On Sunday, April 17, the 119th edition of the renowned Paris-Roubaix cobbled race will take place in France, marking the third men’s road cycling monument classic of the season (after Milan-Sanremo and the Tour of Flanders).
Paris-Roubaix 2022 on TV
Amstel Gold Races, won by Michal Kwiatkowski and Marta Cavalli last weekend, were moved from their traditional week after the Tour of Flanders due to the first round of French presidential elections.
Due in large part to the pavé (cobbled) sections of the course, this race is often considered to be among the most difficult and prestigious of the year.
Paris-Roubaix Femmes will be held for the second time on Saturday, April 16th, after a solo breakaway victory by British rider Lizzie Deignan in the inaugural race.
Riders to Keep an Eye on in The 2022 Paris-Roubaix And Paris-Roubaix Women’s Races
As the French would say, “L’Enfer du Nord” (Hell of the North) is a race that defies all attempts at prediction.
Factors such as weather, pavé conditions, unexpected punctures, and mechanical troubles can have a significant impact on the outcome of the race.
Wout van Aert of Jumbo Visma and Tadej Pogacar of UAE Team Emirates, who both would have been heavy favourites but aren’t even in the running this year, are two such men. Shortly before Flanders, Van Aert came down with Covid and ended up missing both that event and the Amstel Gold.
Even if the Belgian has made a full recovery, it is highly improbable that he will be at his best for the race and, if chosen to participate, he will most likely be employed primarily in a supporting role. Meanwhile, Pogacar opted out of Amstel Gold in favour of practising on pavé for the big race.
But the squad ultimately decided to depend on 2018 European champion Matteo Trentin, so he was cut.
Routing And Course For The 2022 Paris-Roubaix Race
The male competitors will have to pedal from Compiègne, located to the north-northeast of Paris, to the Roubaix velodrome, a distance of 257.2 kilometres (159.8 miles). Every edition of the race since 1977 (until 2020, when there wasn’t one) has begun in Compiègne, and every edition since 1943 (save for three years between 1986 and 1988) has finished in the Roubaix Velodrome.
There will be 30 cobbled sectors in this year’s race, starting at the traditional location of Troisvilles at about 100 kilometres into the course and ending outside the Roubaix Velodrome. The three most challenging sections of pavé are located at the Trouée d’Arenberg (at approximately 95 kilometres to go), the Mons-en-Pévèle (at approximately 48 kilometres to go), and the Carrefour de l’Arbre (at approximately 17 kilometres to go).
Tips for Following the 2022 Paris-Roubaix and Paris-Roubaix Women’s Races
Global Cycling Network, Eurosport, and Discovery+ in Europe; NBC Sports in the United States; and native television broadcasters in other nations will all be airing the events live. You may learn more at Paris-Roubaix.fr and Parix-Roubaix-femmes.fr.