Mads Pedersen aiming to add elite Paris-Roubaix to his junior crown

Danish Mads Pedersen of TrekSegafredo celebrates as he wins the KuurneBrusselsKuurne one day cycling race 197 km from Kuurne to Kuurne via Brussels Sunday 28 February 2021 BELGA PHOTO ERIC LALMAND Photo by ERIC LALMANDBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images
Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) as he wins Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne this year (Image credit: Getty Images)

“That’s many years ago now,” said Mads Pedersen with a smile when asked to reflect on his victory in the junior edition of Paris-Roubaix back in 2013. “I’d finished 10th the year before and already after that race I’d said to myself, ‘Next year I’m gonna win Roubaix.’ It was a big goal for me for that final season in the juniors. Even then, I always loved to watch Roubaix and to race it as a junior was a really nice experience. To win was, of course, even better.”

Then 17, Pedersen had already established himself as one of the best juniors on the road when he lined up at Roubaix for the second time. Late on in the 128-kilometre race, he went clear with Belgium’s Nathan Van Hooydonck and Britain’s Tao Geoghegan Hart

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).