To the question of which great international classic he would like to win if he had the choice, a racer will always answer, Paris-Roubaix. It is simply the most prestigious race on the calendar and even a great career will be incomplet without a victory at Roubaix.
Andrea Ttaffi, '99 winner:
In this race (Paris Roubaix), the best will always win.
This is the one race that I dream of all year long, and look forward to all year long.Chris Boardman:
It's a circus, and I don't want to be one of the clowns.
Sean Kelly winner in '84 and '86:
A Paris-Roubaix without rain is not a true Paris-Roubaix. Throw in a little snow as well, it's not serious.
Bernard Hinault, after winning in1981:
Paris-Roubaix est une connerie" translating to "Paris-Roubaix is bullshit" or "Paris-Roubaix is damned rubbish.In "Road to Paris", Paul Sherwin:
Paris Roubaix is not a race that you need luck to win, it'a race that you need to not be unclucky.
Sources: cyclingrevealed.com, Daily Peolton, Answers.com, wikipedia, cyclingnews.com.