A Century of Paris Roubaix by Pascal Sergent Accessories Vermarc
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A Century of Paris Roubaix by Pascal Sergent

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Paris-Roubaix, an iconic and grueling cycling race known for its cobbled paths, is vividly depicted through historic snapshots and narratives in Pascal Sergent's comprehensive account. He delves into its over a century-long history, from Josef Fischer's 1896 victory to recent champions, celebrating its enduring appeal and the physical and emotional toll it exacts on competitors. This race, described by Jacques Goddet as cycling's remaining "touch of craziness," remains captivating for its harsh roads and the timeless human spirit it showcases.

The book, marking the race's centenary, covers ninety-three years of its storied past, emphasizing its role in cycling folklore and as a testament to human endurance and passion. Sergent, a dedicated historian, enriches this tale with his meticulous collection of race memorabilia, bringing to life the race's legendary status.

The narrative also acknowledges the broader community's reverence for Paris-Roubaix, including the mayor of Roubaix and other local dignitaries, highlighting its significance to the region's identity and legacy. The race's impact extends beyond sports, contributing to the cultural and historical fabric of northern France. It challenges and enthralls, epitomizing the spirit of cycling and the enduring allure of "The Hell of the North."

Jean-Marie Leblanc lauds the collective effort in preserving the race's heritage and ensuring its challenging nature remains intact, reflecting the cycling world's unified respect for this unparalleled classic. The book serves as both a tribute to Paris-Roubaix's storied past and a beacon for future generations to appreciate its unique place in cycling history.

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