Sheffield: Any of us were capable of winning today, it just happened to be me

OVERIJSE BELGIUM APRIL 13 Magnus Sheffield of United States and Team INEOS Grenadiers competes iduring the 62nd De Brabantse Pijl La Flche Brabanonne 2022 Mens Elite a 2051km one day race from Leuven to Overijse BP22 on April 13 2022 in Overijse Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Magnus Sheffield (Ineos Grenadiers) makes a charge and rides solo to the line in Overijse to win Brabantse Pijl (Image credit: Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

Few onlookers would have picked out an Ineos Grenadiers neo-pro and teenage American as a likely winner of Brabantse Pijl when he and the rest of the peloton left Leuven to start the race on Wednesday afternoon.

Four hours later, though, Magnus Sheffield, 19 years old until next Tuesday, delivered a stunning solo win to claim the biggest triumph yet of his nascent pro career. Sheffield jumped away with 3.8km to go in the race as Ineos worked the numbers game – with three riders in the seven-man lead group – to perfection.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix