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January 13, 2005


BBC Sport | Paris-Roubaix to bypass 'trench'

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.

Posted by Frank Steele on January 13, 2005 in Magnus Backstedt, Tour news | Permalink