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2022 Tour de Suisse leader Stevie Williams
Stevie Williams wore the Tour de Suisse leader's jersey after a stage 1 win in 2022 (Image credit: Getty)

Stevie Williams must have wondered what he needed to do to catch a break. The first years of the Welshman’s career were blighted by injury, but he provided a timely reminder of his quality last June with a fine victory on the opening stage of the Tour de Suisse and a stint in the yellow jersey.

His gifts as a climber suggested that his race might end with a high overall finish, not to mention a decent haul of UCI points, always useful for a rider in contract year. Just when everything seemed to be finally on track, however, Williams was forced out of the race, a victim of the cluster of COVID-19 cases that ripped through the peloton that week. He can smile about it now, but at the time it must have been maddening.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.