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Mads Pedersen (cyclist)

Mads Pedersen
Pedersen in 2017
Personal information
Born (1995-12-18) 18 December 1995 (age 28)
Tølløse, Denmark
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10+12 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb; 11 st 0 lb)
Team information
Current teamLidl–Trek
Rider type
Professional teams
2014–2015Cult Energy–Vital Water[2]
2016Stölting Service Group
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
2 individual stages (2022, 2023)
Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage (2023)
Vuelta a España
Points classification (2022)
3 individual stages (2022)

Stage races

Danmark Rundt (2017, 2023)

One-day races and Classics

World Road Race Championships (2019)
National Road Race Championships (2017)
Gent–Wevelgem (2020, 2024)
Hamburg Cyclassics (2023)
Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne (2021)
Tour de l'Eurométropole (2018)
Medal record
Representing  Denmark
Men's road bicycle racing
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2019 Harrogate Elite road race
Silver medal – second place 2013 Florence Junior road race

Mads Pedersen (born 18 December 1995) is a Danish professional racing cyclist, who rides for UCI WorldTeam Lidl–Trek.[5] He has won stages in all three Grand Tours — the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia, and Vuelta a España. He won the men's road race at the 2019 UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire, England, becoming the first Danish cyclist to win the men's World Championship road race title.


Early career

In 2013, Pedersen won the Paris–Roubaix Juniors and went on to claim the silver medal in the World Championships junior road race. Pedersen won Ghent–Wevelgem U23, the U23 Tour of Norway, and a stage of the Tour de l'Avenir prior to turning professional.[6]

Trek–Segafredo (2017–present)

Pedersen at the 2017 Giro d'Italia.

In August 2016 Trek–Segafredo announced that they had signed Pedersen through to 2018.[1]

In his neo-pro season, he was named in the start list for the 2017 Giro d'Italia.[7] He also become national champion of Denmark, and took overall victory in the Tour du Poitou Charentes after winning the time trial.[6] In September 2017, Pedersen took overall victory at the Danmark Rundt.[8]

In April 2018, he finished in second place in the Tour of Flanders following a spirited break away.[9] Pedersen attacked ahead of the Koppenberg with just over 50 kilometres (31 miles) remaining, and was joined by Dylan van Baarle (Team Sky) and Sebastian Langeveld (EF Education First–Drapac p/b Cannondale). Eventual winner Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) caught and passed Pedersen on the final ascent of the Oude Kwaremont and rode to victory, but Pedersen was strong enough to hold off world champion Peter Sagan (Bora–Hansgrohe) and the chasing peloton to become the youngest podium finisher in 40 years.

On 29 September 2019, Pedersen won the World Road Race Championship in a rain-soaked race, in and around Harrogate, in Yorkshire, England.[10] He is the first Danish cyclist to win a men's world championship road race title.[11] In August 2020, he was named in the startlist for the 2020 Tour de France.[12] He did not win any stages and held the white jersey for best young rider for one day.

After the Tour was over he won a stage and the points classification in the 2020 BinckBank Tour, and won the 2020 Gent–Wevelgem. Both of these races were held late in the season due to the COVID pandemic. In 2021 he won Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and took a stage victory in the Tour of Norway.

Pedersen at the 2023 Tour de France

In 2022, he won the points classification in Circuit de la Sarthe and Étoile de Bessèges and had top 10 finishes in Milan–San Remo, the Tour of Flanders and Gent–Wevelgem. During the 2022 Tour de France he was very active early in the race as the Grand Départ was held in his home country of Denmark, however he had no luck.[13] At the end of the second week he got involved in a breakaway where he and teammate Quinn Simmons formulated a plan and bridged up to what eventually became a seven rider breakaway. Simmons drove a hard pace up the Coté de Saint-Romain-en-Gal and with just under 11 km to go Pedersen launched an attack. Only Fred Wright and Hugo Houle could go with him. As the finish line approached Pedersen overpowered both of them, and easily won the sprint to claim the stage win.[13]

Pedersen started his 2023 campaign with stage wins at the Étoile de Bessèges and Paris–Nice. He again took multiple top 5 and 10 finishes in the spring classics, but had no victories. In May, he won stage six of the Giro d'Italia in a sprint finish, after finishing on the podium on stages three and five.[14] In July, he won stage eight of the Tour de France, finishing second overall to Jasper Philipsen in the points classification.[15] In August, he narrowly miised out on a medal in the World Road Race Championships, losing the sprint for third to Tadej Pogačar.[16] He took two more victories in the remiander of the season, winning stage five and the overall title of the Danmark Rundt, followed by the Hamburg Cyclassics.[17]

He started 2024 with a winning streak, taking a stage win and the overall of Étoile de Bessèges, followed by three stage wins and the overall title at the Tour de la Provence.[18] In March, he took two second place finishes on stage of Paris–Nice, followed by fourth at Milan–San Remo. He ended his drought of classics wins, outsprinting to take Gent–Wevelgem.[19] In early April, he finished third at Paris–Roubaix, behind Philipsen and van der Poel.

Career achievements

Major results

1st Overall Tour of Istria
1st Young rider classification
1st Stage 3
1st Overall Trofeo Karlsberg
1st Young rider classification
1st Stage 3a (ITT)
1st Overall Sint-Martinusprijs Kontich
1st Points classification
1st Young rider classification
1st Prologue & Stage 4
3rd Overall Liège–La Gleize
4th Overall Course de la Paix Juniors
10th Paris–Roubaix Juniors
1st Overall Course de la Paix Juniors
1st Points classification
1st Stages 2a (ITT) & 4
1st Overall Trofeo Karlsberg
1st Stages 3a (ITT), 3b & 4
1st Paris–Roubaix Juniors
Aubel–Thimister–La Gleize
1st Mountains classification
1st Stage 3
2nd Road race, UCI Junior Road World Championships
2nd Road race, National Junior Road Championships
2nd Overall Sint-Martinusprijs Kontich
1st Stage 4
2nd Overall Grand Prix Rüebliland
1st Stage 4
10th Overall Giro della Lunigiana
1st Stage 4
1st Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop U23
3rd Time trial, National Under-23 Road Championships
1st Stage 2 Tour de l'Avenir
2nd Overall ZLM Roompot Tour
1st Stages 2 (TTT) & 3
6th Overall Four Days of Dunkirk
6th La Côte Picarde
8th Overall Tour des Fjords
9th Ronde van Vlaanderen Beloften
2016 (1 pro win)
1st Fyen Rundt
1st Kattekoers
Tour of Norway
1st Mountains classification
1st Stage 3
5th Road race, National Road Championships
7th Poreč Trophy
8th Overall Three Days of De Panne
1st Young rider classification
2017 (5)
1st Road race, National Road Championships
1st Overall Danmark Rundt
1st Points classification
1st Young rider classification
1st Stage 3
1st Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes
1st Young rider classification
1st Stage 4 (ITT)
2018 (4)
1st Tour de l'Eurométropole
1st Fyen Rundt
1st Stage 2 Herald Sun Tour
1st Stage 4 (ITT) Danmark Rundt
2nd Tour of Flanders
5th Dwars door Vlaanderen
7th GP Horsens
2019 (2)
1st Road race, UCI Road World Championships
1st Grand Prix d'Isbergues
2020 (3)
1st Gent–Wevelgem
1st Stage 2 Tour de Pologne
4th Road race, National Road Championships
5th Overall BinckBank Tour
1st Points classification
1st Stage 3
7th Race Torquay
Tour de France
Held after Stage 1
2021 (3)
1st Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
1st Stage 3 Tour of Norway
2nd Overall Danmark Rundt
1st Points classification
1st Stage 2
2nd Bredene Koksijde Classic
3rd Eurométropole Tour
2022 (9)
1st Fyen Rundt
Vuelta a España
1st Points classification
1st Stages 13, 16 & 19
Tour de France
1st Stage 13
Combativity award Stage 13
Circuit de la Sarthe
1st Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 3
Étoile de Bessèges
1st Points classification
1st Stage 1
1st Stage 3 Paris–Nice
National Road Championships
2nd Road race
4th Time trial
2nd Grand Prix La Marseillaise
3rd GP Herning
6th Milan–San Remo
7th Overall Tour of Belgium
1st Points classification
1st Stage 1
7th Gent–Wevelgem
8th Tour of Flanders
10th Road race, UEC European Road Championships
2023 (7)
1st Overall Danmark Rundt
1st Points classification
1st Stage 5 (ITT)
1st Hamburg Cyclassics
1st Stage 8 Tour de France
1st Stage 6 Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 2 Paris–Nice
1st Stage 5 (ITT) Étoile de Bessèges
2nd Grand Prix d'Isbergues
3rd Tour of Flanders
3rd Münsterland Giro
4th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
4th Paris–Roubaix
5th Gent–Wevelgem
5th Dwars door Vlaanderen
6th Milan–San Remo
7th Road race, UEC European Road Championships
2024 (7)
1st Overall Tour de la Provence
1st Points classification
1st Prologue, Stages 1 & 2
1st Overall Étoile de Bessèges
1st Points classification
1st Stage 3
1st Gent–Wevelgem
3rd Paris–Roubaix
4th Milan–San Remo

