The start of Paris-Roubaix generates as much expectation as the return of spring. The start of this year's race, which will again be given in Compiègne, will have a special taste. It will mark the 70th anniversary of the triumph of André Mahé, the only rider from the Oise department to win the race so far.
Rather than weaving links to its past as a textile centre, which endowed it with an exceptional heritage, the former world capital of wool is following its own path to become a "capital" in many other areas: fashion, street art, zero waste, the digital economy and - of course - cycling! Welcome to the city that transformed its thousand chimneys and old industrial bastions into fertile ground for creativity, experimentation and innovation.