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78th Paris-Roubaix 1980 (France)


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian



Moser’s Incredible Pace

Race director Albert Bouvet was forced to change the race route.  Several long-time cobbled sections were abandoned for the 1980 Pars-Roubaix.  The changes gave increased importance to the five-star cobbled section in the Arenberg Forest. 

This year’s edition of the “Hell of the North” presented another classic Moser-De Vlaeminck battle.  A 164 starter left Compiegne under beautifully sunny weather.  The race came to life near Valenciennes when German Dieter Thurau launched a decisive attack.  Quickly an elite group including Francesco Moser and Roger De Vlaeminck formed and joined Thurau. 

The aggressive breakaway worked well and opened a large lead when disaster struck De Vlaeminck.  An untimely puncture caused concern for the Gypsy with 24 kms to go.  During his chase to rejoin the leaders De Vlaeminck took great risks and crashed heavily.  Injured De Vlaemink was forced to abandon Paris-Roubaix for the first time in his career. 

An inspired Moser set an incredible pace.  One by one his breakaway companions crumbled under the pressure.  Moser entered the velodrome alone and claimed his third straight Paris-Roubaix victory.

P-R April 13, 1980
264 Km, Compiegne to Roubaix (Velodrome)

1. Francesco MOSER (Ita) 6h07'28"

2. Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle (Fra) +1'48"
3. Dietrich Thurau (Ger) +3'30"
Starters: 164
Finishers: 31
Average Speed: 43.105 km/h


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