Mathieu van der Poel raises the Paris-Roubaix winner's trophy.

Paris-Roubaix Hommes report: Monumental Mathieu van der Poel soloes to second cobble trophy

Alpecin-Deceuninck is the first team ever to win the first three Monuments of the season in the same year.

Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck) raises the famous cobbled trophy after winning Paris-Roubaix 2024. Photo: © Cor Vos

Kit Nicholson
by Kit Nicholson 07.04.2024 Photography by
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Five race days, three victories, one assist and two Monuments – one man: Mathieu van der Poel.

He was the outright favourite, several strata above his rivals one week after winning his third Tour of Flanders, and with the help of an imperious Alpecin-Deceuninck team, the world champion seemed near untouchable at Paris-Roubaix (Hommes). After attacking almost 60 km from the Roubaix velodrome, Van der Poel raised his arms to celebrate back-to-back victories at the Hell of the North with a commanding advantage over those resigned to racing for second.

Mathieu van der Poel celebrates winning Paris-Roubaix in the Roubaix velodrome wearing the rainbow jersey of world champion.

Brief results:

Quote of the day:

“It’s hard to believe, actually. Again, with the team, maybe even stronger than last year. I’m super proud of the boys and very happy to finish it off.”

Mathieu van der Poel on winning Paris-Roubaix
With this victory, Van der Poel adds a third solo win to the 2024 shelf/section of his trophy room, all claimed after an all-in attack around an hour from the finish. He knows what he has to do – he saw again at Gent-Wevelgem that he’s better off alone – and he’s got it down to a science at this point.

Brief analysis:

It’s fast, eh, Tom?

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