January 13, 2005
This year's Hell of the North will bypass the Arenberg trench, probably the most famous cobbled section in the race, because a section of the road badly deteriorated:
"Organisers have decided not to ride on the 2,400m of the famous Arenberg trench for safety reasons," said a statement from organisers.
"The condition of the road has seriously deteriorated in recent years and a 200m section has collapsed and turned into a pool."
Magnus Backstedt scored probably the biggest win of his career in last year's edition. This year's race is scheduled for April 10.