'If I tell you, I'd have to kill you' – Pidcock on Ineos' Tour de France Alpine tactics

CHTEL LES PORTES DU SOLEIL FRANCE JULY 10 Thomas Pidcock of United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers White Best Young Rider Jersey during the team presentation prior to the 109th Tour de France 2022 Stage 9 a 1929km stage from Aigle to Chtel les portes du Soleil 1299m TDF2022 WorldTour on July 10 2022 in Chtel les portes du Soleil France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Thomas Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers) is second in best young rider classification and wears the white jersey at the start of stage 9 (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

One of the 40 debutants at the Tour de France this year, the third-youngest, Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers), has enjoyed an opening eight days to race better than most of his fellow neophytes.

The 22-year-old has a fourth place to his name on the hilly finish in Longwy and currently lies seventh overall after finishing 15th on stage 9 to Châtel les Portes du Soleil – ahead of GC men such as Nairo Quintana, Damiano Caruso, and Aleksandr Vlasov.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix