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Galibier outlined the current hierarchy at the Tour de France – Philippa York analysis

VALLOIRE FRANCE JULY 02 LR Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia and UAE Team Emirates attacks to Jonas Vingegaard Hansen of Denmark and Team Visma Lease a Bike climbing to the Col du Galibier 2642m during the 111th Tour de France 2024 Stage 4 a 1394km stage from Pinerolo to Valloire UCIWT on July 02 2024 in Valloire France Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

The pessimism expressed by many before the peloton rolled out of Florence has thankfully failed to materialise, and it looks increasingly likely that the 111th edition of the Tour de France is not going to be the dull procession many had predicted.

Even better for the French, who again have no overall contender, they haven’t had to endure days of agony wondering if one of the homegrown riders was going to be victorious. That first yellow jersey for Romain Bardet was just what was needed to perk up interest in the event and Kévin Vauquelin’s victory the following day added to the realisation that a Grand Départ on foreign soil isn’t such a bad thing after all.

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