10 pictures of the peloton's elder statesmen looking incredibly young

Take a look at the likes of Alberto Contador, Alejandro Valverde, Bradley Wiggins and Fabian Cancellara in their younger days

Thomas Voeckler in 2003 (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Cyclists are often like fine wines - improving with age. But all that time outside in the sun sometimes means their youthful good looks disappear as their careers progress.

Take a look at some of the older chaps in this year's professional peloton in their younger years...some of them have changed quite a bit!

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.