July 4, 2022

everything you need to know about the 1st edition of the race

An unprecedented and already historic race

While the men’s race, queen of the classic events, will live its 117th edition, the girls will set off for the very first time (and in the rain?) On the cobbled sectors of the North, for an edition of Paris-Roubaix for women already. historical.

The first women’s edition should have taken place last year, but the Paris-Roubaix had finally been canceled due to the second wave of Covid-19. The girls then thought to take the start in April, but the prefect of the North had again ordered the postponement of the event. The third will be the right one for the 129 participants who will start from Denain at 13:35.

116.4 km and 17 paved sectors

The women’s route will be shorter than that of the men: 116.4 km including 29.2 km of cobblestones spread over 17 sectors. If women will not take the legendary Arenberg gap, they will be found on the cobblestones of Mons-en-Pévèle and Carrefour de l’Arbre.

They will complete three loops in the starting town, Denain, before setting off to attack the first paved sector, at kilometer 34 (Hornaing). From this first paved section, the women will follow exactly the same route as the men, until they reach the Roubaix velodrome.

The weather is shaping up to be dire, with rain forecast all afternoon, although the backwind should be favorable for a fast race.

The race on France 3 and on the side of the road

The race will be broadcast on France 3 and Eurosport live from 3:10 pm The race is also accessible to the public, subject to wearing a mask throughout the course. To access the departure and arrival areas, the health pass will also be mandatory.

The hours of passage of the girls on the main paved sections of the course:

First paved area in Hornaing
: around 2:40 p.m.

Mons-en-Pévèle sector
: around 3.35 p.m.

Carrefour de l’Arbre sector
: around 4:25 p.m.

Arrival at the Roubaix velodrome around 4:45 p.m.

All the route times are available on the Paris-Roubaix women’s website.

Three Dutch women for a final victory

129 cyclists from 22 teams will be on the starting line. If a few French women can do their job, including Audrey Cordon-Ragot, the Dutch will be the big favorites of the race.

On the first fifteen stages of the World Tour, the final victory of twelve of them was played between five Dutch riders: Chantal van den Broek-Blaak, Marianne Vos, Annemiek van Vleuten, Demi Vollering and Anna van der Breggen.

Anna van der Breggen will not be there, she retired just after the Worlds, just like Demi Vollering, who is skipping the race, but the other three have real cards to play with their respective teams. After the disappointment of the “Oranje” at the Olympic Games and the World Championships (two 2nd place), the Dutch have this time every chance of raising their arms at the finish line.