Tour de France: 5 outsiders to watch this July

Who are the dark horses in the running to snatch a stage victory in July's Grande Boucle?

the peloton passes below the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on the final stage of the 2022 Tour de France
(Image credit: David Pintens / Getty Images)

We have all been watching with interest as teams have slowly revealed their full squads for the upcoming Tour de France. All eyes have been on the big names, the ones who will challenge for overall victory, or perhaps a record number of stage wins.

But now that every rider has been announced, it gives us a chance to sift through every name, including the lesser known ones – those who have yet to win a stage.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.