Friday, April 09, 2010

1985 Paris Roubaix

In honor of this Sunday's Paris-Roubaix - The Queen of the Classics - we reprise the finish of the 1985 edition of the race more commonly known as, "The Hell of the North."

Wikipedia tells us that, "The 1985 Paris–Roubaix was ridden on the 14th of April in rainy conditions.

At one point, former three times winner Francesco Moser looked the serious contender, but a crash due to a hole between cobbles and a slow repair of his equipment eliminated Moser from the final.

About 15 kilometres from Roubaix, Marc Madiot escaped from an eight-man group with among others defending race winner Seán Kelly. Madiot held on and entered the velodrome in Roubaix on his own to win. Bruno Wojtinek, leaving the chase group some two kilometres from the line, finished second, cementing a French double. Seán Kelly and Greg Lemond were the next riders home, having avoided a crash just as the chasing group was entering the velodrome in Roubaix."

Results - Paris–Roubaix, 265 km.

N˚ Cyclist Team Time
1  Marc Madiot (FRA) Renault-Elf 7h 21'10"
2  Bruno Wojtinek (FRA) Renault-Elf at 1'57
3  Seán Kelly (IRE) Skil at 2'09
4  Greg LeMond (USA) La Vie Claire s.t.
5  Rudy Dhaenens (BEL) Hitachi s.t.
6  Eddy Planckaert (BEL) Panasonic s.t.
7  Jozef Lieckens (BEL) Lotto s.t.
8  Hennie Kuiper (NED) Verandalux at 3'30
9  Adri van der Poel (NED) Kwantum s.t.
10  Ferdi Van Den Haute (BEL) La Redoute at 5'04

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