Vintage – Paris-Roubaix Photos

Today professional cyclists will line up for the start of the famous one-day French classic cycling race, Paris-Roubaix. Often called “The Hell of the North” or a “Sunday In Hell” because of the kilometer long sections of jarringly torturous cobbles that the riders must navigate.

First run in 1896, Paris–Roubaix is one of cycling’s toughest and oldest races. Since 1977, the winner of Paris–Roubaix has received a sett (cobble stone) as part of his prize.

Here are some classic photos of past races.

CYCLING-GARIN

An undated file photo shows Maurice Garin posing with an unidentified man. Italian-born Garin twice won Paris-Roubaix (1897-98) before winning the first edition of the Tour de France in 1903. AFP PHOTO/FILES

Andre Leducq

1928 winner Andre Leducq. AFP Photo

Paris-Roubaix 1934

The peloton passes through Cardin in 1934. AFP PHOTO

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Photos via: VeloNews

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