'We raced like juniors from start to finish. It was crazy' - Mathieu van der Poel on his Paris-Roubaix victory

Dutchman reflects on a 'strange' day at Paris-Roubaix, the fastest edition in history

Mathieu van der Poel with his head in his hands at Paris-Roubaix
(Image credit: Getty)

It all kicked off around the Forest of Arenberg. It often does at Paris-Roubaix

There, or rather just before, with the suspense of the race’s most perilous cobbled sector intensifying, a move finally went. And it stayed away. It was Mathieu van der Poel who led into the forest. 100km later, it was Mathieu van der Poel who led alone into the velodrome

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.