Cobbled babysitters: The specialists guiding GC contenders over Tour de France pavé

Paris-Roubaix training 2022, Arkéa-Samsic rider
Paris-Roubaix training 2022, Arkéa-Samsic rider (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The cobblestones of Paris-Roubaix make for some of the most exhilarating racing of the entire year, and that's when you've got hardened Classics specialists, powerful and experienced, going at it. Throw those treacherous paving stones into the Tour de France, throw a bunch of yellow jersey hopefuls on top, and the potential for chaos and spectacle goes up another level. 

It's that mixture, of seasoned experts and ducks out of water, that will make stage 5 of this year's Tour one of the most gripping of the whole three weeks. 

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.