The 2022 Paris-Roubaix was dry and dusty and Britain's Lewis Askey thundered over the northern French cobbles to finish in the famous Vélodrome André-Pétrieux, bloodied, but a 'L'enfer du Nord' finisher. Ed Hood caught up with Lewis to hear about Roubaix and how his season has been going so far.
The Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team have had a less than perfect spring Classics campaign, while on the other hand, INEOS Grenadiers have surpassed themselves in the one-day races. Ed Hood has been scratching his head over the 'turned tables' of the 2022 spring.
Apr 18, 2022: All the news from Roubaix and Sicilia with video. Lefevere on the Monuments in autumn. Lappartient on Flanders and Roubaix move. Bouhanni still in shock and Lunder returns to Team Coop. Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift and Flèche Wallonne. Bianchi R & D Collective launched and Quick-Step plants trees.
At the end of a chaotic Paris-Roubaix, Dylan van Baarle crossed to a leading group and then soloed the last 20 kilometres to the finish in Roubaix. Wout van Aert took second place in the sprint form Stefan Küng, Tom Devriendt and Matej Mohorič. The fastest Paris-Roubaix in history - 45.8kph.
The second women's Paris-Roubaix was won by Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo). The Italian champion finished solo on the Vélodrome André Pétrieux in Roubaix, after attacking more than thirty kilometres from the line. Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) won the sprint for second place, just ahead of Lucinda Brand (Trek-Segafredo).
This Sunday sees the pro peloton hit the cobbles of the 'Hell of the North' Paris-Roubaix Monument. Spencer Martin gives us his 'Breakdown' ahead of the battle of the pavé.
'The Hell of the North' is the Queen of the Classics, unless you are Flemish, but the flat cobbles race is unique in its savage cruelty, stubborn formidability and its mythical attraction. Ed Hood looks at the history, course and the contenders for the 2022 'Sunday in Hell'.
Apr 14, 2022: All the action from Sicilia, Brabantse Pijl, Paris-Camembert and the Sunny King Criterium. Van Aert for Roubaix. Van Aert will ride Liège and Burghardt retires. Roubaix teams, Slovenia stages and Sprecher Brewery and Tour of America’s Dairyland. Ullrich and Martin raise money for Ukraine, Jumbo-Visma's new Tour jersey.