American Neilson Powless slots into second: brave ride on Roubaix stage sees him move up 23 GC spaces

25-year-old Californian makes the most of manic stage, misses out on the yellow jersey by just 13 seconds

Neilson Powless
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It was a manic day at the Tour de France today for a Roubaix stage that will surely be remembered. 

With narrow roads, tight and loose corners, nervous riders and 11 cobbled sectors, Stage 5 was a stress- and carnage-filled day for the peloton. And one that would see a shakeup in the General Classification.

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.