One of the most feared sections of pavé may make its return to the Paris-Roubaix Classic in 2006 after the regional government, the conseil général du Nord, voted to spend 220,000 Euros on rehabilitation and maintenance of the historic Arenberg Forest road.
The Arenberg was omitted from the 2005 race after organiser ASO decided it had deteriorated to the point where it was simply to dangerous to use. But regional council hopes its grant and maintenance works will allow the section to return to Paris-Roubaix, "as early as 2006".
ASO is optimistic that the works will be completed on time, and Arenberg will be back in the race. "The organizers envision that Paris-Roubaix will return to this legendary traverse as early as 2006 since this rehabilitation will be finished by April 9, the date of the 104th edition of the race."