This page focuses on the men’s edition of the Paris-Roubaix 2023 Riders and Bikes.
On this 120th edition of Paris-Roubaix, the route features one small change: the riders will take the Haspres cobblestones sector, absent from the race since 2004.
On the menu of the 2023 Paris-Roubaix is 256.6 kilometers, including a total of 54.5km of cobblestones.
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The start of the Queen of the Classics will be given this Sunday, April 9, 2023, in Compiègne. The day before, the third edition of the women’s race will be held under the name “Paris-Roubaix Femmes avec Zwift.”
I would love to write more about it, but media content from the women’s teams is still too scarce when it comes to communication compared with the men.
Hopefully, things will improve with time.
As every year, the Paris-Roubaix race will be very tough. The riders will have to cover 256.6 kilometers, including 29 cobbled sectors.
A little novelty this year
Absent for nearly twenty years, the cobbled sector of Haspres, in the Denaisis region, is making a comeback this year. This 1,700-meter-long section is “badly paved”, according to Thierry Gouvenou, the race director.
Haspres sector is a three stars-rated cobbled sector starting at the 139km mark.
The rest of the course remains quite classic.
The peloton will be in the dust from Troisvilles, the entrance to the Hell of the North since 1987.
The first four cobbled sectors to be swallowed up will be those from Troisvilles to Inchy (2,200 m), from Viesly to Quiévy (1,800 m), from Quiévy to Saint-Python (3,700 m), and then from Saint-Python (1,500 m).
The brave riders will not escape the dreaded Arenberg gap and its 2,300 meters of cobblestones, and, of course, Mons-en-Pévèle and the Carrefour de l’Arbre.
Paris-Roubaix 2023 Course
The cobblestones section starts at the 96.3km mark.
From there until Roubaix there are 29 cobblestones sections totaling 54.5km.
Each cobbles section is graded for its toughness. Five stars are the most difficult on the grading scale.
The most difficult cobbled sector are listed below in the order as they come on the course:
Sector 27: Quiévy to Saint-Python, ★★★★, 3,700m. At the 105km mark.
Sector 20: Haveluy to Wallers, ★★★★, 2,500m. At the 153km mark.
Sector 19: Trouée d’Arenberg, ★★★★★, 2,300m (This is the most iconic section). Located at the 161km mark.
Sector 17: Hornaing to Wandignies-Hamage, ★★★★, 3,700m. At the 174km mark.
Sector 15: Tilloy-lez-Marchiennes > Sars-et-Rosières, ★★★★, 2,400m. At the 185km mark.
Sector 12: Auchy-lez-Orchies > Bersée, ★★★★, 2,600m. Starts at the 202km mark.
Sector 11: Mons-en-Pévèle, ★★★★★, 3,000m. At the 208km mark.
Sector 7: Cysoing > Bourghelles, ★★★★, 1,300m. At the 230km mark.
Sector 5: Camphin-en-Pévèle, ★★★★, 1,800m. At the 237km mark.
Sector 4: Carrefour de l’Arbre, ★★★★★, 2,100m. At the 239km mark.
In 2022, it was Dylan van Baarle from Ineos-Grenadiers, who won Paris-Roubaix at a record average speed of 45.792 km/h.
The Dutchman has since joined the Jumbo-Visma team and will not contest the win against Wout Van Aert.
Paris-Roubaix Specific Bikes Setups
Some teams like Bora-Hansgrohe and Soudal use dedicated bike models, and some others use their road race bikes tuned specifically for Paris-Roubaix.
However, all the bikes are equipped with disc brakes. Since the 2022 edition, gone is the era of rim brakes on the Paris-Roubaix.
While disc brakes have incomparable stopping power in all weather, especially rainy ones, the other advantage of disc brakes is they allow to fit wider rims and tires which was not possible with the road rim brake type.
Most seen setups are wider tire sections up to 32.
Either tubular or tubeless tires are pumped in very low pressure (55~100 P.S.I.) depending on the rider’s weight, tire type, and weather conditions.
The tire pressure is higher in dry conditions than in wet.
Most teams use puncture-proof sealants or foam inserts.
But even though, we still see a lot of punctures during the race.
Let’s keep in mind the 2022 Paris-Roubaix was won on tubeless tires.
As the weather is expected to be dry, a lot of dust will cover the riders’ faces, but also their bike transmission.
