Great Britain’s Jonathan Dibben is looking for a podium place at this year’s Junior Paris-Roubaix on April 8. Last year, Dibben placed fourth in the chasing group behind winner Florian Sénéchal of France.
Dibben was named on Wednesday as part of GB’s six-rider, under-18 team for the junior version of the cobbled classic along with Tao Geoghegan Hart, Oliver Wood, Chris Latham, Harry Tanfield and Sam Lowe.
“We travel to Paris-Roubaix looking to try and build on the fourth place Jonathan Dibben achieved last year,” said Olympic Development Programme coach Matt Winston.
“Four of the riders were in the team last year and two riders are first year juniors who will travel to the race for experience. The team are looking to develop and gain experience on the road and the track throughout the season and the Nations Cup races are a valuable place to do this.”
British riders have enjoyed success in previous editions of the race. Geraint Thomas won in 2004 and Andy Fenn won in 2009. In 2010, Daniel McLay placed second with fellow Brits Matthew Bailey and Sam Harrison in sixth and seventh respectively.
The race takes place before the elite men’s event on a shortened version of the Queen of the Classics, taking in around 122km of racing and 16 cobbled sectors. Like the senior event, it finishes in the famous Roubaix velodrome.