Thumbtacks in road cause punctures on Tour de France 2023 stage two

Riders puncture in the Basque Country after tacks spread in the road

Luke Durbridge at the Tour de France
(Image credit: Getty)

A scattering of thumbtacks on the road slowed down some of the riders on Sunday at the Tour de France, with up to 20 thought to have punctured. 

The victory on stage two went to Cofidis’s Victor Lafay, who broke a 15-year dry spell for his team at the race, while punctures ruled others out of the finale. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.