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Tom Devriendt: Paris-Roubaix was a dream come true

Tom Devriendt: Paris-Roubaix was a dream come true

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…

Monday, Apr 18

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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.

“It was the day of my life,” said Devriendt. “A fourth place in a Monument, that’s crazy! By racing in the front I made the surprising split in the beginning of the race and I stayed out of trouble when a lot of riders crashed on the first cobble sections of the day.

“When I saw the acceleration of Matej Mohoric with 100 kilometres to go I didn’t hesitate to follow him. We were the strongest riders in the breakaway and it was a pity that I couldn’t benefit off his work in the front anymore after he punctured. When I was leading alone I chose my own pace, knowing that I needed to […]

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