Three hours before Mathieu van der Poel crossed the line in the Vélodrome André-Pétrieu in Roubaix, a different race was finishing at the same location. These were the stars of the future, as Paris-Roubaix Juniors takes place on the same day as the elite men’s race.

Jakob Omrzel, a Slovenian, triumphed in a four-up sprint in the velodrome, suggesting his country has more cycling talent to come, but four minutes behind him finished Ireland’s Patrick Casey.

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