Tom Devriendt: Paris-Roubaix was a dream come true

Paris Roubaix 2022 - 119th Edition - Compiegne - Roubaix 257.2 km - 17/04/2022 - Tom Devriendt (BEL - Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux) - photo Luca Bettini/SprintCyclingAgency©2022
Tom Devriendt took fourth place at Paris-Roubaix 2022 (Image credit: Sprint Cycling Agency)

The 2022 Paris-Roubaix is clearly a day Tom Devriendt will not soon forget. His wasn’t a name on any list of contenders but with the race just 40km from the line, it was the Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux rider who was holding out the front solo with the likes of Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) on the chase. 

The 30-year-old Belgian rider, whose previous best result in a Classic was 30th at Tour of Flanders in 2018, was caught, but he hung in with the group of Van Aert, Küng and Matej Mohorič (Bahrain Victorious) to vie for the podium in Roubaix. He may have missed the final step by one spot, but there were no expressions of disappointment after his fourth place, just sheer delight that he had delivered the team's best-ever result at a Monument.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.