Who is Ion Göttlich, and why isn't he racing the Tour de France?

The failed Bora-Hansgrohe rider will be working for Eurosport instead

With over 52,000 followers on Instagram and in excess of 2,000 YouTube subscribers, Ion Göttlich is arguably one of the most popular cyclists not racing at the Tour de France. 

Though camera shy in the wild, the seemingly ageless Italian cyclist - who bears a striking resemblance to the Incredible Hulk - features regularly on social media channels, often pairing up with pros on the hunt for exposure and future sponsorship.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.