'Piglets charge for the line' - the best lead-out at the Tour de Normandie isn't from the riders

Photos have been shared online of a wild boar and its family of piglets temporarily halting the Tour de Normandie convoy.

Two of the opening four stages of this week's Tour de Normandie in France have been settled by bunch sprints - but it turns out the cycling teams may have a thing to learn about slipstreaming and lead-out trains.

British UCI Continental teams JLT-Condor and Madison-Genesis are once again taking part in the seven-stage northern French race, and the former outfit have enjoyed a promising first four stages: Steven Lampier sits seventh overall, and Ali Slater tenth, while New Zealander Alex Frame has continued his eye-catching form with two fifths and a seventh place.

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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.