Paris-Roubaix: The fastest, most consistent, unluckiest riders, and more

ROUBAIX FRANCE APRIL 14 Philippe Gilbert of Belgium and Team DeceuninckQuickStep Peter Sagan of Slovakia and Team BORA hansgrohe Nils Politt of Germany and Team KatushaAlpecin during the 117th ParisRoubaix a 257km race from Compigne to Roubaix ParisRoubaix ParisRoubaix PRBX LEnfer du Nord on April 14 2019 in Roubaix France Photo by Stephane ManteyPoolGetty Images
Eventual 2019 Roubaix winner Philippe Gilbert (right) leads Nils Politt and Peter Sagan in the closing stage of the race (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

What began as a tune-up event for the much longer Bordeaux-Paris morphed into the most epic cycling event in the modern-day sport: Paris-Roubaix. The rough cobbled sectors that pepper northern France have hosted this test of endurance, strength, and the sheer will to just keep going since 1896 – their dirt and mud-caked forms squeezing out the last bit of energy to sprint for the cobblestone trophy in the Roubaix Velodrome.

The early editions were almost completely unpaved, but year after year parts of the course have degraded so much that they've been paved over with tarmac, threatening to change the nature of the mostly flat course.

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Most wins
Header Cell - Column 0 Rider Wins
1Tom Boonen 4
2Roger De Vlaeminck 4
3Johan Museeuw 3
4Rik Van Looy 3
5Eddy Merckx 3
6Fabian Cancellara 3
7Francesco Moser 3
8Sean Kelly 2
9Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle 2
10Franco Ballerini 2
11Marc Madiot 2
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Most finishes
Pos.RiderFinishes
1Mathew Hayman 16
2Servais Knaven 16
3Bernhard Eisel 16
4George Hincapie 15
5Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle 15
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Top 10s without a win
Pos.RiderTop 10s
1Juan Antonio Flecha 8
2George Hincapie 7
3Herman Van Springel 6
4Zdenek Stybar 6
5Raymond Poulidor 6
6Marc Sergeant 6
7Adrie van der Poel 5
8Steffen Wesemann 5
9Sep Vanmarcke 5
10Freddy Maertens 5
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Biggest winning groups
Pos.YearGroup sizeWinner
11958 23Leon Van Daele
21963 11Emile Daems
31967 10Jan Janssen
41997 8Frédéric Guesdon
52015 6John Degenkolb
61961 6Rik Van Looy
71981 6Bernard Hinault
81956 6Louison Bobet
92017 5Greg Van Avermaet
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Solo winners
RiderSolo win years
Roger De Vlaeminck1972, 1974, 1977
Francesco Moser1978, 1979, 1980
Rik Van Looy1960, 1962, 1965
Tom Boonen2009, 2012
Fabian Cancellara2006, 2010
Franco Ballerini1995, 1998
Marc Madiot1985, 1991
Eddy Merckx1970, 1973
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Biggest winning margin
Pos.RiderYearGap
1Eddy Merckx 19700:05:21
2Franco Ballerini 19980:04:16
3Felice Gimondi 19660:04:08
4Johan Museeuw 20020:03:04
5Fausto Coppi 19500:02:45
6Walter Godefroot 19690:02:39
7Eddy Merckx 19730:02:20
8Andrea Tafi 19990:02:14
9Fabian Cancellara 20100:02:00
10Roger De Vlaeminck 19720:01:57
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Oldest winner
Pos.RiderAge
1Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle 38
2Mathew Hayman 37
2Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle 37
2Pino Cerami 37
3Philippe Gilbert 36
3Johan Museeuw 36
4Hennie Kuiper 34
4Johan Museeuw 34
5Franco Ballerini 33
5Peter van Petegem 33
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Youngest winner
Pos.RiderAge
1Eddy Merckx 22
2Felice Gimondi 23
2Germain Derycke 23
3Roger De Vlaeminck 24
3Roger Rosiers 24
3Eddy Merckx 24
3Jean Forestier 24
3Tom Boonen 24
4Marc Demeyer 25
4Eric Vanderaerden 25
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Fastest edition
Pos.Rider YearSpeed (kph)
1Dylan van Baarle202245.792
2Greg Van Avermaet 201745.204475
3Peter Post 196445.129855
4Fabian Cancellara 201344.190421
5Mathew Hayman 201643.906598
6Peter Sagan 201843.547021
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Slowest edition
Pos.RiderYearSpeed (kph)
1Leon Vandaele 195833.300093
1Eddy Planckaert 199034.789585
1Alfred De Bruyne 195734.871167
1Sean Kelly 198435.209448
1Raymond Impanis 195435.590564

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