Roubaix hosts its fair share of world class cycling events.
Synonymus with l’enfer du Nord, arguably the toughest of all the one day Spring Classics, the town hosted the stars of cyclo-cross last Sunday.
Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony), considered one of the all-time greats of ‘cross, and Katie Compton (Trek), series leader of this year’s elite women’s category, didn’t disappoint the locals.
British riders in the form of national champion, Helen Wyman (Kona), and Nikki Harris (Young-Telenet Fidea) have both stood on the podium in previous rounds, but Wyman had to settle for thirteenth place after an early crash, while Harris finished fourth.
Our man with the lens, Balint Hamvas, was in Roubaix to capture these superb images.
Sven Nys won his second round of the UCI World Cup in succession with a dominant display in Roubaix
World champion, Niels Albert, managed to keep smiling, despite seeing his lead in the World Cup reduced by Nys to 15 points
Katie Compton (right) finished just eight seconds ahead of San Van Passen, who appears to be measuring the margin of victory
Gabby Day (Rapha-FOCUS), one of three British women to have made a lasting impression on this year’s World Cup, recorded another top 10 placing by finishing sixth in Roubaix
It’s not only the famous road race to Roubaix that makes the riders suffer in grizzly conditions.