The forgotten refugees fixing bikes in the shadow of the Tour de France

Away from the cameras and sporting heroes are stories in every Tour de France location that get untold

Refugees in Calais
(Image credit: Future)

“The Tour de… what?” 

It’s a bike race, lots of professionals are cycling around France, I explain again. And today they’re finishing a little over three kilometres from here. Ashraf shrugs his shoulders. He’s bored of this conversation. What on earth is this man talking about, I imagine he mutters to himself.

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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.