Fred Wright says he may have 'fallen victim' to 'sickness going round in the peloton' after missing Tour de France time cut

Wright suspects illness behind stage 11 struggles in the Massif Central as Mark Cavendish’s main leadout man abandons race due to Covid-19 infection

Fred Wright
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Fred Wright suspects illness may have been behind him missing the Tour de France time cut, after he struggled on stage 11 in the Massif Central on Wednesday. 

Wright was out the back of the peloton for most of the mountainous 211 kilometre stage and spent almost 160 kilometres by himself in front of the broom wagon. After missing the time cut by eight minutes, Wright was automatically pulled from the race. 

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Tom Thewlis

Tom has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

Since joining the team, he has reported from some of professional cycling's biggest races and events including the Tour de France and the World Championships in Glasgow. He has also covered races elsewhere across the world. 

As well as on the ground reporting, Tom writes race reports from the men's and women's WorldTour and helps with coverage of UK domestic cycling.