There is nothing like taking a dive into the history of cycling. The riders are famous, they became so in cycling's era. They were the stars. If you believe the pecking order of today is harsh, try being a watercarrier, the slightly patronizing word for domestique, back in those days. Merckx, Hinault, Moser, De Vlaeminck, Maertens. Before them it was Anquetil, Bartali, Coppi and Bobet.
Of course, you need to close your eyes to whatever pharmaceutical ingredient riders used from the early days and till now.
Here are some movies - the classic kind. Of course, it won't be any good if cobbles not involved and that is why Paris-Roubaix ended up here as well. I've picked some small clips, hopefully you will be inspired to check more of the films - They are considered the absolute best cycling have.
Feel free to search the interwebs yourself for the movies if the size is too small. Enjoy.
Notice 60 seconds or so into the movie, when riders go for a refill...
Or this one, also from the Giro:
For those fans of the cobbles, here is a small cut from the movie "A Sunday in hell" where the favourites make sure it is a unexpected win at the 1976 Paris-Roubaix: