The Paris-Roubaix is a one-day race which starts in Paris and ends in Roubaix, border with Belgium. It is the third of cycling’s Monuments after the Milan-San Remo and the Tour of Flanders. As one of cycling’s oldest races, the Paris-Roubaix is known for its rough terrain and cobblestones. Since 1977, the winner of the Paris Roubaix has received a cobble stone or a sett part of his prize.
Last year, Peter Sagan became the first world champion since Bernard Hinault in 1981 to win the Paris-Roubaix. Swiss Silvan Dillier finished second while Quick-Step Floors’ Niki Terpstra completed the podium finishers. This year, a strong cast in once again set to race in the third monument. Sagan is the odds-on-favorite but he’s got his hands full with really stiff competition.
Let’s take a look at the top favorites to finish first in Roubaix:
Three-time world champion Peter Sagan is the favorite to win the Paris Roubaix 2019. The Slovak won this race last year after attacking from the peloton 54 kms from the finish. With the win, Sagan became the first cyclist to win the Paris Roubaix while wearing the rainbow jersey.
Sagan won Stage 3 of the Tour Down Under and then raced at the Vuelta a San Juan to prepare for the Milan-San Remo which has been elusive to him. Sagan finished 4th in the 2019 Milan-San Remo behind Julian Alaphilippe, Oliver Naesen and Michal Kwiatkowski. Aside from that, the only other feather in the cap for Sagan in 2019 has been the 1st place finish in Stage 3 of the Tour Down Under.
— Peter Sagan (@petosagan) March 16, 2019
Niki Terpstra finished 56th in the Milan-San Remo but has two third place finishes this year at the Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne and Le Samyn. Terpstra has been known more as a wing man but last year, he finished in the Top 3 in the two monuments he rode, winning the 2018 Tour of Flanders and going third in the Paris-Roubaix 2018. In 2017, a failed pre-production part and miscommunication led to the Dutchman crashing out of the Paris-Roubaix 2017. But five years ago, Terpstra bested John Degenkolb and Fabian Cancellara to win the Paris-Roubaix 2014.
Like Niki Terpstra, Greg Van Avermaet didn’t have a good run at the recent Milan-San Remo, finishing 42nd overall. But the Milan-San Remo was never his cup of tea, finishing in the Top 10 just twice in 12 tries. However, the Paris-Roubaix is another story for the 33-year old Belgian as he has finished in the Top 4 in four out of his last five appearances, including a victory in 2017. Van Avermaet’s 2019 resume includes winning the 3rd stage of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, placing 2nd at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and a 6th place finish at the Strade Bianche.
John Degenkolb won both the Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix in 2015. The 30-year old German was a disappointing sight at the recently concluded Milan-San Remo 2019 as he was seen jumping up and down in anger after his bike suffered a mechanical problem on the descent of the Poggio. He would finish a sorry 84th. In 2019, Degenkolb’s feats include an 8th place finish at the Trofeo Palma and a victory in Stage 4 of the Tour de la Provence.
Czech Cyclist Zdenek Stybar is coming off a 1st place finish at the 2019 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, 4th place finish at the 2019 Strade Bianche and 6th spot in the 2019 Volta ao Algarve. The 33-year old from UCI World Tour Team Quick Step has raced in a total of six Paris-Roubaix and has five Top 10 finishes including 2nd place in 2015 and 2017.
Here are the odds from bet365 to win the Paris Roubaix 2019:
|Greg Van Avermaet||+800|
|Wout Van Aert||+2000|
I like Greg Van Avermaet at +800 in this race not only because he is a former winner (2017) but because he has been the most consistent cyclist in this race during the past five years with four Top 4 finishes. So yeah, I’m picking Greg Van Avermaet to win the Paris Roubaix 2019.