Australian cyclist Phil Anderson winning the 1983 edition of Amstel Gold Classic.

Australian cyclist Phil Anderson winning the 1983 edition of Amstel Gold Classic.

Eddy Merckx and Roger de Vlaminck at the 1973 edition of Paris-Roubaix which Merckx would go on to win. Picture comes from The Sporting Life. 

Eddy Merckx and Roger de Vlaminck at the 1973 edition of Paris-Roubaix which Merckx would go on to win. Picture comes from The Sporting Life

An exhausted Servais Knaven moments after winning the 2001 Paris-Roubaix. The picture comes from CyclingTips’ gallery of photographs from the history of the race.

An exhausted Servais Knaven moments after winning the 2001 Paris-Roubaix. The picture comes from CyclingTips’ gallery of photographs from the history of the race.

If you need any further encouragement about the upcoming Paris-Roubaix, try watching the above.

The next day, with my cobblestone trophy on the kitchen table and my bike still caked in mud in the garage, my whole body ached. My hands buzzed from the constant vibrating on the cobbles. It was like pins and needles. My undercarriage was raw. When I went for a pee the burning sensation made me wince. Paris-Roubaix is the hardest single-day test a rider can face.
Excerpt from Sean Kelly’s book Hunger in the Daily Telegraph recounting life after winning Paris-Roubaix in 1984.

Magnus Bäckstedt gives his account of winning the 2004 Paris-Roubaix.

Walter Godefroot competing in the 1978 Paris-Roubaix. This year’s edition is happening on Sunday.

Walter Godefroot competing in the 1978 Paris-Roubaix. This year’s edition is happening on Sunday.

Fabian Cancellara from his early days at Mapei. 

Fabian Cancellara from his early days at Mapei. 

Jesper Skibby gets hit by the race director’s car on the Koppenberg during the 1987 edition of the Ronde van Vlaanderen. Inner Ring has a guide to the Koppenberg, its history and how best to visit the climb.

Local hero Roger de Vlaeminck (nicknamed “The Gypsy”) won the Tour of Flanders in 1977. The picture comes from a CyclingTips gallery of photos from the Tour of Flanders’ history. Look out for this year’s edition on Sunday.

Local hero Roger de Vlaeminck (nicknamed “The Gypsy”) won the Tour of Flanders in 1977. The picture comes from a CyclingTips gallery of photos from the Tour of Flanders’ history. Look out for this year’s edition on Sunday.