‘It’s been nice rubbing shoulders with the big boys’ - Great Britain’s Max Poole shines at Tour of the Alps

20-year-old won the best young rider classification at five day stage race in Austria and north east Italy

Max Poole
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Max Poole says that during his week of racing at the Tour of the Alps, he’s learnt a lot of lessons from testing himself against some of cycling's superstars. 

After leading the competition for a large part of the five day stage race, DSM’s 20-year-old talent from northern England took home the best young rider competition. A well deserved prize after a tough week of racing in Austria and north east Italy.

One year on from his debut for the DSM senior team, Poole told Cycling Weekly that he had picked up a lot from racing against the likes of Tour of the Alps winner Tao Geoghegan Hart.

“I was a bit unsure of how I’d go this week, so it’s really nice to have been rubbing shoulders with the big boys,” he said. “The team’s done a really good job here… it’s definitely nice to be racing with these guys.”

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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.