Pavel Sivakov opens up on switching nationality from Russian to French: 'There was always that question mark if I should change or not'

The 24-year-old is racing this week's Volta a Catalunya

Pavel Sivakov
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Ineos Grenadiers' Pavel Sivakov has revealed more behind the decision to change his nationality from Russian to French.

At the onset of the Russian invasion into Ukraine towards the end of February, Sivakov issued a social media statement condemning the war and expressing his wish for peace.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.