More cobbles as Paris-Roubaix returns to 2013 route

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More cobbles as Paris-Roubaix returns to 2013 route

Race shares three secteurs with Tour de France as route confirmed

Paris-Roubaix will boast even more cobbles for the 113th iteration of the famous race this year, including three secteurs set to be used at the Tour de France.

Riders will have tackle 253 kilometres of racing between Compiegne and the Roubaix velodrome in total on April 12, with 52.7km of that distance over the iconic pavé.

The peloton must tackle 52.7km of cobbles at this year’s Hell of the North – an identical route to that used in 2013 (pic: Bruno Bade/ASO)

Covering 27 secteurs in total, the cobbles cover 1600m more than last year but on an indentical route to the one on which Fabian Cancellara won in 2013.

Changes to last year’s event are based around Valenciennes at the half-way point of the race and, in particular, after the first secteur of the day at Troisvilles.

Sir Bradley Wiggins is set to ride his final race for Team Sky at the “Hell of the North”, with eyes on bettering his top-ten finish of last season.

Tour de France hopefuls will also have something to interest them, with the secteurs at Quievy, Saint-Python and Verchain-Maugre all set to appear on stage four of the race in July.

Sir Bradley Wiggins will ride his final WorldTour race for Team Sky at Paris-Roubaix (pic: Bruno Bade/ASO)

Though they will be tackled in reverse by the Tour de France peloton, the 3.7km stretch at Quievy, in particular, will be one which could cause some decisive splits on the cobblestones.

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