The 2015 Paris–Roubaix was the 113th edition of the Paris–Roubaix one-day race. It took place on 12 April and was the tenth race of the 2015 UCI World Tour. It was won by John Degenkolb in a sprint ahead of Zdeněk Štybar and Greg Van Avermaet. Degenkolb became only the second German to win the race, after Josef Fischers victory at the very first edition 119 years earlier.
|2015 UCI World Tour, race 10 of 28|
|Dates||12 April 2015|
|Distance||253.5 km (157.5 mi)|
|Winning time||5h 49' 51"|
The 2015 Paris–Roubaix was 253.5 kilometres (157.5 mi) in length, slightly shorter that the previous editions. Despite the name suggesting that the race starts in the French capital, it actually starts in Compiègne, 80 km north of Paris. After a short, neutralised section, the race began in Clairoix. The first (almost) 100 km were virtually flat and quiet, before the riders hit the 27 cobbled sections that total 52.7 kilometres (32.7 mi), the hardest being Trouée d'Arenberg, Mons-en-Pévèle and Carrefour de l'Arbre. Three sections (Quiévy, Saint-Python and Verchain-Maugré) will be included in stage 4 of the 2015 Tour de France. The last 750m were in the velodrome in Roubaix.
|27||Troisvilles to Inchy||98.5||2200|
|26||Viesly to Quiévy||105||1800|
|25||Quievy to Saint-Python||108||3700|
|23||Vertain to Saint-Martin-sur-Écaillon||120.5||2380|
|22||Verchain-Maugré to Quérénaing||130||1600|
|21||Quérénaing to Maing||133.5||2500|
|20||Maing to Monchaux-sur-Écaillon||136.5||1600|
|19||Haveluy to Wallers||149.5||2500|
|17||Wallers to Hélesmes||164||1600|
|16||Hornaing to Wandigniess||170.5||3700|
|15||Warlaing to Brillon||178||2400|
|14||Tilloy to Sars-et-Rosières||181.5||2400|
|13||Beuvry-la-Forêt to Orchies||188||1400|
|11||Auchy-lez-Orchies to Bersée||199||2700|
|9||Mérignies to Avelin||210.5||700|
|8||Pont-Thibaut to Ennevelin||214||1400|
|7||Templeuve - Moulin-de-Vertain||220||500|
|6||Cysoing to Bourghelles||226.5||1300|
|Bourghelles to Wannehain||229||1100|
|4||Carrefour de l'Arbre||236.5||2100|
|2||Willems to Hem||245.5||1400|
|1||Roubaix (Espace Crupelandt)||252||300|
|Total cobbled sections||52700|
As Paris-Roubaix is a UCI World Tour event, all 17 UCI WorldTeams were invited automatically and were obliged to send a squad. Eight Professional Continental teams received wildcard invitations and thus completed the 25-team peloton.
UCI Professional Continental teams
Two former multiple winners of the event missed the race for injury. Four time winner Tom Boonen was ruled out after dislocating his shoulder in a crash during Paris-Nice in March, whilst three-time winner Fabian Cancellara missed out after fracturing two vertebrae in his lower back in a crash at E3 Harelbeke.
Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha) was tipped by as the favourite to win the race, having won three stages and the General Classification of the Three Days of De Panne, the Tour of Flanders and Scheldeprijs in the fortnight leading up to the race. Defending champion Niki Terpstra also showed good form, having been runner up to Kristoff in the Tour of Flanders and also placing second in Gent–Wevelgem a week earlier. He was likely to share leadership of Etixx-Quick Step with Zdeněk Štybar, who was also in good form with a victory at Strade Bianche and second place at E3 Harelbeke earlier in the classics campaign.
Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins was riding the event as his final race for Team Sky before moving to his new WIGGINS squad to begin his preparations for a return to track racing at the 2016 Summer Olympics. He was expected to share leadership of Sky with Geraint Thomas, winner of E3 Harelbeke, and Ian Stannard, winner of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Other likely contenders for victory included Sep Vanmarcke (Team LottoNL-Jumbo), the runner up in the 2013 edition of the race, John Degenkolb (Team Giant-Alpecin), the runner up of the 2014 edition, Lars Boom (Astana Pro Team) who won Stage 5 of the 2014 Tour de France which featured some of the Paris-Roubaix cobble sectors, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo).
|Cyclist||Team||Time||UCI World Tour|
|1||John Degenkolb (GER)||Team Giant–Alpecin||5h 49' 51"||100|
|2||Zdeněk Štybar (CZE)||Etixx–Quick-Step||s.t.||80|
|3||Greg Van Avermaet (BEL)||BMC Racing Team||s.t.||70|
|4||Lars Boom (NED)||Astana||s.t.||60|
|5||Martin Elmiger (SUI)||IAM Cycling||s.t.||50|
|6||Jens Keukeleire (BEL)||Orica–GreenEDGE||s.t.||40|
|7||Yves Lampaert (BEL)||Etixx–Quick-Step||+ 7"||30|
|8||Luke Rowe (GBR)||Team Sky||+ 28"||20|
|9||Jens Debusschere (BEL)||Lotto–Soudal||+ 29"||10|
|10||Alexander Kristoff (NOR)||Team Katusha||+ 31"||4|
The race was marred by controversy when it emerged that dozens of cyclists had unsafely crossed a level crossing while the barriers were down. Further cyclists were only stopped from crossing when a police motorbiker intervened. Seconds later, an SNCF TGV high-speed train passed through the crossing.
The SNCF called for police to take action following the incident, stating that there could easily have been a tragedy.
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