Did TV spoil Paris – Roubaix?

Its rhetorical as a question of course. But with the Eurosport “family” taking the whole of PR from gun to flag this year again, was the pattern of the race altered?

Last year was the first time that the whole event was beamed on a single platform across Europe and the first hour was even more chaotic than usual with riders trying to get into that break for more tv coverage. 

This year the peloton didn’t get the chance to let a break go and have a rest before the cobbles as every single attack was neutralised. 

As a result the whole race was completely different and I have to say it didn’t feel that great to me. 

With Eurosport announcing that they will be doing Tour de France stages in their entirety this summer, we shall see if this pattern of trying to hog the screens for longer or preventing other sponsors getting exposure catches on…

Time will tell. 

The best “Hell of the North” ever?

So the question on everyone’s lips this week is as to whether that was the greatest Paris Roubaix ever? 

What is for sure is that the feelings that you need foul weather to get a high quality, exciting race have been put to bed. 

It looked madness when a number of the big favourites were off the front before the Arenberg Forest with over 90km to go. But they made the move stick ensuring that Fabian Cancellara and Peter Sagan were isolated and dropped. 

Sep Vanmarcke and Ian Stannard produced a flourish of late attacks which didn’t stick before Matt Hayman and Tom Boonen got away in the streets of Roubaix. 

Hayman spoilt the local fans day by beating Boonen in the sprint but it was an epic from minute one. 

Here’s to the next one, although we are still very excited by the upcoming Ardennes week.