'I felt like I was the worst rider in the bunch' - Simon Carr dispels doubt with longest ever solo win at Tour of the Alps

Brit triumphs from lone 45km breakaway, after days of battling allergies

Simon Carr winning stage four of the Tour of the Alps 2024
(Image credit: Getty Images)

"Keep pushing hard on the pedals." That was the mantra Simon Carr repeated to himself as he rode for 45km alone, through the cold air, and on to victory at the Tour of the Alps on Thursday. 

The Brit’s attack was a historic one, the longest ever to make it to the line at the Italo-Austrian race since it began in its current form in 2017. The previous best was 26.5km, achieved by… Simon Carr, on stage five last year

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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.