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Pont Gibus

Pont Gibus

Old railway bridge at Wallers

The cobblestone section from Wallers to Hélesmes plays a starring role every year in Paris-Roubaix. But until a hundred years ago, wagons packed with coal thundered above the cobblestone strip.

The two bridge abutments along both sides of the cobblestone strip, the Pont Gibus, are the only thing that still reminds us of the railway. The eight-kilometer-long line connected two major railways in the mining region around Valenciennes: the Ligne de Douai à Blanc-Misseron and the Ligne de Denain à Saint-Amand-les-Eaux.

Coal mines

Along the way, the freight trains passed multiple coal mines, for example, Fosse Bellevue, Fosse Lambrecht and Fosse d'Haveluy. Those coal mines were closed down early in the twentieth century.


The railway bridge itself has disappeared over the years. Only both bridge abutments remained standing and were given a new name: Pont Gibus.

Gibus is the nickname of Gilbert-Duclos Lassalle, a French cyclist who won Paris-Roubaix twice. The cobblestone section and bridge named after him also appeared on the Tour de France route in 2022.

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