- Paris-Roubaix is a one-day road race
- Cyclists race across northern France
- Race is nicknamed the "Hell of the North"
Paris-Roubaix is a bike race like no other. It's a bumpy 257.5 kilometer ride from the north of Paris to Roubaix, near the Belgian border.
The Napoleonic cobblestones that line roughly 56km of the race make for a rocky ride, while the thousands of flag-waving fans who line the route create a carnival atmosphere.
This prestigious one-day road race, first held in 1896, finishes in a 500m outdoor velodrome, ensuring a thrilling finale.
It was a spectacular sprint finish which decided this year's race, with Belgium's Greg Van Avermaet -- who recovered from a crash with 100km remaining -- overtaking Czech Republic's Zdenek Stybar in the final meters.
"I felt very good all day, even though I suffered a lot," Van Avermaet, the Olympic road race champion, told reporters. "With the victory now I don't feel the pain."
Cobble on a plinth
For his pain Van Avermaet also gets to take home one of sport's more unusual trophies -- a block of stone made by French company Slosse Marbrerie
After ditches and roadside verges have been scoured for the most appropriate piece of slab, a mason places the cobble on a plinth.
To find out how the world's best tackle such a daunting event, watch the video at the top of this page.