I watched all 320 minutes of Netflix's Tour de France: Unchained season two, and it's a thrilling must-see

With added Tadej Pogačar and Mark Cavendish, this year's version is appointment viewing

Jonas Vingegaard in the yellow jersey at the Tour de France 2023
Jonas Vingegaard in the yellow jersey at the Tour de France 2023
(Image credit: Getty Images)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Thrilling television, with a winning formula perfected. Great insight into the biggest bike race of them all. It's a must watch.

Reasons to buy
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    Unparalleled access to the teams involved

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    Tells multiple stories really well

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    Tadej Pogačar is in it this year

Reasons to avoid
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    Might be too simple for the biggest bike fan

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    Lots of teams not involved, reducing stories

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It opens, as it did last year, with hyperbole. "Everybody should kill somebody to win a stage," Patrick Lefevere says, in quite bad taste. "Accidents happen, you'd better get used to it," Jasper Philipsen adds. There is the footage of crashes, of near misses. We are told that the Tour de France is the toughest thing ever, that it is everything, that it means more.

Welcome to season two of Tour de France: Unchained, from Netflix. So far, so similar to the first year. I liked the first season, without being blown away. It was an interesting watch, without feeling like something that had to be seen. However, season two builds on a solid format and turns it into something I really think all cycling fans and beyond should watch. It is gripping.

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Adam Becket
News editor

Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.