'There's blood on my handlebars': Inside one rider's debut at Paris-Roubaix Juniors

Patrick Casey got his chance to ride the Hell of the North after going through the Red Bull Junior Brothers programme

Patrick Casey in a Red Bull helmet
Patrick Casey in a Red Bull helmet
(Image credit: Red Bull)

Three hours before Mathieu van der Poel crossed the line in the Vélodrome André-Pétrieu in Roubaix, a different race was finishing at the same location. These were the stars of the future, as Paris-Roubaix Juniors takes place on the same day as the elite men's race.

Jakob Omrzel, a Slovenian, triumphed in a four-up sprint in the velodrome, suggesting his country has more cycling talent to come, but four minutes behind him finished Ireland's Patrick Casey.

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Adam Becket
News editor

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.