Paris-Roubaix race tech
Paris-Roubaix is a technical showcase like no other. Mechanics find ever more inventive set-ups to try and cushion their riders from the bone-jarring cobbles, and cycling’s biggest brands routinely use the weekend to unveil new models.
This year’s 112th edition of the Queen of the Classics was no different, with Lapierre pulling back the covers from their new Pulsium and a rival teams deploying a host of different measures to try and make the 28 cobbled secteurs – some 51km in total – more bearable.
We got up close to the latest machinery to bring you detailed photo galleries of the bikes of Peter Sagan (Cannondale), Luca Paolini (Katusha), and Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky), not to mention the custom Trek Domane of defending champion, Fabian Cancellara.
We also made a detailed inspection of the rubber of Roubaix – the tyres used by professional cycling’s biggest teams to try and tame the pave. Covers from specialist French firm, FMB, and special editions from industry giants like Continental were among those we witnessed in the paddock at Compiègne.