Course changes at Paris-Roubaix will see a new order for a number of sectors in the “Queen of the Classics.”
Organizer ASO announced on Friday that it had shortened the route by three kilometers, to 254km, and that the race would return to the newly renamed Pont Gibus cobblestone sector for the first time since 2008.
Riders will tackle the sector, repaired by the Friends of Paris-Roubaix association, the Wallers town authorities, and the Nord Pas-de-Calais regional authorities, after the Trouée d’Arenberg.
“In the last few editions, the peloton took a detour in the area south of Valenciennes, which took the riders through the Le Buat cobbled sector. This section has been replaced with another detour through the town of Wallers,” ASO said in a press release. “The bunch will come up against a cobbled sector which has not featured in the race since 2008: following renovation works by the town of Wallers and the Nord Pas-de-Calais region, the 1,600m section from Wallers to Hélesmes has been rechristened ‘Pont Gibus’ as a tribute to Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle.”
Duclos-Lassalle won his two Roubaix titles on the strength of his rides through the Category 4 sector.
The 111th Paris-Roubaix will take place on April 7 and ASO should announce more route details soon.