'There is no reason not to talk about it' - Is the Tour de France's silence on the Ukraine war a mistake?

The race has so far not made a public statement condemning the war

Tour de France
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There has been a glaring omission in the first week of the Tour de France.

For all the high-octane racing and phenomenally-sized crowds, there has been no mention to the fact that the deadliest war on European soil this century is still taking place just 1,700 direct kilometres from where the race began in Copenhagen.

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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 feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly 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.