Mads Pedersen: I've shown that Van der Poel and Van Aert are beatable

Danish Mads Pedersen of TrekSegafredo celebrates after winning the GentWevelgem In Flanders Fields one day cycling race 2325 km Sunday 11 October 2020 in WevelgemBELGA PHOTO DAVID STOCKMAN Photo by DAVID STOCKMANBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images
Mads Pedersen of Trek-Segafredo won 2020 Gent Wevelgem (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

There were points during his stint as World Champion when the rainbow stripes almost seemed a burden to Mads Pedersen - if not the jersey itself then the attention and expectation that accompanied it. "Everyone thinks the stripes make you 100 times better, but they don’t," the then 24-year-old Trek-Segafredo rider told us at the start of the 2020 Classics season, insisting he was not yet the finished article. 

Now, nearly 12 months on and looking ahead to the 2021 campaign, Pedersen is older and stronger and wants the jersey back.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.