The lion of Flanders roared as the riders made their way through cycling’s heartland. For a country that was Rain and clouds appropriately covered Compiègne, France this morning at the Paris-Roubaix start. Sunshine would have felt out of place here. It’s “The Hell of the North ” after all — and it delivered on all uncharitable fronts.
— Mary Lee Mahony to www.efprocycling.com