'We can still learn so much from Aristotle': how history and philosophy has helped Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl's Mikkel Honoré emerge as one of the peloton's strongest riders

There's far less Netflix binging and social media doomscrolling for this scholarly Dane

Mikkel Honore
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Back in 2018, a few years before Mikkel Honoré became one of Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s latest riders who threatens to win in a multitude of different types of races in a myriad of ways, the Dane realised that something in his approach to life needed to change.

He had just finished his International Business College degree and he reflects: “I had a period of thinking about cycling and nothing else,” he tells Cycling Weekly. “I felt myself living in this bubble of cycling, not thinking or understanding other things, not knowing what was going on in the world. 

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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 long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide 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.