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by Mark Zalewski
April 11, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Avermaet defies his own expectations: ‘To be honest, I was not expecting to win Roubaix’; Pidcock wins Paris-Roubaix juniors; UnitedHealthcare dominates Alabama Cycling Classic; Naesen gets large share of Paris-Roubaix misfortunes; Moscon happy with Roubaix performance; Roglic eyeing Tour of Romandie after two wins in Pais Vasco; Italian Guardini gets lost after abandoning Paris-Roubaix, ends up on motorway; Strava posts from fastest Paris-Roubaix in history; Canberra cyclists say roads are still safe; Ster ZLM Toer announces route; Video: Celebration from inside the BMC team car; Video: Paris Roubaix wheel change; Video: What is the Madison?.
Thomas Pidcock again showed that British cycling has a strong future with a win in the junior Paris-Roubaix event on Sunday, entering the velodrome solo after bridging across to the lead group. He won by four seconds ahead of Daan Hoole (The Netherlands) and Mathias Larsen (Denmark).
Thomas Pidcock won the 2017 Paris-Roubaix junior race.
“I was expecting to just drag everyone along but then I looked to the end and I had a gap and I thought that’s bloody it isn’t it, I’ve got to go,” Pidcock said.
“It was a headwind for some of it and I was crawling, especially on that last proper sector — sector two — I was crawling along, trying to get on every smooth bit I could.”
The junior Paris-Roubaix was one of Pidcock’s main targets for the road after winning the UCI Cyclocross Junior World Championship race earlier this year.
His top results already have the interest from many teams, including Sven Nys and his Telenet Fidea Lions team. Pidcock has said he would like to pursue a dual career on both the road and cyclocross.
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