Lidl by Lidl: Mads Pedersen delivers 'incredible' first victory for Lidl-Trek at Tour de France

The Danish rider showed he can compete with the fastest in the world by outsprinting Jasper Philipsen on Saturday

Mads Pedersen waving on the Tour de France podium
(Image credit: Getty)

On Saturday morning, Mads Pedersen had time before the start of stage eight of the Tour de France to play basketball with the Dutch YouTubers Tour de Tietema in Libourne. While the likes of Wout van Aert or Mathieu van der Poel prepared on their buses, the Dane was saying "f*** it, we go big", and netting three pointers.

On Saturday evening, Pedersen was basking in the glory of his second Tour stage win, after he beat the race's fastest man - Jasper Philipsen - to victory in Limoges. The Lidl-Trek rider has now won at least one stage at every Grand Tour he has raced since last year's Tour, six in total, confirming his status as one of the nailed-on winners of the sport.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.