Managers, directors agree Tour de France is entering uncharted GC territory

Two of cycling's most experienced team managers, Australian Matt White (Orica-Scott) and BMC Racing's Jim Ochowicz, recognise that in all their long years as either directors or riders, this year's Tour de France has been highly unusual, with four riders - Chris Froome, Fabio Aru, Romain Bardet and Rigoberto Uran separated by less than half a minute at the top of the standings at the start of the final week of racing.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.