Arenberg returns to 'Hell'
As was widely predicted, the organisers of Paris-Roubaix confirmed over the weekend that this year’s
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Paris-Roubaix organisers ASO have confirmed that the renowned section of cobbles through the Arenberg Forest will feature on the route of this year’s ‘Hell of the North’ in April. The section was dropped from last year’s race due to safety concerns resulting from the effects of subsidence of the Arenberg roadway.
The decision was announced on Saturday by Tour de France boss Jean-Marie Leblanc and Paris-Roubaix race director Jean-Francois Pescheux after they had visited the Arenberg that morning. “It is now possible to guarantee to the teams that racers will not be led into a trap when entering the Arenberg Forest,” said Pescheux, who added: “But, don’t be fooled, the improvements that have been made don’t make it a boulevard. The Arenberg is still a tricky section.”
Measuring 2.4km, the Arenberg first appeared on the Roubaix in 1968, but was bypassed last year after numerous complaints from teams and riders about the dangers of the section.