'Student loans were my income': Meet the Tour de France jersey wearer who was a club cyclist 18 months ago

Little was known about Frank van den Broek even one year ago, but now he looks set to be one of the season's rising stars

Frank van den Broek
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Eighteen months ago, at the end of 2022, Frank van den Broek – no, not that one – was a club cyclist, riding for a team who didn’t pay him for competing in their colours. Nothing too extraordinary in that – he was turning 22. Today, though, he is entering his second week of the Tour de France, the greatest and biggest bike race on the planet, and he’s already been instrumental in a stage win, and lead both the points and youth classifications. 

“It’s a bit crazy, yep,” the Dutchman tells Cycling Weekly of his rapid rise from dedicated amateur to the sport’s summer breakthrough star in less than two years.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains. He lives in Valencia, Spain.