'The hardest, best, worst race I've done' - A first taste of Paris-Roubaix for Wright and Jorgenson

Wright (left) and Jorgenson were riding Paris-Roubaix for the first time (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The 2021 Paris-Roubaix was an edition for the debutants, with first-timer Sonny Colbrelli joined on the podium in the Roubaix velodrome by fellow newcomers Florian Vermeersch and Mathieu van der Poel.

They weren't alone in experiencing 'The Hell of the North' for the first time, in all its wet and muddy glory, with 57 other riders making their bow at the race, from 20-year-old Quinn Simmons to former world champion Michał Kwiatkowski.

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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