Most of the teams race with waxed chains on Paris-Roubaix.
Double layers of bar tapes are a classic setup seen on Paris-Roubaix.
Many riders protect themselves by taping all the areas of the body that are in contact with the bike.
Fingers, palms, and butts in some cases are taped to protect the skin from repeated abrasion with their contact points.
However, some riders like Mathieu Van Der Poel race the entire Paris-Roubaix without gloves.
Some riders also adjust their handlebar angle slightly up. Raising the brake hoods for a more relaxed wrist position.
You may also be interested in Mathieu Van Der Poel’s Paris-Roubaix 2023 linked here.
Paris-Roubaix 2023 Riders and Bikes
25 teams are starting the 120th edition of Paris-Roubaix. 18 teams are from the UCI World Tour teams and the seven others are Continental Pro teams.
INEOS Grenadiers (IGD)
The team won the 2022 Paris-Roubaix on the Pinarello Dogma F. The same bike and setup apply for this 2023 edition. Shimano C50 wheels and Continental GP 5000 S TR tubeless tires in size 700x30C. Why change a winning recipe?
It is Peter Sagan’s last Paris-Roubaix as he will retire from the pro road circuit at the end of the 2023 season. Sagan and his team are racing the Paris-Roubaix on Specialized Roubaix. The Roubaix is rolling on Roval’s Rapid wheels and Specialized 32mm Tubeless tires. The chains are waxed and double rolls of Supakaz bar tape cover the handlebars.
BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
VAN GESTEL Dries
Lotto Dstny (LTD)
It is the last Roubaix for some, and it is the first one for others. Arnaud De Lie is discovering the race behind the bars of his Ridley bike. De Lie and his team are racing the Paris-Roubaix on Ridley Noah Fast, the same bike which the team races on sprints and fast rolling hills. The wheels are the DT Swiss fitted with Vittoria Corsa Graphen 2.0 tubeless tires with a section of 30.
The KMC XL12 chains are waxed, and the tires are filled with latex sealant.
VAN MOER Brent
DE LIE Arnaud
BORA – hansgrohe (BOH)
The German team is racing with the same bikes as the teams Total Energies and Soudal – Quick Step. The Specialized Roubaix with Roval wheels and Specialized S-Woks S Tubeless with 32mm section filled with sealant.
Wout Van Aert and his team are racing on the Cervelo Caledonia 5 fitted with Sram Red Etap AXS groupset, Reserve 40 wheels, and Vittoria Corsa Pro tubular tires. The chains are waxed with Split Second wax.
Bingoal WB (BWB)
Team Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB is racing on De Rosa SK Pininfarina bikes rolling on Ursus wheels and Hutchinson tubeless tires in 30mm of section.
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
VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume
DE MAEGHT Dorian
Israel – Premier Tech (IPT)
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team (UXT)
Alexander Kristoff and his Uno-x Teammates are racing Paris-Roubaix Dare bikes. The bikes are equipped with DT Swiss wheels rolling on Schwalbe Pro One tubeless tires filled with Bike7 puncture protection sealant.
RESELL Erik Nordsæter
BLUME LEVY William
AG2R Citroën Team (ACT)
The Ag2r-Citroen team races on the same bikes and specifications as the 2022 Paris-Roubaix. BMC bikes with Campagnolo wheels rolling on 30mm Pirelli P Zero Race 4S tubeless or tubulars filled with anti-puncture sealant and foam inserts.
It is the only team racing the Paris-Roubaix 2023 with a Campagnolo groupset.
Bar tape is the Fizik Tempo Microtex Boncush or Terra Microtx Bondcrush and gel.
VAN AVERMAET Greg
Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team (Q36)
The Swiss Pro continental team races Paris-Roubaix 2023 on Scott Foil RC bikes. The wheels are the Zipp 303 Firecrest fitted with Pirelli P-Zero tubeless tires.
Team Flanders – Baloise (TFB)
The Team Flanders – Baloise is racing on Eddy Merckx road bikes. The wheels are the FastForward rolling on Vittoria Corsa Graphen 2.0 tubeless and Tubular tires. It is the same bike and setup as on the 2022 edition.
