Roubaix

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Roubaix (French pronunciation: [ʁu.bɛ]; Dutch Robaais, sometimes also called Robeke, although Robaais is the only correct translation according to the Dutch Language Union) is a commune in the Nord department in northern France. It is located between the cities of Lille and Tourcoing. The Gare de Roubaix railway station offers connections to Lille, Tourcoing, Antwerp, Ostend and Paris. Notable is La Piscine art gallery, which, as the name implies, is located in the old municipal swimming pool. Discobolos (international artist Wim Delvoye's) is the first work of modern art, ordered by the inhabitants, with the Comité de quartier de l'Hommelet, an association of citizens. On 16 May 1967, Roubaix was the venue of the final live performance in the career of singer Jacques Brel. Roubaix is the finish of the Paris–Roubaix cycling classic, one of the most prestigious events on the cycling calendar. The 259.5 km race from Compiègne to Roubaix over includes almost 50 km of cobbles. One of the longest distance walking races in the world also takes place each year in Roubaix. Since 1953 the televised 'Roubaix 28 hours' regularly sees elite endurance athletes from dozens of countries aiming to

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