More pavé added to Roubaix
Friday, March 4, 2005 12.00am
Paris-Roubaix may have lost the Arenberg, but the need for another change of direction has ended up
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM ASO, organisers of Paris-Roubaix, have announced another significant change to the route of this year's 'hell of the north', which takes place on April 10. Having already had to adjust the course to miss the overly dangerous Arenberg Forest section of cobbles, ASO have been forced to make even greater changes after roadworks were started on the Avesnes le Sec cobbled section that replaced the Arenberg. Consequently, more a drastic change has had to be made to the route of the 103rd Roubaix. The new course will take the race towards the southern side of Valenciennes, where four sections of cobbles that used to appear in the race will be used again, at Vertain, Aulnoy lez Valenciennes, Famars and Prseau. The change, which was suggested by former world champion and Roubaix-resident Jean Stablinski, not only adds 3.7km of pav to last year's total of 51km, but also includes the first uphill section of cobbles to be used in the race's history. This is situated at the hamlet of Hameau du Buat.
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