Paris-Roubaix is the toughest one-day race on the pro cycling calendar and a feast of road cycling tech, with the world’s best riders pitting their bikes and bodies against the brutal cobbles of northern France.
With last year’s Paris-Roubaix cancelled and this year’s pushed back six months, we’ve had two-and-a-half years of bike development since the pros last took to the race’s notorious pavé.
And that was reflected in the choice of bikes and equipment for the 2021 Hell of the North, in both the men’s race and the first-ever edition of the Paris-Roubaix Femmes.
That, coupled with bad weather and cobbles caked in mud through the weekend – the first properly wet Paris-Roubaix since 2002 – meant that there was a marked shift in equipment on display at this year’s race.
Perhaps Paris-Roubaix should be moved permanently to October? This year’s race has been more of a spectacle than we’ve seen for years and an opportunity for us to see where the future of road bikes is heading.
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Lizzie Deignan’s Roubaix-winning Trek Domane SLR
Newly-crowned world champion Elisa Balsamo’s Paris-Roubaix Femmes bike
Continental’s new Roubaix-winning GP5000 tubeless tyre
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ERIC LALMAND:BELGA MAG:AFP via Getty Images
Jorge Luis Alvarez Pupo
Tim de Waele
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