John Degenkolb (TGA) doubly made history when he became the first German since Josef Fischer in1896 to win the Queen of Classics and the first man since Sean Kelly in 1986 to achieve the Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix double in the same year. A frustrated second in 2014, the Giant Alpecin team leader made the right move at the right time to finally outsprint the magnificent seven left in contention on the Roubaix velodrome and snatch his third major classic after Paris-Tours in 2013 and...
The race in pictures
Paris Roubaix 2015 - 12/04/2015 - Compiègne - Roubaix - 253,5 km - France - John DEGENKOLB rejoint rejoint Greg VAN AVERMAET et Yves LAMPAERT à 6 kilomètres du vélodrome. © PresseSports/B.Papon
Compiègne - Clairoix
Compiègne: sporting, modern and historical
With more than 11,000 licence holders, Compiègne has established itself as a sporting city. Modern specialised facilities and the forest which completely surrounds the city encourages its inhabitants to play all kinds of sport.
The start of the "Queen of the Classics" is eagerly awaited like the arrival of spring. This year Paris-Roubaix's exhibition, organised by the Office des sports de l'Agglomération de la Région de Compiègne, will be located even nearer the riders, on Place du Général de Gaulle. Cycling enthusiasts will undoubtedly find the rare item there to complete their collection.
On Saturday afternoon, the presentation of the riders will allow all the fans to see their champions up close, while the village will bring fans of all kinds of cycling together.
The nocturnal race on Saturday evening will take place in the city centre and a spirit of competition will already be in the air.
A dynamic technology park
The Université Technologique de Compiègne and the technological cluster have promoted Compiègne both nationally and internationally, making it economically attractive. The teaching and research hub is open to the economic world and carries out many studies. An innovation centre which allows prototypes to be developed was inaugurated in 2014 and soon the opening of a technological hall, the Biogicenter, will strengthen the link between research and industry.
The Urban Area of the Region of Compiègene also supports the P.I.V.E.R.T., an institute of excellence in phytochemistry the leader in this field, which opens up new possibilities for post-oil chemistry.
Its monuments bear witness to the city's rich past: Saint-Corneille Abbey, Saint-Jacques and Saint-Antoine Churches, the King's Great Stables and the Late Gothic town hall. Since the time of the Merovigians, the city has been a royal seat. Louis XV, Napoléon and Napoléon III in particular were involved in the construction of the current château. It was in the clearing of the same name that the Armistice, which brought the Great War to an end, was signed in 1918.
Roubaix, the capital of cycling
For over a century, news of Paris-Roubaix has occupied the world's airwaves, carrying with it the image of the riders' effort, determination and courage. Because the Hell of the North can lead to Heaven, today Roubaix offers a great deal more than just being the finish town for those who wish to discover it.
At the turn of the 20th century, Roubaix was the world's textile capital. After the industrial crisis of the 1970s and 80s, it rebuilt its economic success around both new industries and those reflecting the rich history of the town: fashion, e-commerce, business and tourism, as well as media and innovative textiles through the Centre Européen des Textiles Innovants (CETI).
A town of art and history
With around 43,000 jobs, plus 10,000 students and a new campus to open soon near the station, Roubaix has also developed a rich and innovative cultural fabric. La Piscine Museum, the Condition Publique Cultural Centre, the Colisée Concert Hall, the Conservatory, the Oiseau-Mouche Company, the Olivier Dubois Choreographic Centre, La Braderie de l'Art, La Nuit des Arts, the Maison des Modes and the Accordeon Festival represent the many very popular venues or events located in Roubaix. Recognised as a town of art and history, Roubaix's stunningly rich architectural heritage sets it apart and it also boasts one of the most superb urban parks north of Paris, the Parc Barbieux.
The people of Roubaix are known for their dynamism and strong feelings of solidarity. A real “global village” with a particularly young and colourful population and hundreds of organisations, Roubaix plays host to many large-scale events and major festivities which bring its neighbourhoods to life, such as the legendary Paris-Roubaix cycling race.
Almost 90 sports clubs in Roubaix
For many years, the town has been involved in developing a wide range of sporting disciplines, in particular cycling and “Sport for Everyone”. The people of Roubaix can find the sport or activity which best suits their age and ability. This is largely down to a wide range of activities proposed by a dynamic voluntary sector (the town has almost 90 sports clubs) and the construction of high-quality public facilities, particularly through the “Sport Pass” (around thirty sports are available, representing approximately 2,400 hours of activity per year). In the sports field, the variety and quality of the town's facilities bear witness to this success and allow it to regularly plays host to very high level competitions in a number of different disciplines (cycling, fencing, wrestling and “futsal”, (an indoor version of football), etc.) In addition to its sports complexes and grounds the town prides itself on its two regional velodromes: the historic velodrome and the covered velodrome “the Stab”, which further establish Roubaix's foothold as the regional cycling capital.
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