Paris-Roubaix 2019 odds
Who wins Paris-Roubaix 2019?
The Paris-Roubaix is one of the most iconic professional cycling races on the UCI WorldTour. The 2019 race takes place on the 14th April, starting in Northern France and finishing in Roubaix by the Belgian border.
The current holder is Peter Sagan (Team Bora - Hansgrohe), who won the 116th edition of the Paris-Roubaix after outgunning Silvan Dillier (Team AG2R La Mondiale) to the finish line at the Roubaix Velodrome. Following 257 km of racing and 29 stretches of its infamous paved sections, Niki Terpstra (Team Quick-Step Floors) rounded off the podium in third.
Sagan took the impressive victory following his attack from a leading group with 54 km remaining. He quickly breached the remainders of an earlier attack and, with Silvan Dillier, broke away for a two-man finish.
The Paris-Roubaix is one of the oldest races in professional cycling and is also one of the 'Monuments' of the European WorldTour calendar.
It’s particularly famous for its rough terrain, strong crosswinds and cobbled sections, known as pave. Because of its cobbled sections, it is part of the ‘cobbled classics’ alongside the Tour of Flanders, E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem.
Because of its tough terrain, it’s a race known for its numerous crashes and breakaways. Punctures and mechanicals are also very common, making it an exciting spectacle. Added to the spectacle is the finish in the velodrome which provides the crowd with an exciting finish.
The 2018 race was marred with sadness after the death of Belgian cyclist Michael Goolaerts, who died following a crash during the race.
Favourites to win
Despite recently losing his World Champion status, reigning champion Sagan will once more be a heavy favourite. The route suits Sagan perfectly and if he is in the front pack arriving at the velodrome finish, he’ll fancy himself in a sprint.
Those who will provide a stern challenge include 2017 race winner Greg Van Avermaet (Team BMC Racing), Sep Vanmarcke (Team EF Education First–Drapac p/b Cannondale), 2015 winner John Degenkolb (Team Trek–Segafredo), 2014 winner Niki Terpstra, Arnaud Demare (Team Groupama-FDJ) and Geraint Thomas (Team Sky).
Additionally, the likes of Oliver Naesen (Team AG2R La Mondiale) and Tony Martin (Team Katusha–Alpecin) will hope for a strong showing and potential podium place.