There can only be one subject for today's Lowdown: The Hell that is Paris-Roubaix. Lee has a look at the winning philosophy of race winner John Degenkolb and his do-or-die approach to the cobbled Classic. Sagan and Wiggins also come under the microscope; good and bad, but the beauty of L'enfer du Nord is the winner.
Our man Mark was introduced to the cobbles of Flanders last week by Velo Classic Tours, riding the roads of Wevelgem, Scheldeprijs and De Ronde. To finish him off he tackled the Hell of the North and those murderous tracks to Roubaix, but he still had time for rider watching at the sign-on in Compiégne.
Apr 13, 2015 - John Degenkolb rode a perfect Roubaix; he saved his energies for the decisive moment, crossed to the leaders and then showed them how fast he could sprint. We have reports, quotes, results and video from Roubaix and País Vasco. Also: Fighting cyclists, Brabant, Stetina, pizza and champagne.
Race Report: There is never a surprise winner in Roubaix and today's 'Hell of the North' didn't disappoint the fans. The cobbles were dry and fast, perfect for a certain German who used to be a sprinter and now is the Classicsman of 2015 - John Degenkolb. The fast and furious road to Roubaix.
Gorge Roubaix returned for its third running at the end of March, 2015, as racers and gravel grinders alike amassed in The Dalles, Oregon – a small, 15,000-person city nestled in the Columbia River Gorge at the end of the Oregon Trail, 85 miles due east of Portland and 36 miles north of Mt Hood.
Apr 09, 2015 - Katusha are having a great period of success at the moment; Kristoff is racking up the wins in Belgium and Joaquim Rodriguez took stage 3 in País Vasco. Results, reports, rider quotes and video from Belgium and Spain, plus: That crash in Spain, preview Paris-Roubaix and on-board action from Flanders.
The 'Hell of the North' hits the cobbles of Northern France on Sunday, our L'enfer du Nord expert, Ed Hood, runs his eye over the uneven surface of Paris-Roubaix. The course and runners for 2015 and the history of the Queen of the Classics. Sunday in Hell - The PEZ Preview.
After a final recce of the Paris-Roubaix course today, Christian Prudhomme, Jean-François Pescheux and Thierry Gouvenou have assigned a difficulty rating to all of the 27 sectors of cobbles or “pavés”, taking into account their length, unevenness, general condition and location on the route.