Double difficulty: Can Geraint Thomas buck the trend to win back to back Tours?

Only 11 riders have defended their maiden Tour de France victory. Can Geraint Thomas buck the trend and win again? Pete Cossins investigates just why it's so hard to do the double the first time around.

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Read the full feature in the July 11 issue of Cycling Weekly, on sale in newsagents and supermarkets, priced £3.25

Given the influence of innumerable factors on sporting outcomes, statistics can say a lot and nothing at the same time. Take the fact, for instance, that no first-time winner of the Tour de France has managed to defend the title since Miguel Indurain claimed his second consecutive success in 1992. Over the subsequent period, doping suspensions, illness, crashes, and, in the case of Alberto Contador’s Astana in 2008, non-selection for the race have meant that not a single yellow jersey champion has repeated Indurain’s feat.

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.