2022 Paris-Roubaix Pro Cycling Picks

  • Matthieu Van Der Poel (+325) is the favorite to win Paris-Roubaix 2022 for the first time in his career
  • The Hell of the North is a bumpy 257.2-kilometer race with multiple cobblestone sectors
  • The 11th edition of the toughest one-day race in cycling will take place on Sunday, April 17, 2022

Mathieu van der Poel proved our betting predictions for the 2022 Tour of Flanders correct, securing his second-career victory at The Ronde despite being hampered by a back injury early in the season.

Heading into the first spring edition of Paris-Roubaix since 2019, we’ll look at the latest odds and make our picks on who will win the final cobbled Classic of the season.

Paris-Roubaix 2022

Mathieu Van Der Poel+325
Mads Pedersen+350
Wout Van Aert+400
Christophe Laporte+1200
Stefan Kung+1600
Dylan Van Baarle+2000
Florian Senechal+2000
Kasper Asgreen+2000
Tom Pidcock+2000
Filippo Ganna+2800
Jasper Stuyven+3300
Tiesj Benoot+3300
Yves Lampaert+3300
Matej Mohoric+3500
Arnaud Demare+4000

van der Poel in pole position

Mathieu van der Poel (+325) outdueled Tadej Pogačar at the Tour of Flanders to win his second Monument of the season. After making his first competitive appearance of the season at Milan-San Remo (betting predictions here) less than three weeks ago, the Dutchman picked up impressive victories at Dwars door Vlaanderen and Flanders.

Last year in his Paris-Roubaix debut, van der Poel settled for third after running on fumes for the last 30-40 kilometers. Unfortunately, the eventual winner in 2021, Sonny Colbrelli, will not be defending his title in France after suffering a heart condition and collapsing at the Volta a Catalunya a couple of weeks back.

Will Wout Van Aert be back?

Wout Van Aert missed his home race in Belgium after coming down with COVID-19 and is a risky bet at +400, considering there is still no timeline for his return. The Belgian champion finished seventh last year, and one would assume that he won’t be feeling up to conquering the muddied pavé of northern France in just over a week’s time.

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Pogacar sitting this one out

Tadej Pogačar almost won his debut performance at The Ronde, only to finish fourth after making a costly tactical error. The 23-year-old explored the cobblestones of Paris-Roubaix on Monday, but the day-long recon ride was apparently just in preparation for what will be the final 75km in the decisive stage 5 in the Tour de France, which the Slovenian has already won twice before.

Mads Pedersen ready to pounce?

Mads Pedersen (+350) was knocked out of last year’s race after crashing into Like Rowe in the Forest of Arenberg, but the former world champion looks in fine form for the Hell of the North. The Danish rider placed sixth at Milan-San Remo, seventh at Gent-Wevelgem, and eighth at Ronde van Vlaanderen before taking his third win on French soil this year at Circuit de la Sarthe.

Best Bet

It’s hard to bet against the favorite van der Poel (+325), who is riding at a “level above everyone”, according to Discovery Cycling expert Dan Lloyd. The 27-year-old pretty much toyed with Pogačar at The Ronde, slowing the pace before using his immense straight-line speed to clinch the victory.

With Van Aert, Pogačar, and Sonny Colbrelli all not competing next weekend, the Dutchman could cruise to his first championship at Paris-Roubaix 2022.

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