Thomas Voeckler eyes Tour de Yorkshire title defence in swansong season

France’s most popular racer set to bow out of racing when the Tour finishes on the Champs Élysées

Thomas Voeckler at the 2016 Tour de France (Gould)

(Image credit: Daniel Gould)

Next week’s Étoile de Bessèges will mark the start of Thomas Voeckler’s 17th and final season as a professional.

Still widely regarded as his country’s most popular rider despite now playing a support role to Bryan Coquard at Direct Énergie, the 37-year-old Frenchman is set to retire when the Tour de France reaches the Champs-Élysées on 23 July.

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