StryderHells said:Of course the race is worthwhile as a U23 classic but I think the point the other posters were making was that it's worthless as an indicator of future Paris Roubaix winners which is a fair call
It is an indicator. U23 racing has its own particularity. Age makes such a big difference that on a race like Paris-Roubaix U23 #3 or #4 have a big edge against younger riders. Sinkeldam was aged 22 when he won. Teunissen was aged 21. It needed a prodigy like Phinney to win it in his U23 #1 year... Look at the top10's and you might have indication.