This is my mini guide to Paris-Roubaix 2022 Teams and Bikes.
But first, allow me to introduce briefly the “Hell of the North” just in case you need it.
Paris-Roubaix is on April 17th, 2022. The 257.5km race starts from Compiegne and finishes on the Velodrome of Roubaix (France).
The “Hell of the North” as it is lovely nicknamed, is one of the five monuments, and it is one of the most brutal one-day races with its paves section.
The cobblestones section starts at the 100km mark.
From there until Roubaix there are 30 cobblestones sections totaling 54.8km.
Each cobbles section is graded for its toughness. Five stars are the most difficult on the grading scale.
The most difficult sections are:
- Sector 4: Carrefour de l’Arbre, ★★★★★, 2,100m.
- Sector 5: Camphin-en-Pévèle, ★★★★, 1,800m.
- Sector 7: Cysoing > Bourghelles, ★★★★, 1,300m.
- Sector N.11: Mons-en-Pévèle, ★★★★★, 3,000m.
- Sector 12: Auchy-lez-Orchies > Bersée, ★★★★, 2,600m.
- Sector 15: Tilloy-lez-Marchiennes > Sars-et-Rosières, ★★★★, 2,400m.
- Sector 17: Hornaing > Wandignies-Hamage, ★★★★, 3,700m.
- Sector 19: Trouée d’Arenberg, ★★★★★, 2,300m (This is the most iconic section).
- Sector 20: Haveluy > Wallers, ★★★★, 2,500m.
- Sector 26: Quiévy > Saint-Python, ★★★★, 3,700m.
For the second year in a row, there is also a women’s edition called Paris-Roubaix femmes held on Saturday, April 16th.
The 24 women’s teams are racing a shorter version with 116km including 17 cobbles sectors of 29.2km in total.
Also on Saturday is the Paris-Roubaix Challenge, which is the amateur version. I added it to my “Cycling To-Do” list.
Paris-Roubaix Specific Setups
Some teams use dedicated bikes models, and some others their road bike versions tuned specifically for Paris-Roubaix.
Teams mechanics use as many tricks to ensure riders go through the hell as “smoothly” as possible.
Most seen setups are wider tire sections, between 27 and 32 depending on teams.
Either tubular or tubeless pumped in very low pressure (55~80 P.S.I.) and filled with a lot of puncture-proof sealants.
When I say a lot, I mean up to two bottles into one wheel while one bottle is designed to fill two wheels. That’s a lot.
Team DSM bikes are equipped with hubs that allow adjusting tire pressure on the fly.
Double layers of bar tapes are a classic setup seen on Paris-Roubaix. Many riders protect themselves by taping all parts of the body that are in contact with the bike.
Fingers, palms, and bottoms in some cases are taped to protect the skin. For an example on how it looks see how Groupama-FDJ does it here.
Some riders also adjust their handlebar angle slightly up. Raising the brake hoods for a more relaxed wrist position.
Paris-Roubaix 2022 Teams and Bikes
25 teams are starting the 119th edition of Paris-Roubaix. 18 teams are the World Tour teams and the 7 are Continental Pro teams.
Team Bahrain Merida-Victorious is racing on the Merida Reacto. The bikes are equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset and Vision 45 SL tubeless wheels. The tires are the Continental GP5000 S TR 32mm section. Riders are using Prologo Energrip gloves.
FENG Chun Kai
Lotto Soudal team is racing on Ridley bikes. The wheels are the DTSwiss and the tires are Vittoria Corsa Graphen 2.0 tubeless.
VAN MOER Brent
Team Alpecin-Fenix is racing on Canyon Aeroad. The aero bike is used by the team throughout the road season. Wheels are Shimano C50 Tubeless fitted with Vittoria Corsa Graphen 2.0 section of 30mm.
VAN DER POEL Mathieu
VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume
Astana is racing on the Wilier Triestina bikes equipped with the Corima Tubeless-type wheels. Tires are Vittoria Corsa Graphen 2.0 Tubeless, section of 28mm and 30mm depending on rider preference. Tire pressure also depends on riders weights and preference, however it is between 3.8 and 5.1. Different pressures on front and rear of each bikes.
The Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team is racing on the Specialized S-Works Roubaix featuring a damper stem and flexible seat post at the seat clamp area to optimize comfort.
The wheels are the Roval Rapid CLX tubeless. Tires are the Specialized S-Woks S Tubeless with 32mm section.
Jumbo-Visma is racing on the Cervelo Caledonia 5 equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace C50 tubeless wheels. Rubbers are the Vittoria Corsa Graphen 2.0 tubeless.
