It’s been six months since Lizzie Deignan broke free on the Hornaing à Wandignies pavé. Difficult conditions, crashes and the rest of the Trek team did their best to mess up the chase behind, and despite a hard push by Marianne Vos nothing could stop Deignan from becoming the first female winner of Paris-Roubaix after an 80 km long solo break.
The Brit is currently pregnant with her second child and won’t be able to defend the title, so a new queen of the cobbles will be crowned on Saturday.
Some of the riders who either did well in the inaugural edtion or who may have the skills/form to finish high up this time:
Marianne Vos, Lotte Kopecky, Marta Bastianelli, Marta Cavalli, Emma Norsgaard, Chantal van den Broek-Blaak, Christine Majerus, Lorena Wiebes, Elisa Balsamo, Ellen van Dijk, Floortje Mackaij, Aude Biannic, Grace Brown, Silvia Persico, Coryn Labecki, Elise Chabbey. Audrey Cordon-Ragot, Lucinda Brand, Elisa Longo Borghini, and Mieke Kröger.
Interesting riders who aren’t taking part: Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Covid), Annemiek van Vleuten, Demi Vollering, Shirin van Anrooij, Lisa Brennauer (Covid), Franziska Koch (broken hand), Yara Kastelijn, Kasia Niewiadoma, Anna Henderson, Blanka Vas and Marlen Reusser.
Full start list: https://firstcycling.com/race.php?r=13853&y=2022&k=8
No rain and not too much wind. Temperatures between 12 and 18 °C during the race.
The race starts an hour earlier this year (12:35 CEST). ES/GCN begins their coverage at 13:15, but I’m not sure when they’ll have live pictures from the race.
Same procedure as last year, but with an additional local lap in Denain making the race just shy of 125 km long.
(The 2021 profile)