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 138 140 DNF
A yellow jersey Tour de France 124 137 98 105
A red jersey Vuelta a España 102

Classics results timeline

Monument 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
Milan–San Remo 6 6 4
Tour of Flanders 2 DNF 59 DNF 8 3 22
Paris–Roubaix 95 71 51 NH DNF DNF 4 3
Liège–Bastogne–Liège DNF
Giro di Lombardia Has not contested during his career
Classic 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad DNF 39 DNF 92 105 66 112
Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne 81 DNF 79 1
Strade Bianche DNF DNF
E3 Harelbeke 90 DNF DNF NH DNF 24 14 11
Gent–Wevelgem DNF 33 1 7 5 1
Dwars door Vlaanderen DNF 15 150 5 89 NH 69 5 DNF
Scheldeprijs 160 DNF 101 DNF
Hamburg Cyclassics 123 126 15 Not held 1

Major championships timeline

Event 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
World Championships Road race DNF 1 DNF 4
European Championships Road race DNE DNF 24 10 7
National Championships Road race 52 5 1 6 16 4 38 2 14
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
DNS Did not start
NH Not held


  1. ^ a b "Trek-Segafredo confirm signing of Mads Pedersen". 8 August 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  2. ^ Mads Pedersen at Cycling Archives
  3. ^ "Trek-Segafredo announce official 2019 rosters for men and women". Trek Bicycle Corporation. Intrepid Corporation. 27 December 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Trek-Segafredo announce complete 2020 men's roster". 9 November 2019. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Trek – Segafredo". Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 2 January 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Pedersen comes of age at the Tour of Flanders". Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  7. ^ "2017: 100th Giro d'Italia: Start List". Pro Cycling Stats. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Post Danmark Rundt - Tour of Denmark 2017: Stage 5 Results -". Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Dutchman Niki Terpstra claims Tour of Flanders win". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Road World Championship: Denmark's Mads Pedersen claims shock elite men's road race title". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  11. ^ MacLeary, John (29 September 2019). "Mads Pedersen clinches Denmark's first men's world championship road race title under horrid Yorkshire skies". The Telegraph.
  12. ^ "107th Tour de France: Startlist". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  13. ^ a b Cotton, Jim (16 July 2022). "Mads Pedersen lives Danish dream two weeks after grand départ disappointment: Pedersen hails Quinn Simmons for crucial role in the break as Danish riders continue to deliver at Tour de France". Velo News. Outside Magazine. Retrieved 17 July 2022.
  14. ^ Farrand, Stephen (11 May 2023). "Giro d'Italia: Mads Pedersen claims stage 6 as breakaway caught at last gasp". CyclingNews. Retrieved 11 May 2023.
  15. ^ Stuart, Peter (7 July 2023). "Tour de France: Mads Pedersen beats Jasper Philipsen to win crash-marred stage 8". Retrieved 8 July 2023.
  16. ^ "Mathieu van der Poel becomes world road cycling champion in Glasgow". The Guardian.
  17. ^ Puddicombe, Stephen (20 August 2023). "Mads Pedersen wins BEMER Cyclassics with sensational final kilometre attack". Cycling News. Retrieved 20 August 2023.
  18. ^ Tyson, Jackie (10 February 2024). "Tour de la Provence: Mads Pedersen makes it three from three on stage 2". CyclingNews. Future plc. Retrieved 10 February 2024.
  19. ^ Tyson, Jackie; Moultrie, James (24 March 2024). "Gent-Wevelgem: Mads Pedersen outpaces Mathieu van der Poel in two-up sprint". CyclingNews. Retrieved 24 March 2024.
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