This year’s Paris-Roubaix will be the 114th running of the famous cobbled Classic – the third of the season’s five Monument races.
In that time, Belgians have claimed victory on some 55 occasions – De Vlaeminck, Boonen, Van Looy, Museeuw and Merckx all among the famous Belgians to have won the race – and the French have topped the podium 30 times.
For the British, however, only two men have ever even earned a podium finish – Barry Hoban, who finished third in 1972, and Roger Hammond in 2004.
And of the two, it was Hammond’s third place 12 years ago which remains the closest a Brit has ever come to taking home the famous cobblestone trophy, losing out in the four-way final sprint to Magnus Backstedt and Tristan Hoffman, with a young Fabian Cancellara, this year set to ride his final Paris-Roubaix, fourth..
Ahead of Sunday’s Queen of the Classics, we’ve wound back the clock to relive the action from that famous race.