Throughout history, with few exceptions, the second Sunday of April is marked in red on the cycling calendar. It is the day that one of the most demanding and difficult races is held, possibly the toughest: Paris-Roubaix. This year it will be held on April 9, and from the organization they are beginning to leave the route in the best conditions. Of 256 kilometres, 54 will be pavés, and one of the most illustrious sections is the Trouée d’Arenberg (2,300 metres). The grass that usually comes out between the rocks is being removed these days by peculiar ’employees’: goats and sheep.
An ecological pasture, with around forty animals, so that the pavés are ready for the big day. “Because Paris-Roubaix will never be Wimbledon, the goats have been cleaning the holes in the Arenberg for a month,” Thierry Gouvenou, a French ex-cyclist and a key part in designing the routes of the ASO race, which also includes the Tour de France, said on his social networks. The term GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) is frequently used as the best ever. AND goat It means goat in Spanish. In April, other possible GOATs in Roubaix.