Pello Bilbao ready to attack on home roads of the Tour de France Grand Départ

Hailing from nearby Guernica, the Bahrain Victorious rider will be looking to spring a surprise on stage one on Saturday

Pello Bilbao
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On the eve of the Tour de France Grand Départ in Bilbao, much of the focus has been on the potential fireworks from Tadej Pogačar that he has promised for the opening stage. 

During Thursday afternoon’s press conference, the Slovenian two-time Tour winner said that despite not fully knowing whether his recently broken wrist had healed, he was ready for a shot at taking the first yellow jersey of the race.

However, despite Pogačar's undoubted popularity, there will be one rider whose name will be cheered far louder on the roads of the Basque Country tomorrow. That man is Bahrain Victorious’ Pello Bilbao, born just down the road in Guernica. 

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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.