With significant investment agreed for much-needed repairs to the cobbles in the Arenberg Forest, th
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The chances of the fearsome pav in the Arenberg Forest appearing in next April’s edition of Paris-Roubaix have been given a significant boost after France’s General Council of the North approved investment of 220,000 euros in work to renovate the cobbles in the forest and improve safety considerations. According to the council, “the objective is for Paris-Roubaix to pass through the Arenberg in 2006”.
The Arenberg, where Philippe Gaumont and Johan Museeuw suffered career-threatening injuries in recent seasons, was pulled from this year’s Roubaix by race organisers ASO because it was felt that subsidence due to mining in the area had made the section overly dangerous.
A release from ASO stated: “The organisers foresee the return of the Arenberg Forest to Paris-Roubaix’s legendary course in 2006 as long as the repairs are finished before April 9, date of the 104th edition of the race.”