Mathieu van der Poel hopes for 'bonus' win at 'Russian roulette' of Paris-Roubaix

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Mathieu van der Poel
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A second victory at Paris-Roubaix would just be a "bonus", according to pre-race favourite Mathieu van der Poel, who said the race is like "Russian roulette".

The Dutchman will return to Paris-Roubaix on Sunday as the hot tip for victory, a week after he won the Tour of Flanders for a third time, and in the absence of his big rival, Wout van Aert (Visma-Lease a Bike).

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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.