At the end of the 19th century France was the hotbed of cycling and Belgian races such as Liege-Bastogne-Liege had trouble drawing riders to it. With the French cycle race scene being so lively two textile magnets successfully opened a velodrome at Roubaix and then decided to mark it even more on the map by proposing a road race from Paris that would finish at the Roubaix Velodrome – GO TO THE FEATURE