Paris-Roubaix Winners and Records (2023)

Paris–Roubaix (The Hell of the North) is a one-day race in northern France, starting north of Paris and finishing in Roubaix, near the border with Belgium. Learn more about the interesting records and stats of this cycling Monument.

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Paris–Roubaix was first held in 1896 and has been held annually except for 1915 to 1918 (World War 1), 1940 to 1942 (World War 2), and 2020 (COVID-19).

It’s one of the oldest bicycle races in the world. It is one of the five Monuments of the professional cycling calendar, along with the Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, and Giro di Lombardia. It’s France’s second most popular bike race, after the Tour de France.

The Paris-Roubaix is considered the most difficult one-day race in professional cycling. The reason it’s nicknamed Hell of the North because the cobblestone sectors (pavé) are notoriously rough and harsh on the bikes and riders.

The race is held in the north of France in early April, which is often cold and wet. This weather makes the cobbled roads even more difficult to ride on. It covers a distance of almost 257km (160mi), which makes it one of the longest one-day races on the professional cycling calendar.

Past Paris-Roubaix winners

Mathieu van der Poel wins Paris-Roubaix 2023
Paris-Roubaix 2023 Winner, Mathieu van der Poel

The 2023 Paris-Roubaix winner is Mathieu van der Poel of Team Alpecin-Deceuninck. Two riders have won Paris-Roubaix four times, and seven have won it three times.

Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle was the last French rider to win this French race in 1992 and 1993. In 1949, André Mahé & Serse Coppi both shared the win.

4 wins

  • Roger De Vlaeminck (1972, 1974, 1975, 1977)
  • Tom Boonen (2005, 2008, 2009, 2012)

3 wins

  • Octave Lapize (1909, 1910, 1911)
  • Gaston Rebry (1931, 1934, 1935)
  • Rik Van Looy (1961, 1962, 1965)
  • Eddy Merckx (1968, 1970, 1973)
  • Francesco Moser (1978, 1979, 1980)
  • Johan Museeuw (1996, 2000, 2002)
  • Fabian Cancellara (2006, 2010, 2013)

The table below lists all the past Paris-Roubaix winners and their winning times.

Paris-Roubaix winners, 1986 to present

Fastest Paris-Roubaix average speed

The fastest Paris-Roubaix was in 2023, won by Mathieu van der Poel with an average speed of 46.84 km/h (29.11 mph).

YearWinnerWinning timeDistanceAvg. speed
2023Mathieu van der Poel5hr 28′ 41″256.6 km (159.4 mi)46.84 km/h (29.11 mph)
2022Dylan Van Baarle5hr 37′257.2 km (159.8 mi)45.792 km/h (28.45 mph)
2017Greg van Avermaet5hr 41′ 7″257.0 km (159.7 mi)45.204 km/h (28.09 mph)
1964Peter Post5hr 52′ 19″265.0 km (164.7 mi)45.129 km/h (28.04 mph)
2013Fabian Cancellara5hr 45′ 33″254.5 km (158.1 mi)44.19 km/h (27.46 mph)
1948Rik van Steenbergen5hr 35′ 31″246 km (153 mi)43.992 km/h (27.33 mph)
2016Mathew Hayman5hr 51′ 53″257.5 km (160.0 mi)43.907 km/h (27.28 mph)
2018Peter Sagan5hr 54′ 6″257.0 km (159.7 mi)43.547 km/h (27.06 mph)
1960Pino Cerami6hr 1′ 45″262.5 km (163.1 mi)43.538 km/h (27.05 mph)
2012Tom Boonen5hr 55′ 22″257.5 km (160.0 mi)43.476 km/h (26.97 mph)
2015John Degenkolb5h 49′ 51″253.5 km (157.5 mi)43.48 km/h (27.02 mph)
2008Tom Boonen5h 58′ 42″259.5 km (161.2 mi)43.41 km/h (26.97 mph)
Fastest Paris-Roubaix average speed

Biggest winning margin in Paris-Roubaix

The biggest winning margin was by Maurice Garin, who won in 1898 with 28 minutes over Auguste Stéphane. This is followed Lucien Lesna (1901, 26 minutes) and Josef Fischer (1896, 25 minutes)

Since 2000, the biggest winning margin was in 2002 when Johan Museeuw won with a 3′ 4″ gap to Steffen Wesemann.

The table below shows the 10 biggest winning margins in Paris-Roubaix.

YearWinnerWinning timeWinning marginSecond place
1898Maurice Garin8hr 13′ 15″28′Auguste Stéphane
1901Lucien Lesna10hr 49′ 36″26′Ambroise Garin
1896Josef Fischer9hr 17′25′Charles Meyer
1899Albert Champion8hr 22′ 52″23′ 21″Paul Bor
1900Emile Bouhours7hr 10′ 30″18′Josef Fischer
1905Louis Trousselier8hr 4′ 15″7′René Pottier
1922Albert Dejonghe7hr 47′6′Jean Rossius
1970Eddy Merckx6hr 23′ 15″5′ 21″Roger de Vlaeminck
1998Franco Ballerini6hr 55′ 16″4′ 16″Andrea Tafi
1966Felice Gimondi6hr 59′ 26″4′ 8″Jan Janssen
2002Johan Museeuw6hr 39′ 8″3′ 4″Steffen Wesemann
Biggest winning margin of Paris-Roubaix

Slowest Paris-Roubaix average speed

The slowest Paris-Roubaix was in 1924, won by Jules Van Hevel with an average speed of only 25.55km/h (15.88mph).

