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On Sunday in northern France, pro cyclists competed in the 112th Paris-Roubaix race. This race from the outskirts of Paris to the town of Roubaix, which is near the Belgian border, is one of the so-called “Monuments” of cycling, which are the five oldest and most prestigious one-day races.
The particularly interesting thing about the Paris-Roubaix is that the majority of the course is on cobblestone roads. That sounds pretty brutal, doesn’t it? Riding a road bike over cobblestones for 150 miles? Well, it is brutal, which is why some call this race “The Hell of the North” and “A Sunday in Hell.”
However, at the 2013 edition of the Paris-Roubaix, French cyclist Yoann Offredo didn’t find the cobblestones particularly problematic. That’s because he crashed into a road sign on the opening stretch of the race, before he even got to the cobblestones.
Riding at the back of the main pack, the 26-year-old took a look behind himself to see if he could make a move to his right. As a result, he didn’t see a sign marking the median in the road until it was too late.
See for yourself:
Ouch! That looked like it might have hurt.
Hat Tip – [Bob's Blitz]