Warren Barguil: The free spirit

Warren Barguil rolls over to the area behind the podium at the Shanghai Criterium, where the prizes and paraphernalia are piled up, checks over his shoulder, and stuffs a miniature yellow airhorn into his jersey pocket. The post-race ceremonies done and dusted, he sneaks up on a huddle of ASO blazers and almost deafens them, laughing in delight as he rides off towards the race HQ hotel, where later that night – or rather deep into the following morning – he’ll do the same on almost every floor of the five-star establishment.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.