Andrew Fenn was the name on everyone?s lips after he won the junior version of Paris-Roubaix. But the modest 17-year-old from Kent says ?It?s only a race?, and there is more to come this year.
How did you start riding?
My dad used to do mountain biking just for fun, so I started with him when I was about four. I joined the Welwyn Wheelers when we moved near there. I was doing all sorts of sports ? swimming, rugby, football ? but decided to concentrate on cycling when I was 12.
How did you get to be on the Olympic Development Plan?
This is my second year with them. The talent team spotted me and passed my name onto the ODP. You have to fill out an application form and then attend selection camps.
When did you know you would be riding Paris-Roubaix?
It was on an ODP training camp at Newport. We did the Martyn Ashfield junior stage race at the end of March, and we were told afterwards who would be riding and who wouldn?t.
Is this your first attempt at the race?
I rode it last year but didn?t finish. I wasn?t riding very cleverly ? always chasing and trying to close gaps, and riding too far back in the bunch.
What did you do this year that was so different?
The whole team hit the first section of cobbles in the first 20 places, and I always kept near the front. Normally we have team instructions to keep to, but Roubaix is different. We rode our own race and there was no set team plan. A break went early on, but we were pulling them back and they started to split up. I was catching them one by one, and caught the last one just before the velodrome ? well, I was pretty certain he was the last one. I wasn?t totally sure I had won until somebody told me afterwards.
Will you be riding mostly road races this season?
I like to do track as well. It works out well because most of the road races are in the earlier part of the year, then I can swap over to the track later on.
Were you presented with a cobble for winning?
You get half a cobble for the junior race! Hanging around for the presentation, I saw Bernard Hinault, Arnaud Tournant and quite a few of the old pros. I really respect Mark Cavendish and all the British pros, but of the Continental riders I would have to say Fabian Cancellara is my favourite. He is so powerful.
You seem pretty level headed about winning such a big event.
It?s only a race, at the end of the day. There are plenty more things to be done this season.
Geraint Thomas won his weight in chocolate when he won the race in 2004. Have you seen any chocolate yet?
I heard about that, but no, nothing yet.