Former Ukrainian pro willing to fight Russian invasion as he issues plea for aid

Yaroslav Popovych wants to return to his home country and urged his Instagram followers to help in any way they can

Yaroslav Popovych
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Former professional cyclist Yaroslav Popovych has called for more people to help his native Ukraine in an emotional Instagram video, with the 2006 Tour de France stage winner also willing to fight on the frontline in his home country.

From Drohobych in the west of Ukraine, Popovych rode professionally between 2002 and 2016 and finished third at the 2003 Giro d'Italia. Now a sports director at Trek-Segafredo and living in Italy, he has just arrived home from the UAE Tour.

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Ryan is a staff writer for Cycling Weekly, having joined the team in September 2021. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before making his way to cycling. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer.