From broken back to Paris-Roubaix podium: Bob Donaldson is making a statement

Second at Paris-Roubaix Espoirs, just a year after his career was almost cut short, the young Brit is ready to turn pro

Bob Donaldson at Paris-Roubaix under-23 2024
(Image credit: Instagram: @media.roses)

This time last year, Bob Donaldson was only just able to ride outdoors again after a crash that could have ended his budding career. 

It all happened in a flash. Descending a hill near his home on the outskirts of Manchester, the then 20-year-old was struck by a car driver, who swerved across the road in front of him towards their driveway. It took place "in plain sight," Donaldson tells Cycling Weekly, and before he could reach for his brakes, he was lying on the floor. 

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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.