The 111th edition of Paris Roubaix, aka the Hell of the north, aka the Queen of the classics is this Sunday. For those in the OooohSA, NBC Sports will be showing the race live. For those in Europe turn on ANY channel of your television, and for the rest of the world you'll probably have to go here and stream it live on your puter.
To sum up Paris Roubaix in one word it would be: COBBLES
Lots and lots of cobbles... 28 sections to be exact. And if its raining, the race will look A LOT like this:
Those who survive will look like this:
but if you were George Hincapie in the 2006 edition it ended like this: (via Cyclocosm)
More gracefully (and on a dry day), it'll look like this:
And finally after the 28 section of cobble stones (and odds are if your Fabian Cancellara), it'll end like this...
After the insanity of what is the hell of the north, the madness ends with a right hand turn into the Roubaix velodrome. Who ever remains will hear a bell lap and sprint it out for the win... or to the monster who solo's into the drome, they'll celebrate an astonishing victory to the greatest one day classic, Paris Roubaix.