'It was damage limitation': Tom Pidcock, Jai Hindley react to losing time on Tour de France stage two

"There’s going to be minutes in three weeks. 21 seconds doesn't mean anything," says Tom Pidcock after first blows dealt from the favourites in Bologna

Tom Pidcock
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It was sweltering in Bologna as the Tour de France peloton crossed the finish line and were met by soigneurs with cold drinks, ice vests and towels to wipe sweat from their brow after an explosive finale to stage two which saw Tadej Pogačar and Jonas Vingegaard ignite the race on the slopes of San Luca. 

Primož Roglič rolled towards his Red Bull-Bora-Hansgrohe team staff, unclipped and stood for a moment, staring into space as he caught his breath in the baking streets. He then unzipped his jersey, wrapped an ice sock around his neck and was quickly ushered away from a scrum of journalists before heading back to the sanctuary of the team’s air-conditioned bus. 

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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.