'I just wanted to make it a hard final' - Mathieu van der Poel on 'unplanned' Paris-Roubaix winning attack

The world champion launched his race winning move on the Orchie cobbled sector, almost 60 kilometres from the Roubaix velodrome

Mathieu van der Poel
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Mathieu van der Poel was ‘unable to explain’ the decision making behind his breathtaking, long-range attack at Paris-Roubaix on Sunday afternoon. 

After attacking nearly 60 kilometres from the finish on the Orchies cobbled sector, the Dutchman soared to a second successive Roubaix title, completing a stunning afternoon for his Alpecin-Deceuninck team at the Hell of the North

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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.