Pello Bilbao fumes after being told he will not be in Spain's Olympic team 30 minutes before Tour de France stage start

The Bahrain-Victorious rider is hoping to cement a top-10 in the Tour de France

Pello Bilbao
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Pello Bilbao, one of the most consistent and best-performing Spaniards in the past three seasons, has reacted angrily to the news that he will not be included in his country's squad at the Olympic Games.

The Bahrain-Victorious rider had built his entire season based on competing at the road race event in Tokyo, claiming that he had even taken it easier at the Giro d'Italia so not to tire himself out.

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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.