A Journey Through Hell. A few excerpts.
The incomparable book on Paris-Roubaix — A Journey Through Hell — is filled with great archival images of the race and chock full of excellent quotes.
Here are ten to get you worked up into a frenzy — as if you really needed more frenzy with Hell just a day away.
“Paris Roubaix starts like a party and ends like a bad dream” — Guy Lagroce
“A hardship approaching the threshold of cruelty.” — Jacques Goddet
“There’s no safe haven. It’s a full blown war out there. Everyone becomes crazy” — Pello Ruiz Cabestany
“I’m not going to tell you I like this sort of race now that I’ve won one. It has too many pitfalls, too many motorcycles and too much dust” — Bernard Hinault
“You have to be strong with her. I was facing a monument of the bicycle. She wasn’t going to give me any gifts and I wasn’t going to give her any either” — Duclos-Lassalle
“The route is not responsible for your problems. It’s you and you alone. You must think, live, eat and sleep Paris-Roubaix. It must become obsessive” — Marc Madiot
“I’m a true martyr. My kidneys and hands are killing me. I wanted to finish as a matter of pride but it seemed interminable” — Michele Dancelli
“Here, bad luck does not make you lose and good luck does not make you win. The race is never lost until someone has crossed the finish line” — Alain Bondue
“What words, you ask? Beauty, sadness, pain, courage, injustice” — Yves Berger
“Hell is worthy of this place” — Antoine Blondin