‘It’s a completely different beast’ - Tom Pidcock happy with top 20 finish after ‘epic’ Paris-Roubaix debut

British rider was unable to grip his handlebars properly in the finale as the last cobbled sectors arrived

Tom Pidcock
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Tom Pidcock finished Paris-Roubaix with his head held high after finishing in the top 20 on debut. 

The Ineos Grenadiers rider has won both the junior and under 23 editions of the race before, but explained that the elite version, won by Mathieu van der Poel for a second time, was simply on another level. 

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Tom Thewlis

Tom has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

Since joining the team, he has reported from some of professional cycling's biggest races and events including the Tour de France and the World Championships in Glasgow. He has also covered races elsewhere across the world. 

As well as on the ground reporting, Tom writes race reports from the men's and women's WorldTour and helps with coverage of UK domestic cycling.