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Tour de France 2024 gravel stage ‘increases chance of bad luck’ says Plugge

Pogacar aggressive on the cobbles and again best of Tour de France contenders

The 2024 Tour de France will include 32.2 kilometres of gravel on stage 9 around Troyes on Sunday, July 7, and while gravel racing has become hugely popular in the cycling world, that passion hasn’t quite been kindled amongst the top Grand Tour teams.

There were echos of the controversy surrounding the inclusion of Paris-Roubaix-like cobbled roads in the Tour from last year, and after the route revelation on Wednesday, the topic drew a measure of ire from Jumbo-Visma CEO Richard Plugge, who otherwise praised the varied route where his team will attempt to deliver a third Tour de France victory for Jonas Vingegaard.

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