YearWinnerWinning timeAvg. speed (km/h)
1919Henri Pélissier12hr 15′22.857
1924Jules Van Hevel10hr 34′25.55
1908Cyrille Van Hauwaert10hr 34′ 25″25.63
1901Lucien Lesna10hr 49′ 36″25.862
1920Paul Deman10hr 47′ 20″25.95
1906Henri Cornet9hr 59′ 30″27.034
1925Félix Sellier9hr 16′ 32″28.03
1902Lucien Lesna9hr 32′28.088
1897Maurice Garin9hr 57′ 21″28.124
1921Henri Pélissier9hr 2′ 30″29.09
Slowest Paris-Roubaix average speed

Paris-Roubaix route

2023 Paris-Roubaix Route
2023 Paris-Roubaix Route Profile

The distance of Paris-Roubaix in 2023 was 256.6km (159.4mi). Since its inception, the race distance has ranged from 244km (151.6mi) to 280km (173.9mi) long.

The race starts in Compiègne, located around 80km north of Paris. The riders then head northeast towards the town of Roubaix, located on the border with Belgium. The race finishes at the Roubaix Velodrome, a stadium for bicycle racing.

Before 1977, the race started in various locations around Paris.

  • 1896 to 1897 Porte Maillot, Paris
  • 1898 to 1899 – Chatou
  • 1900 – Saint-Germain
  • 1901 – Porte Maillot, Paris
  • 1902 to 1913 – Chatou
  • 1914 – Suresnes
  • 1919 to 1928 – Suresnes
  • 1929 to 1937 – Porte Maillot, Paris
  • 1938 – Argenteuil
  • 1939 – Porte Maillot, Paris
  • 1943 to 1965 – Saint-Denis
  • 1966 to 1976 – Chantilly
  • 1977 to present – Compiègne

Before 1989, the race finished in various locations around Roubaix.

  • 1896 to 1914 – Rue Vert, Croix
  • 1919 – Avenue de Jussieu
  • 1920 to 1921 -Stadium Jean Dubrulle,
  • 1922 to 1928 – Avenue des Villas
  • 1929 – Stade Amédée Prouvost
  • 1930 to 1934 – avenue des Villas
  • 1935 to 1936 – Flandres horse track
  • 1937 to 1939 – Avenue Gustave Delory
  • 1943 to 1985 – Roubaix Velodrome
  • 1986 to 1988 – Aavenue des Nations-Unies
  • 1989 to present – Roubaix Velodrome

Paris-Roubaix cobblestone sectors

Trouée d'Arenberg in Paris-Roubaix
Trouée d’Arenberg in Paris-Roubaix

In 2023, there are 29 cobbled sectors with a total distance of 54.5km (33.8 mi). Each cobblestone sector is rated from 1-star (easiest) to 5-star (most difficult). The first cobblestone sector is 96km (59.6 mi) from the start.

There are three 5-star cobblestone sectors; Trouée d’Arenberg, Mons-en-Pevele, and Carrefour de I’Arbre.

  • Trouée d’Arenberg, also known as the Arenberg Forest, is the first real challenge in the race after 162km (101 mi). This 2.4km (1.5 mi) stretch of cobbles was first used in 1968 and has been used in every race edition since then. It’s considered the most crucial sector of cobbles and usually significantly impacts the race’s outcome.
  • Mons-en-Pevele is a 3km (1.9 mi) cobblestone sector located at 209km (130 mi). It was first used in 1903 and has been used in almost every race edition since then.
  • Carrefour de I’Arbre is located in the last 16km (10mi) of the race. It was first used in 1980 and has been used in every race edition since then. This 2.1km (1.2 mi) cobbles sector is considered one of the hardest in the race due to its location near the end when riders are already tired.
  • Quievy a Saint-Python and Hornaing to Wandignies, both 4-star sectors, are the longest at 3.7km (2.3 mi) long.

The table below lists all the cobblestone sectors with their rating.

Sector #Sector nameKm. to goLength (m)Rating
29Troisvilles to Inchy160.32,2003
28Viesly to Quiévy153.81,8003
27Quiévy to Saint-Python151.23,7004
25Vertain to Saint-Martin-sur-Écaillon139.42,3003
24Verchain-Maugré to Quérénaing129.41,6003
23Quérénaing to Maing126.72,5003
22Maing to Monchaux-sur-Ecaillon123.61,6003
21Haspres to Thiant1171,7003
20Haveluy to Wallers103.52,5004
19Trouée d’Arenberg95.32,3005
18Wallers to Hélesmes89.21,6003
17Hornaing to Wandignies82.53,7004
16Warlaing to Brillon752,4003
15Tilloy to Sars-et-Rosières71.52,4004
14Beuvry-la-Forêt to Orchies65.21,4003
12Auchy-lez-Orchies to Bersée542,7004
10Mérignies to Avelin42.67002
9Pont-Thibault to Ennevelin39.21,4003
8Templeuve – L’Epinette33.82001
8Templeuve – Moulin-de-Vertain33.35002
7Cysoing to Bourghelles26.81,3003
6Bourghelles to Wannehain24.31,1003
4Carrefour de l’Arbre17.12,1005
2Willems to Hem8.21,4003
1Roubaix – Espace Charles Crupelandt1.43001
2023 Paris-Roubaix cobblestone sectors
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Alex Lee is the founder and editor-at-large of Mr. Mamil. Coming from a professional engineering background, he breaks down technical cycling nuances into an easy-to-understand and digestible format here.

He has been riding road bikes actively for the past 12 years and started racing competitively in the senior category during the summer recently.