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Why does the cycle race take the Arenberg trench?

In our podcast “Minute Papillon! “, We go back in time with our series” It was the first time in the history of sport … “. An episode related to the Paris-Roubaix cycling race scheduled for Sunday. This classic was postponed and then canceled, last year, before being postponed, again in spring 2021, because of the health crisis linked to Covid-19.

In this episode, we come back to the reasons why the organizers of Paris-Roubaix decided to integrate a formidable new cobblestone sector during the 1968 edition. Also discover how the northerner rider Jean Stablinski oriented the team’s research organization so that the event becomes again “the hell of the North”.

“The race can get lost in the Arenberg trench”

Since then, this Arenberg Trench (or Hole) has become an essential part of the race. “It is not at the Trouée d’Arenberg that the race is won, on the other hand, it can get lost there”, tells Pascal Sergent, our guest, in this podcast. Cycling historian and president of the Hauts-de-France regional committee, he explains how Paris-Roubaix has evolved over the years and why, in the 1960s, this race had lost its splendor. If you want to know more about this first time, it’s as easy as clicking in the audio player above.

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