Meet Vegard Stake Laengen, Tadej Pogačar's right-hand man at Grand Tours

The Norwegian bodyguard has been present in each of the Slovenian's Tour de France participations, and is now at the Giro d'Italia, too

Vegard Stake Laengen
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Which rider has been part of the UAE Team Emirates squad in every Tour de France Tadej Pogačar has ridden? Nope, not Mikkel Bjerg or Matteo Trentin. Not even Rafał Majka. The answer - and it's possible you have never really heard of him - is Vegard Stake Laengen.

Professional cycling is full of riders like Stake Laengen, riders who fly under the radar, and yet perform incredibly important jobs. The Norwegian, who is currently riding the Giro d'Italia alongside Pogačar, is not there by accident, or just filling a spot. 

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.