Paris-Roubaix is called the “Queen of the Classics” for a reason. The 54.5 kilometres of rough cobble sections make it one of the most demanding race days of the year. It is one of the biggest challenges for riders, staff, and material and if all goes to plan – then legends are born.
It is the day of the year when innovations of all kinds are tested to the limit and every detail counts. Special handlebars, seat posts or the science behind finding the right tire pressure for the day are topics all teams are concerned with for the whole year in preparation for this special day. While the riders are pushing their materials and themselves to the limit, it is also a test for the vehicles around the race. The support cars need to follow the riders as closely as possible in case of mechanical or crash, on surfaces that are not comfortable for a standardized car to drive on at race speed.
It is not only the sports directors and mechanics that follow the race in our Volvo V60 Cross Country in convoy, but also the soigneurs who jump from point to point to supply the riders with extra bottles and spare wheels if needed. “Our Volvo cars are the perfect cars for the cobbled classics” explains Team DSM Warehouse Manager Yannick Runhart, “Since it is already a cross-country of the V60 model, it offers longer suspension travel and more ground clearance. So, we don’t have to worry about the bumpy roads in Belgium or northern France. We can also choose some extra off-road settings, to still have a safe and comfortable ride in the car for the people inside.”