We are fortunate, here at RKP, to have access to the panoply of great photos being shot from roadside in Europe by John Pierce. This batch came in shortly after the race, and provides ample illustration of how, even on a beautiful spring day, Paris-Roubaix can be a brutal and punishing race not for the faint of heart or backside.
The large breakaway group in another dusty section of pavé. Spare a thought for the poor, Mavic neutral service moto, soaking up all those bumps to tend to mechanicals in stretches team cars are not allowed to follow.
Johan van Summeren throwing his wobbly victory salute, quite possibly the single greatest moment he will ever have on a bicycle. The lanky Belgian doubled down by asking his girlfriend to marry him, shortly after spraying the Roubaix crowd with valedictory champagne.
A close-up of van Summeren, exhausted after pushing off the front and time-trialing to the finish, a worthy victor. You can nearly make out the smear of Belgian toothpaste (dust) that coats his weary smile.
Garmin-Cervelo’s bruised, battered and filthy Tyler Farrar looking far from triumphant at the finish in Roubaix. Farrar hit the deck at the Scheldeprijs just a few days before Paris-Roubaix, and then had his day in France ended prematurely by a further crash.
Images: John Pierce, Photosport International