Tom Pidcock says he's not at the Tour de France for experience, that's 'boring and dull'

British sensation is riding his second grand tour, but first Tour de France, this July

Tom Pidcock
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For many riders, a first Tour de France is one for growing up, to experience the sheer speed and pressure that comes with the biggest bike race in the world. It's often been a loosener, one to get the legs and the brain up to speed. Think Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome at the 2007 and 2008 Tours, respectively, both with Barloworld. It would be a few years before either made a huge impact at the race.

Modern cycling demands something different. Tadej Pogačar came into the Grand Tour and won it at his first attempt in 2020, and his second attempt too. It seems like a different age now, one where young men come into their first edition and attempt something at the first try.

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Adam Becket
News editor

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.