Kelly would win the 1984 Paris-Roubaix. The decisive move that would allow Kelly to win came with 45 kilometers to go. Kelly chased down Gregor Braun and Alain Bondue, who had both broken away earlier. Rudy Rogiers joined Kelly and they eventually shed Bondue and Braun. Once the duo entered the Roubaix velodrome, Kelly easily out-sprinted Rogiers


Sean Kelly – Two time Paris-Roubaix winner


Sometimes there are surprise winner in Roubaix – Jeanmarie Wampers in 1989. Happy birthday Jeanmarie for the 7th of April


Steven Bauer and Eddy Planckaert in 1990 – The Belgian went on to win, Bauer second


A hard race for the photographers too


No peace for the winner – Andei Tchmile 1994 winner (more pics HERE)


Three Mapei on the podium in 1998 – Tafi, Ballerini and Peeters


George Hincapie always wanted to win Paris-Roubaix – 6th in 2000


Dust in 2000


Andrei Tchmile and Andrea Tafi – Two Roubaix wins between them


Johan Museeuw and his repaired knee win the 2000 Paris-Roubaix


After the dry 2000, wet and muddy conditions for 2001


Who is the rider? Leon van Bon


Two hard men – Ludo Dierckxsens and Steffen Wesemann


Johan Museeuw, Romans Vainsteins and George Hincapie


Servais Knaven 2001 wet winner


Tom Boonen burst on the scene in 2002 and finished 3rd


Johan Musseeuw took his third Roubaix win in 2002


No mud in 2003


Not a good day on the cobbles for Van Heeswijk and Ivanov


Dust and wind in 2003


2003 was probably Peter Van Petegem’s best season – Roubaix and Flanders in the spring and then third in the World championships in autumn


You could say Magnus Bäckstedt was a surprise winner in 2004, but he was a big strong rider made for the Hell of the North


Roger Hammond led-out the sprint in the Roubaix velodrome


Bäckstedt got the better of Roger Hammond, Tristan Hoffman and Fabian Cancellara


Not much fun for Australian Allan Davis in 2005


Tom Boonen’s first win in Roubaix ahead of Hincapie and Flecha


2005 was quite a year for Boonen, World champion by the end of the year


Plowing their way to Roubaix


Fabian Cancellara’s first win of three


It wasn’t plain sailing for 2007 winner, Stuart O’Grady


Another Roubaix win for CSC


Treacherous as always – Trouee d’Arenberg


Not an easy race for the team cars either


On the way to his second Roubaix win in 2008 – Tom Boonen


Boonen won solo in 2009


The race was soon down to the last few riders


Two in a row and Roubaix No. 3 for ‘Tommeke’


Fabian Cancellara took the second of his three wins in 2010


Roger Hammond out-sprinted Tom Boonen for fourth place


World champion Thor Hushovd should have won a Paris-Roubaix – The race suited his style


Johan Vansummeren – Surprise winner in 2011? Well deserved


A nice day for the 110th Paris-Roubaix


Tom Boonen last win in Roubaix in 2012


2013 was another dry day


Fabian Cancellara got the better of Sep Vanmarcke


Not a great day for Alexander Kristoff


The chase was on, but Terpstra had the win in the bag


Niki Terpstra added to his palmarès


No repeat for Terpstra in 2015


Degenkolb in 2016


Matt Hayman spoiled the day for Tom Boonen


2016 could have been history in the making


Good-bye Tom


It was dry in 2017


Greg Van Avermaet had his day


The big win for the Olympic champion


Dillier was the ‘Star of the Day’


Not a great Roubaix for Kristoff


Naesen – An outside bet


Arenberg in 2018


Gilbert and Sagan


Peter Sagan and Silvan Dillier


A very happy World champion


2029: Looking for win No. 2 in Roubaix


Bike change for Wout Van Aert


And a wheel change for Stybar


The Gilbert fans were out


‘Man of the day’ Nils Politt


The winning tandem – Gilbert/Politt


2019 Roubaix came down to a sprint


Maybe an easy bet for the win


2019 podium – Lampaert, Gilbert and Politt

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