Having the Paris-Roubaix espoirs race in June rather than in April has an advantage weather wise. However, the rambling over the pavés is just as hard and the U23 riders had to endure 36.5 kilometres of rough cobbles – about a fifth of the 180.5-kilometre race. There were 23 sections, and the young riders were not kidding around, averaging 41.439 km/h.
Dutch rider Coen Vermelfoort of Rabobank Continental took the top spot relegating Italian Giorgio Brambilla to second and Swiss rider Laurent Beuret to third.
New Zealander Clinton Avery ended the day in fifth place.