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Jacopo Guarnieri
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Scrolling through the Twitter and Instagram accounts of the 184 riders of this year's Tour de France, there is something unique that it's easy to miss.

Groupama-FDJ's Jacopo Guarnieri, the 33-year-old Italian who's raced five Tours de France, seems to be the only one with the rainbow flag in his bio.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.