'I've never had as much power in four hours before' - Meet Jonas Abrahamsen, the Tour de France's breakaway star

The Norwegian has spent more kilometres than anyone else up the road this season, and he keeps adding more

Jonas Abrahamsen in the polka dot jersey
(Image credit: Getty Images)

The jury result was unanimous. After 170km in the breakaway, 140 of them on his own, Uno-X's Jonas Abrahamsen was awarded the prize for the most combative rider on stage eight of the Tour de France. Journalists nodded in agreement when the message came through in the WhatsApp group. Who else, they figured, but the race's solo Norwegian? 

The lashing rain at the start of the day pointed to an afternoon of attrition. Fans lined the finishing straight in Colombey-les-Deux-Églises with plastic ponchos and yellow umbrellas, in high spirits despite the downpours. It was a day, for the average hobby cyclist, to stay at home and wait for clearer skies. For Abrahamsen, it was another chance to show off his polka-dot jersey. 

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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.