After more than 120 years for men, the female cycling elite will be first at Paris-Roubaix for the first time on Saturday. The premiere of the women’s paving stone scene leads over 116 kilometers from Dinan to the velodrome in Roubaix. 30 kilometers must be completed on terrible motor graders. Potential rainy weather may exacerbate the challenge.
Superstar Anime Van Vleuten has described the first event – taking place a year and a half later than planned due to the coronavirus – as a “major milestone” for women’s cycling. With Sarah Rijksm and twin sisters Katherine and Christina Schoenberger, three Austrians also face the acid test. The last 85 kilometers of largely flat track, which is particularly challenging due to the rugged terrain, is identical to that of the men.
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On Sunday they are looking for Philip Gilbert’s successor in their 118th edition of Compiegne over 258 kilometers including 55 paving stones. The Belgian won the last event so far in Spring 2019. After canceling in 2020, the classic will make its debut this fall.
Marco Haller and Michael Google also want to take part in the exchange of blows between the candidates around Wout van Aert, Sonny Colbrelli, Kasper Asgreen and Vice World Champion Dylan van Baarle. For the two ÖRV races, this is one of the last big races of the former racing teams Bahrain and Qhubeka. Rain can also be expected on Sunday.