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Published on Apr 7, 2012
Paris--Roubaix is a one-day professional bicycle road race in northern France near the Belgian frontier
It has been called the Hell of the North, a Sunday in Hell
Paris--Roubaix is one of the oldest races of professional road cycling. It was first run in 1896 and has stopped only for two world wars. The race was created by two Roubaix textile manufacturers, Théodore Vienne (born 28 July 1864) and Maurice Perez. They had been behind the building of a velodrome on 46,000 square metres at the corner of the rue Verte and the route d'Hempempont, which opened on 9 June 1895