Tom Pidcock and Laurens De Plus test 'challenging' Tour de France gravel ahead of 2024

British rider recons stage around Troyes which will feature approximately 32 kilometres of unpaved roads

Pidcock and De Plus
(Image credit: Twitter / Laurens De Plus)

Tom Pidcock and his Ineos Grenadiers teammate Laurens De Plus have wasted no time in testing out the ninth gravel stage of next year’s Tour de France before the end of the year. 

Stage nine of the 2024 edition of the race is a 199 kilometre stage around the city of Troyes in the north east of the country. It features 14 sectors of unpaved, gravel road with an additional 2,000 metres of elevation gain, a test which Pidcock - as reigning Strade Bianche champion - will no doubt relish. 

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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.