'If I ever feel like cycling is a job and I can’t go skiing, why would I continue?' Lewis Askey prepares to go pro

Junior Paris-Roubaix and Junior Tour of Wales winner Lewis Askey on stepping up with FDJ

Askey wins Paris Roubaix Junior (Phil Crow)

(Image credit: ©Phil Crow 2018)

For five minutes, Lewis Askey has been recalling, in vivid detail, the final few kilometres of his Junior Paris-Roubaix win from April 2018. He finally pauses for breath, his excitement having caught up with him.

"It was a feeling I will never forget," he reveals. "It was the craziest moment of my life. I turned right into the velodrome and there were huge crowds.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.