Van der Poel ‘in a different league’ at Paris-Roubaix, says Mads Pedersen

Former world champion forced to settle for third on the podium behind Van der Poel and Jasper Philipsen

Mads Pedersen
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Mads Pedersen said that despite being on his best level, there was simply no way of beating Mathieu van der Poel at Paris-Roubaix

The Dane was part of the select group that formed prior to Van der Poel launching his Roubaix winning move. But once the world champion took off up the road, Pedersen said there was little he could do to respond. 

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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.