1984 Paris–Roubaix

1984 Paris–Roubaix
Race details
Date April 8
Distance 265.5 km (165.0 mi)
Winning time 7h 31' 35"
Winner  Sean Kelly (IRL) (Skil-Sem)
Second  Rudy Rogiers (BEL) (Splendor)
Third  Alain Bondue (FRA) (La Redoute)

The 1984 Paris–Roubaix was undertaken in extremely muddy conditions, reducing the speed of the riders and making the race even harder than usual.

The race was characterised by a great deal of action early on, but the deciding move came with 45 kilometres to go. At this point Sean Kelly went after two La Redoute riders who were out in front, Gregor Braun and Alain Bondue. Rudy Rogiers came up to Kelly and they chased and caught the La Redoute pair. Braun was soon dropped and Bondue then crashed, and despite chasing hard, could not regain contact with the front two. At the finish on the Roubaix velodrome, Rogiers had no chance against the dominant Kelly who easily won the sprint for his first Paris–Roubaix win.

This win came in the middle of an amazing stretch of results for Kelly who later described this period in the first half of 1984 as the best of his career.[1]

Below, the results for the 1984 edition of the Paris–Roubaix cycling classic.


1984: Paris–Roubaix, 265 km.

Cyclist Team Time
1  Sean Kelly (IRE) Skil 7h 31'35"
2  Rudy Rogiers (BEL) Splendor s.t.
3  Alain Bondue (FRA) La Redoute at 0'36
4  Johan van der Velde (NED) Metauro Mobili at 4'33
5  Gregor Braun (GER) La Redoute at 4'33
6  Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke (BEL) La Redoute at 6'16
7  Jacques Hanegraaf (NED) Kwantum at 6'16
8  Patrick Versluys (BEL) at 6'16
9  Hennie Kuiper (NED) Kwantum at 6'16
10  Rudy Matthijs (BEL) at 8'28

Notes and references

  1. "The best of my career". www.velonews.com. 31 October 2005. Retrieved 2008-08-20.
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