Israel – PremierTech races the Paris Roubaix on the Factor Ostro VAM and either Black Inc SIXTY or FORTY-FIVE wheels.
WÜRTZ SCHMIDT Mads
TotalEnergie team is racing on the Specialized Roubaix featuring a damper stem and flexible seat post at the seat clamp area to optimize comfort.
Chains are not waxed. Gears are 54/44 front and 11-25 cassettes. Despite the double chainring, only the outer is used. The inner ring is there “just in case” something goes wrong. As it often happens on Paris-Roubaix.
Roval Rapid wheels are fitted with 32 mm tubeless tires. Tires have 4.0 bar pressure, no foam, and only sealant.
BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
VAN GESTEL Dries
Ineos team is racing on the Pinarello Dogma F, disc version. Shimano C50 tubeless wheels fitted with Continental GP5000 S TR Tubeless tires in 28mm section.
VAN BAARLE Dylan
The Ag2r-Citroen team race on BMC uses 30mm Pirelli P Zero Race 4S tubeless or tubulars filled with anti-puncture sealant and foam inserts. Bikes are the same models as the rest of the year.
The groupset is from Campagnolo including the wheels.
Bar tape is the Fizik Tempo Microtex Boncush or Terra Microtx Bondcrush and gel.
VAN AVERMAET Greg
VAN HOECKE Gijs
The team Trek-Segafredo is racing on Trek Domane bikes. The wheels are the Bontrager Eolus and the tires are Pirelli P Zero Race 4S Tubeless. The Sram groupset is a 1×12 Red.
The team Groupama-FDJ is racing on Lapierre Xelius SL bikes. The wheels are the Shimano Dura-Ace C50 Tubeless. The team races with Continental GP5000 S TR tubeless.
LE GAC Olivier
The Bora-hansgrohe team is one of the three teams racing Paris-Roubaix 2022 on the Specialized S-Works Roubaix. The bike was designed for Paris-Roubaix brutal race in mind. This explains the stem damper and seatpost flexible at the seat clamp area. The wheels are the new Roval Rapix CLX and the tires are the Specialized S-Works S tubeless.
The team Cofidis is racing on its De rosa Merak bikes. The gears are Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12 speed. The wheels are the Corima fitted with Michelin Power Competition tubulars.
Team DSM races on Scott bikes equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace C50 tubeless wheels. The tires are Vittoria Corsa Graphen 2.0.
NABERMAN Tim NS
The team Arkea-Samsic is racing on Canyon Aeroad equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 12 speed groupset. The wheels are Shimano C50 Tubeless and the tires are the Continental GP5000 S TR.
The EF Education team is racing on Cannondale bikes equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace 12 speeds groupset and FSA crankset. The wheels are the Vision and the tires are the Vittoria Corsa Graphen 2.0 tubeless.
Intermarche is racing on Cube C68x bikes. Continental GP5000 S TR Tubeless tires. Tire pressure range from 3.0 to 4.0. Chains are waxed. Sealant in the tires.
VAN DER HOORN Taco
VAN MELSEN Kévin
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
Unox Team is racing Paris-Roubaix Dare bikes. The bikes are equipped with DT Swiss wheels rolling on Vittoria Corsa Graphen 2.0 tires. Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc groupset.
HANSEN Lasse Norman
LEVY William Blume
RESELL Erik Nordsæter
The team BikeExchange races on Giant bikes equipped with Cadex wheels.
The UAE-Emirates team is racing on Colnago bikes. The groupset and wheels are from Campagnolo. The tires are the Pirelli P Zero Race 4S tubeless.
LAENGEN Vegard Stake
MOLANO Juan Sebastián
Movistar team is racing on Canyon Aeroad. The bikes are equipped with a Sram Red 12-speed groupset and Zipp 303 tubeless wheels.
GARCÍA CORTINA Iván
B&B Hotels – KTM
The team B&B hotels – KTM races on KTM bikes. The wheels are the DT Swiss and the tires are the Continental GP5000 S TR tubeless.
Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
Team Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB is racing on De Rosa SK Pininfarina bikes rolling on FastForward RYOTT 33/44/55mm wheels and Schwalbe Pro One 30mm.
Some riders use double Repente 3.0 bar tape and Repente saddles. Swissstop disc rotors and pads. Rotor crankset and PowerMeter. Look pedals.
LAUK Karl Patrick
Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise
The team Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise is racing on Eddy Merckx road bikes. Wheels are FastForward rolling on Vittoria Corsa Graphen 2.0 tubeless tires.
DE PESTEL Sander
VAN POUCKE Aaron
VAN ROOY Kenneth