First raced in 1896, the third monument of the cycling season, Paris-Roubaix is famous for its rough terrain, specifically cobblestones. “l’Enfer du Nord” – Hell of the North passes through northern France’s former coal-mining region covered with cobbled roads and rutted tracks before the riders finish in the famous outdoor velodrome in Roubaix.
Both Tom Boonen and Roger de Vlaeminck hold the record with 4 wins each and more recently it was only Johan Vansummeren and Fabian Cancellara being victorious other than Boonen.
Tirreno-Adriatico, “the race of the two seas” is an early season stage race held in Italy and widely regarded as a Milan-San Remo preparation. Now a 2.HC race in the UCI World Tour, it traditionally starts from the west coast of Italy – the Tyrrhenian Sea and ends in the east coast, in the seaside resort of Adriatic Coast, San Benedetto del Tronto since the second edition of the race.
With its first edition dating back to 1966, the Belgium cyclist Roger De Vlaeminck holds the record by winning the race 6 times in a row between ’72 and ’77. Most recently Cadel Evans, Vincenzo Nibali, Michele Scarponi and Fabian Cancellara each clinched a title.