Paris Roubaix became known as the Hell of the …

Paris Roubaix became known as the Hell of the North (L’Enfer du Nord) after the 1919 race passed through the hellish post-war landscape of Northern France.

In fact, that year’s winner, Henri Pelissier, said it was a pilgrimage, not a race.

Graham Healy’s The Shattered Peloton recounts the War’s impact on the Tour de France and its riders.