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1983 Paris - Roubaix

81st edition: Sunday, April 10, 1983

Paris-Roubaix podium history | 1984 edition | 1982 edition

274 km. 40.308 km/hr average speed.
193 starters, 32 classified finishers

Hennie Kuiper

Winner Hennie Kuiper is being chased as he navigates the cobbles in the 1983 Paris-Roubaix.

Hennie Kuiper

Kuiper's bad luck doesn't seem to end. He flats while on a solo break.

Hennie Kuiper

But Kuiper stays away to win the 1984 Paris Roubaix.

The Race: Francesco Moser, who had already won Paris-Roubaix three times, dropped the hammer on the Trouée d'Arenberg cobbles. That huge effort reduced the lead group to just five riders.

Hennie Kuiper, who had already suffered two crashes, nevertheless managed to stay with the leaders. Kuiper knew he could not beat the others in a sprint, especially Francesco Moser. So Kuiper did what he did best, he took off on a solo break. Initially, no one chased and with sixteen kilometers to go he had a lead of a minute and a half.

Kuiper wasn't done having bad luck. While on his break (with some of the world's best riders chasing), he flatted. He was given a new bike and held off his chasers to win Paris-Roubaix on his eleventh attempt.

Voilà un homme!

Complete Results:

  1. Hennie Kuiper (Jacky Aernoudt) 6hr 47min 51sec
  2. Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle (Peugeot) @ 1min 15sec
  3. Francesco Moser (Gis Gelati) s.t.
  4. Ronan De Meyer (Boule d'Or) s.t.
  5. Marc Madiot (Renault-Elf) s.t.
  6. Adrie Van der Poel (Jacky Aernoudt) @ 5min 59sec
  7. Patrick Versluys (Euro Shop-Splendor) s.t.
  8. Frank Hoste (Europdecor) @ 7min 40sec
  9. Eddy Planckaert (Euro Shop-Splendor) s.t.
  10. Alain Bondue (La Redoute) @ 8min 40sec
  11. Daniel Willems (Boule d'Or) s.t.
  12. Roger de Cnijf (Boule d'Or) s.t.
  13. Francis de Ridder (Fangio-Tonissteiner) @ 10min 52sec
  14. Jan Wijnants (Boule d'Or) @ 12min 27sec
  15. Paul Sherwen (La Redoute) @ 13min 2sec
  16. Luc Colijn (Fangio-Tonissteiner) s.t.
  17. Eric Vanderaerden (Jacky Aernoudt) @ 14min 4sec
  18. Jozef Lieckens (Safir) s.t.
  19. Ludwig Wijnants (Boule d'Or) s.t.
  20. Stephen Roche (Peugeot) @ 16min 25sec
  21. Dominique Garde (Peugeot) s.t.
  22. Henri Manders (Jacky Aernoudt) @ 18min 31sec
  23. Marc Gomez (Wolber-Spidel) @ 18min 46sec
  24. Erich Maechler (Cilo-Aufina) s.t.
  25. Pierino Gavazzi (Atala-Campagnolo) s.t.
  26. Jan Van Houwelingen (Boule d'Or) @ 23min 41sec
  27. Acacio Da Silva (Eurotex) s.t.
  28. Dirk De Wolf (Boule d'Or) @ 26min 53sec
  29. Jan Bogaert (Europdecor) @ 29min 29sec
  30. Guy Gallopin (La Redoute) @ 35min 54sec
  31. Dominique Naessens (Fangio-Tonissteiner) s.t.
  32. Martial Gayant (Renault-Elf) @ 40min 21sec