“I’ve been living, eating and breathing Paris-Roubaix since I was 15, 16 years old,” Magnus Bäckstedt told BikeRadar when he reflected on his epic victory in the Hell of the North in 2004 for this exclusive video.
Exactly a decade on and every moment of that race – his finest moment on a bike – appears etched in stone, such is the power of his recall; every twitch from a rival or teammate, every cobble that could have wrecked his chances lives on in crystal clear detail.
Bäckstedt on winning paris-roubaix in 2004
Video: Bäckstedt was elated after winning Paris-Roubaix in 2004
“I remember going across the final section in Hem,” he said. “I just managed to flick around a reasonable sized stone and I thought, ‘Oh, that was lucky’, and straight away thought if no one else clips that it’s a miracle.”
Bäckstedt made it to the Roubaix velodrome with Tristan Hoffman, Roger Hammond and Fabian Cancellara and won a thrilling dash for the line – informed in part by watching videos of previous sprint finishes.
In the run up to this weekend’s action – where, incidentally, Cancellara remains a top hot favourite – watch this incredible video as Bäckstedt relives his perfect Sunday in Hell and the extreme emotion that went with it.