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81st Paris-Roubaix 1983 (France)

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

A Determined Kuiper Would NOT be Denied

The Arenberg Forest returned to the 1983 Paris-Roubaix.  The “Five Star” (toughest category) cobbled section provided the launching pad for three time P-R champion Francesco Moser.

Moser’s attack formed a nine rider breakaway.  After a series of crashes slowed Hennie Kupier and eliminated Stephen Roche, Paul Sherwen, and Marc Madiot. At the front Moser and Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle were alone. 

A re-grouping of five riders formed the winning breakaway with Hennie Kupier prominently place in the group.  Kuiper fearing Moser’s sprint attacked 16 kms from Roubaix.  Moser and Duclos-Lassalle marked each other closely and allowed Kuiper to open a large gap.

Disaster struck with 6 kms to go when Kuiper hit a pothole on the wet cobbles at Hem.  The Dutchman crashed and broke a wheel.  When his team car was delayed Kuiper began to panic.  The team support nervously fumbled with the wheel change and Kuiper grabbed a spare bike and continued. By the time he remounted his lead had fallen to a minute and a half. 

A determined Hennie Kuiper would not be caught.  He entered the velodrome alone and crossed the finish line for a 1’15” victory.

SPECIAL NOTE: Kupier’s late crash became a legendary P-R tale.  The residents of Hem honored Kupier with a monument at the end of the cobbles at Hem to commemorate his 1983 Paris-Roubaix victory.

P-R April 10, 1983
274 Km, Compiegne to Roubaix (Velodrome)

1. Hennie KUIPER (Ned) 6h47'51"

2. Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle (Fra) +1'15"
3. Francesco Moser (Ita)
Starters: 193
Finishers: 32
Average Speed: 40.308 km/h

 

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