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Paris-Roubaix Without the Arenberg Forest?

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According to Het Laatste Nieuws, who heard it from L'Equipe, this horrifying idea is actually being batted around in the halls of ASO, and on December 15 the French race organizer will announce whether 2011 will be a down year for the Queen of the Classics. Paris-Roubaix without the Trench. Hell-lite. Anyway, there are still seven weeks for ASO to pull back from the brink. To ignore the peloton and their collective wishes for less random insanity. To do things right and restore the honor of the most honorable of classics (after de Ronde). Come on, dammit...

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