Paris-Roubaix Arenberg chicane aims to avoid 'death trap' but is labelled 'a joke' by Mathieu van der Poel

Race organiser ASO introduces a chicane to entrance of five-star cobbled sector after a request from the riders union, the CPA

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Paris-Roubaix will feature a sharp chicane into the Trouée d'Arenberg in order to avoid a "death trap" run-in, according to the president of the rider's union, the CPA.

However, while the safety measure for the five-star sector, which often features crashes, has been welcomed by many, defending champion Mathieu van der Poel labelled it "a joke".

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Tom joined Cycling Weekly in early 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

He has reported from some of professional cycling's biggest races and events including the Tour de France and the recent Glasgow World Championships. He has also covered races elsewhere across the world and interviewed some of the sport's top riders. 

When not writing news scoops from the WorldTour, or covering stories from elsewhere in the domestic professional scene, he reports on goings on at bike shops up and down the UK, where he is based when not out on the road at races. He has also appeared on the Radio Cycling podcast.