'Every time we hit the cobbles, I wanted to cry' - 5 tales from riders who finished last at Paris-Roubaix

Ever wondered what it’s like to be the last one pedalling at Paris-Roubaix? Tom Davidson speaks to those who know

Paris-Roubaix
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This feature originally appeared in Cycling Weekly magazine on 6 April 2023. Subscribe now and never miss an issue.

There’s a certain pride that comes with finishing Paris-Roubaix. For the riders, it’s a badge of honour, unlike any other, that can only be earned on the harsh cobbles of northern France. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 


An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 


He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.