Paris-Roubaix 2017: GCN's Top 9 Riders To Watch

Published on April 6th 2017


2017 marks the 115th edition of Paris-Roubaix and Dan Lloyd gives his run down of 9 riders to watch at this cobbled monument, nicknamed The Hell Of The North. Subscribe to GCN: Get exclusive GCN gear in the GCN shop! The race is 257km in length with 55km of cobbles, equalling 21% of the race on "loaf-of-bread-like" cobblestones. Tom Boonen - Top 10 on 11 occasions and winner of 4 editions, this is the Belgian affectionally known as Tommeke, last outing at this race. Peter Sagan - He needs no introduction, back to back World Champion and seems to be a top favourite for every race he starts! John Degenkolb - The 2015 winner will want to repeat his victory and has a strong team to back him up along the way. Luke Rowe & Ian Stannard - This duo from Team Sky have are likely to have joint leadership at L'enfer du Nord and both want this race badly for their palmarès! Matthew Hayman - The 2016 winner will return to defend his title, and has a good support team, including Luke "Turbo Durbo" Durbridge. Greg Van Avermaert - His best result is third, achieved in 2015, and is in terrific form right now. Niki Terpstra - The Dutchman is likely to be playing second fiddle to Tom Boonen in the Quick-Step Floors squad and this could play into his favour, allowing him to sneak up the road whilst the rival teams watch Tom Boonen. Alexander Kristoff- He's not set the racing on fire yet in 2017, but he's been there or thereabouts. His loyal domestique Tony Martin will be by his side to help him out and is actually a good outside bet! If you'd like to contribute captions and video info in your language, here's the link 👍 Watch more on GCN... Paris - Roubaix 2017 GCN Race Preview 📹 How To Ride And Look Like A Belgian Professional Cyclist 📹 Photos: © Bettiniphoto / & ©Tim De Waele /