Paris-Roubaix 2014: preview

Fabian Cancellara targets historic third double

Paris-Roubaix is not called Queen of the Classics without good cause, and the season’s third Monument race, which takes place on Sunday (April 13) is set to be a Classic in every sense of the word.

Having won the Ronde Van Vlaanderen, Fabian Cancellara stands on the verge of an historic, record-breaking third ‘double’ should he claim victory at Roubaix, a feat which would affirm his place as one of the finest Classics rider ever.

Fabian Cancellara could seal a record-breaking third Ronde-Roubaix double (pic: Sirotti)

But Spartacus does not just have the 28 secteurs of pavè to contend with en route, but a strong line-up of riders bidding to knock him from his perch.

VIctory for Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) would make him the most successful rider in Paris-Roubaix history should he seal a fourth victory, while Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) has vengeance on his mind after his heart-breaking defeat 12 months ago.

Each secteur of pavè has been re-classified by the ASO ahead of Sunday’s race with the Arenberg, of course, among the toughest.

Read on for our in-depth look at the route and contenders ahead of the 112th edition of the famous race.

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