Faster, scarier... better? Imagining a Tour de France raced on tandems

Christian Prudhomme, the Tour de France's race director, will surely accept the idea in time for the 2023 edition

Tour de France
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The Tour de France doesn’t need to get any harder or more complicated, but what would happen if the race organisers ruled that riders could only compete in the world’s biggest bike race on a tandem?

It’s a vitally important question that Cycling Weekly have been musing for the past three weeks, wondering if the way anyone can get any closer to Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogačar is to throw them off their own bikes and force them to partner up with someone else for a shared journey through France.

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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.