Since its first edition in 1896, Paris-Roubaix has grown to become one of the most iconic races on the cycling calendar. Known as 'The Queen of the Classics', or 'The Hell of the North, the French race with its sectors of pavé appears an anachronism in the highly professionalised 21st century world of cycling.
It is a race for those who can handle the rough pavé and 250km plus length but often it is not the strongest rider who wins the race. Paris-Roubaix often sees completely different bikes for the riders compared to the rest of the year with Bianchi even supplying a 'dual suspension' road bike in the 1990s.
Belgians Roger De Vlaeminck and Tom Boonen hold the record for the most wins on four apiece, though seven riders have three wins to their name and 11 have two. Experience counts on the pavé and once riders have a feel for the race, numerous riders have gone on to dominate across 117 previous editions.
Greg Van Avermaet, Peter Sagan and Philippe Gilbert are the last three winners of the race.
With what would've been the 2020 edition of the race coming up later this week, Cyclingnews has put together a gallery from the 'The Hell of the North' from the late 1980s to 2019.
Swipe or click through the gallery above for some of the best photos from recent editions of Paris-Roubaix.
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