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(Image credit: Future / Tom Davidson)

The Grand Tours are approaching, and riders are turning to the calendar's key preparation races to fine tune their form and climbing. 

This week, those at the Tour of the Alps have been going uphill everyday. The race, which takes place across the Italo-Austrian border, offered five stages, none of which had less than 2,000m of elevation gain. Thursday's queen stage counted almost 4,000m. 

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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.