Gilles DE WILDE
Lindsay DE VYLDER
DE PESTEL Sander
Mathieu Van Der Poel and his teammates at Alpecin-Deceuninck are racing on the Canyon Aeroad bike. The aero bike is used by the team throughout the road season and the bike setup remains the same as in Paris-Roubaix 2022. The Wheels are Shimano C50 Tubeless fitted with Vittoria Corsa Graphen 2.0 section of 30mm.
I am so impressed by the fact that Mathieu Van Der Poel races the Paris-Roubaix without gloves.
Astana Qazaqstan Team (AST)
The bike setup of the team Astana on the Paris-Roubaix 2023 is the same as the previous year. Wilier Triestina bikes are equipped with the Corima Tubeless-type wheels. The tires are Vittoria Corsa Graphen 2.0 Tubeless, with sections of 28mm and 30mm depending on rider preference and weight. Like on the bikes of the team Jumbo-Visma, the chains are waxed with Split Second wax.
Bahrain – Victorious (TBV)
The bike setup of Team Bahrain Merida-Victorious is the same as on the Paris-Roubaix 2022.
Matej Mohoric and his teammates are racing on the Merida Reacto equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace groupset and Vision 45 SL tubeless wheels. The tires are the Continental GP5000 S TR 32mm section. Riders are using Prologo Energrip gloves.
The team Cofidis is racing on Look 796 RS bikes. The gears are Shimano Dura-Ace with Corima wheels fitted with Michelin Power Competition tubulars.
EF Education-EasyPost (EFE)
The EF Education team is racing Paris-Roubaix on the Cannondale LAB71 SuperSix EVO bikes equipped with Vision wheels and Vittoria Corsa Pro 30mm tubeless tires with Air-Liners.
VAN DEN BERG Marijn
VAN DEN BERG Julius
Groupama – FDJ (GFC)
The team Groupama-FDJ is racing with the same bike setup as the previous Paris-Roubaix edition.
Stefan Kung and his teammates are riding the Lapierre Xelius SL bikes with Shimano Dura-Ace C50 wheels fitted with Continental GP5000 S TR tubeless tires.
LE GAC Olivier
The Intermarché – Circus – Wanty team is racing on the Cube C68x bikes with Newmen wheels and Continental GP5000 S TR Tubeless tires. Their Tire pressure range from 3.0 to 4.0 depending on the riders. Chains wax and tire puncture sealant are from Effeto Mariposa.
DE POOTER Dries
Movistar Team (MOV)
The Movistar team is racing on the Canyon Aeroad. The team bikes are equipped with a Sram Red 12-speed groupset, Zipp 303 wheels, and Continental Continental GP5000 S TR Tubeless tires.
GARCÍA CORTINA Iván
Soudal – Quick Step (SOQ)
Kasper Asgreen and his teammates are riding the Specialized Roubaix with Roval wheels and Specialized S-Woks S Tubeless with a 32mm section filled with sealant.
VAN LERBERGHE Bert
Team Arkéa Samsic (ARK)
Team Jayco AlUla (JAY)
The team Jayco AlUla races on the same bikes as last year, Giant Propel Advanced SL. The bikes are equipped with Cadex wheels and tubeless tires. The chains are lubricated with Walbike Chain Lube.
Team DSM (DSM)
The team DSM races on Scott Foil RC bikes equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace C50 wheels rolling on Vittoria Corsa Graphen 2.0 tubeless tires.
ANDRESEN Tobias Lund
Trek – Segafredo (TFS)
Mads Pederson and his teammates are racing on the Trek Domane bikes. The wheels are the Bontrager Eolus and the tires are Pirelli P Zero Race 4S Tubeless.
Like the Wout Van Aert setup, the Sram Red Etap AXS groupset on the Trek bikes is also set as a 1×12T.
UAE Team Emirates (UAD)
The UAE-Emirates team is racing on the new Colnago V4Rs bike. This year the groupset is the Shimano Dura-Ace. The wheels are the ENVE SES and they are fitted with Continental GP5000 S TR tubeless tires.
Will Tadej Pogacar race the Paris-Roubaix? No, or at least not this year or the next couple of years. Pogacar said in an interview at the time he won the Tour of Flanders that before he participates in Paris-Roubaix with the ambition to win it, he needs to gain some weight. And doing this would jeopardize his Grand Tours ambitions which are his priorities, for now.
LAENGEN Vegard Stake
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