'It's real, mate' - When Hayman conquered Boonen at Paris-Roubaix

Mat Hayman wins Paris-Roubaix

After starting out as the brainchild of two Roubaix textile manufacturers who hoped to promote their newly built velodrome, Paris-Roubaix has grown into possibly the most popular one-day race on the current cycling calendar.

Cyclingnews' first encounter with the Hell of the North came in the early months of the site's existence in 1995. As it was in those days, the information was short and to the point, with little more than three paragraphs recounting Franco Ballerini's solo victory.

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