Six things we learned from the first stage racing of 2022

After a first week of early-season stage races, here is what we found out from the Saudi Tour, Etoile de Bessèges, and the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana

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Early season racing always takes some time to adjust to, with new kits on show and riders popping up at strange teams - Luis León Sánchez at Bahrain Victorious anyone? 

Once you have settled into the rhythms of the new season, however, there is a lot to learn from these opening skirmishes. There are some new faces to follow, and some old trends to observe as well.

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Adam Becket
News editor

Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.