'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.

But the real talking point at yesterday's stage four was not the win for Justin Jules (WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect), but rather what JLT-Condor tweeted.

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As you can see, eleven riders, I mean piglets, were following the charge of their main lead-out rider piglet, causing the cars behind the peloton to allow their passing.

Although teams of 12 is double the amount of personnel every other team has, we applaud their audaciousness.

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The rear of the sprint chase are closely packed together - good for slipstreaming and conserving vital energy in the remaining sprint - but, alarmingly, there is a sizeable gap to the four riders who seem to have broken away for the line.

While the piglets could work on team cohesion a little better, JLT-Condor were exploiting the chance to use as many cycling and pig puns as possible.

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And, of course, French cycling and pigs isn't a new phenomena: the Tro Bro Léon rewards the victor with their very own pig.

Both JLT and Madison were selected for next month's Tour de Yorkshire earlier this week, with fellow British third-tier teams Team Wiggins left out.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

Chris first started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2013 on work experience and has since become a regular name in the magazine and on the website. Reporting from races, long interviews with riders from the peloton and riding features drive his love of writing about all things two wheels.

Probably a bit too obsessed with mountains, he was previously found playing and guiding in the Canadian Rockies, and now mostly lives in the Val d’Aran in the Spanish Pyrenees where he’s a ski instructor in the winter and cycling guide in the summer. He almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.