Roubaix Velodrome

The Roubaix Velodrome (officially Vélodrome André-Pétrieux) is a velodrome in Roubaix, Nord, France. It was opened in 1936 and has hosted the finish of the one-day "monument classic" cycling race Paris–Roubaix since 1943.[1][2]

Roubaix Velodrome
Vélodrome André-Pétrieux
Vélodrome André Pétrieux Roubaix 08.JPG
The velodrome in 2012
LocationRoubaix, Nord, France
Coordinates50°40′41″N 3°12′19″E / 50.6781°N 3.2052°E / 50.6781; 3.2052Coordinates: 50°40′41″N 3°12′19″E / 50.6781°N 3.2052°E / 50.6781; 3.2052
OwnerCity of Roubaix
Field size500 m (550 yd) track
Vélo Club Roubaix Lille Métropole

The race moved to the current stadium in 1943, and there it has stayed with the exceptions of 1986, 1987 and 1988 when the finish was in the avenue des Nations-Unies, outside the offices of La Redoute, the mail-order company which sponsored the race.[3]

The shower room inside the velodrome is distinctive for the open, three-sided, low-walled concrete stalls, each with a brass plaque to commemorate a winner. These include Peter Van Petegem, Eddy Merckx, Peter Sagan, Roger De Vlaeminck,[4] Rik Van Looy and Fausto Coppi.[5]

The velodrome is located in the Parc des Sports, on the eastern outskirts of Roubaix, less than two kilometres from the Belgian border. The grass field on the inside of the track is used as a venue for Roubaix' rugby team. In 2012, a new multi-purpose indoor velodrome with a 250 m track, the Stab Vélodrome de Roubaix [fr], opened next to the Roubaix Velodrome.[6]


  1. ^ Müller-Schell, Werner (2012). Classic Cycle Routes of Europe: The 25 Greatest Road Cycling Races and how to Ride Them. A&C Black. p. 53. ISBN 978-1-4081-5752-7.
  2. ^ Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill (2011). Historical Dictionary of Cycling. Scarecrow Press. p. 155. ISBN 978-0-8108-7175-5.
  3. ^ Het Laatste Nieuws, Belgium, 21 April 2004
  4. ^ Gregor Brown (2008-04-08). "106th Paris-Roubaix - 1.HC, Hell's pavé strike its rhythm". Cyclingnews.
  5. ^ "Big Chainring Ride Around Lago di Garda". Italian Cycling Journal. 2007-04-15.
  6. ^ "Le vélodrome: Présentation". (in French). Retrieved 3 October 2016.

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