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
Tadej Pogacar attacks on the Galibier as Jonas Vingegaard follows (Image credit: Getty 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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Philippa York

Philippa York is a long-standing Cyclingnews contributor, providing expert racing analysis. As one of the early British racers to take the plunge and relocate to France with the famed ACBB club in the 1980's, she was the inspiration for a generation of racing cyclists – and cycling fans – from the UK.

The Glaswegian gained a contract with Peugeot in 1980, making her Tour de France debut in 1983 and taking a solo win in Bagnères-de-Luchon in the Pyrenees, the mountain range which would prove a happy hunting ground throughout her Tour career. 

The following year's race would prove to be one of her finest seasons, becoming the first rider from the UK to win the polka dot jersey at the Tour, whilst also becoming Britain's highest-ever placed GC finisher with 4th spot. 

She finished runner-up at the Vuelta a España in 1985 and 1986, to Pedro Delgado and Álvaro Pino respectively, and at the Giro d'Italia in 1987. Stage race victories include the Volta a Catalunya (1985), Tour of Britain (1989) and Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré (1990). York retired from professional cycling as reigning British champion following the collapse of Le Groupement in 1995.