Tour de France gallery: Week two
Look back at the best pictures the Grubers took during week two of the Tour
Jered and Ashley Gruber are cycling’s finest photographers.
For over a decade, their creative vision has defined and redefined how fans, commentators, and the racers themselves see our sport. Last year, the Grubers received a World Sports Photography Award. Their internationally acclaimed, published and prized work transcends genres. They are here with us at the Tour de France. Enjoy their photos from the second week.
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When Neilson Powless started racing X-Terra triathlons with his sister back home in Northern California, he just wanted to spend time outside and rip around the trails near his house. His first love was mountain-biking. It was his best discipline in those off-road triathlons, and when he got to high-school, there were all sorts of chances for him to compete in California’s mountain-bike league. Soon, he was travelling with the US national team, racing junior world cups and championships against the world’s most talented mountain-bikers. Race in and race out, Neilson proved he was one of them.
Then he decided he wanted to have a go on the road.
Neilson has progressed steadily since he turned pro in 2018, thanks to his hard-work and diligent approach to training. In 2020, Neilson Powless became the first tribally recognized Native North American to race the Tour de France. The next year, our rising American star won Spain’s greatest one-day race, the Clásica San Sebastián, and finished fifth at the world championships in Belgium. Neilson was stellar in 2022. After a strong campaign in the Ardennes, he finished fourth on GC at the Tour de Suisse and lit up the Tour de France. He finished the year off with a victory at the Japan Cup.
This year has been his best yet. Neilson won his first race of 2023: the Grand Prix Cycliste de Marseille. He then won the overall at Étoile de Bèsseges and stormed the Flemish classics, finishing third at Dwars door Vlaanderen and fifth at De Ronde in his debut campaign on the cobbles. Neilson now has his sights set on the Tour de France.
Neilson lives in Nice, France with his wife during the racing season. He enjoys exploring their new city and relaxing on the beach after hard rides through the Alps.
If he can find time in his schedule, Neilson would like to get back to his roots, and do some off-road alternative racing in 2023.
There will soon be a Colombian show about Rigoberto Urán’s life. It will be about more than Olympic medals and grand tour podiums, fashion shoots, and appearances in the celebrity pages of newspapers.
Rigoberto’s dad was killed by a paramilitary group three months after he introduced Rigo to cycling. Rigo was 14. All of a sudden, he had to work to support his mom and his sister. He took over his dad’s job, selling lottery tickets to support his family, while going to school and trying to race. He still won a lot.
At 16, it was too much. Rigo told his cycling team that he would either have to turn pro or quit and go back to selling lottery tickets. Technically, he was too young to become a professional. To get around that fact, the team offered his mother the contract. Three years later, Rigo traveled to Europe for the first time to race for a small Italian team.
He has never looked back. An Olympic silver medal and podium finishes at the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France are highlights from his illustrious career. Rigo is still a contender. Last year he won stage 17 of the Vuelta, completing his trifecta of stage wins in each of the grand tours, and was a force in the autumn classics.
Rigo continues to inspire his teammates and a whole generation of cyclists with his laid-back, fun-loving approach to the sport.
Alberto Bettiol has always been a winner. He started racing around the hills of Tuscany when he was five and won his second-ever race in his hometown of Castelfiorentino. He has been bringing home bouquets of flowers ever since.
His coaches and supporters always believed in his talent. Alberto was a strong junior and U23 rider, who signed his first professional contract with our team in 2014. But Alberto wanted to become a champion. He had grown up watching the classics and the Giro d’Italia with his father, a former footballer, and dreamed of winning the sport’s greatest races.
In 2019, he won his first Monument. Alberto’s victory in the Tour of Flanders that year changed his life. It gave him the confidence that he could beat the best riders in the world. He backed it up with an impressive string of results, including a stunning solo stage victory at the 2021 Giro d’Italia.
Last year, Alberto earned podium places on stages of the Tour de France, Tour de Suisse, and Deutschland Tour. For 2023, he has his sights set on the spring classics, which will always be his favourites.
Alberto now splits his time between Lugano, Switzerland and Castelfiorentino. He enjoys all of the opportunities to travel that cycling now provides him, but is always happy to return to the Tuscan hills where he got started.
James loves the places that his bike has taken him, the people he has met because of cycling, and the life lessons he’s learned through the sport. But what does he love most about cycling? Racing.
While James has achieved strong results as a GC rider, especially in 2021 at the Tour of Slovenia and the Tour of Norway, his favorite races are the Ardennes Classics. He is also a keen student of cycling history and finds pride and motivation in thinking about the riders who have come before him. James finished his first grand tour at the 2022 Vuelta and is excited for more.
Through the year, he lives in England’s Peak District. When he is home, James resets by taking his dogs for long walks on the moors and riding with old clubmates. His racing and training schedule is very busy, but whenever he has time, James hitches a trailer to his bike and goes bike packing.
Esteban came to cycling through duathlon as a young teenager. His dad registered him for the race and lent him a bike. For Esteban, it was love at first ride. He bought a bike shortly thereafter and hasn’t looked back. Today, the Colombian is one of the strongest riders in the peloton. His racing victories include Il Lombardia, the Giro dell’Emilia, three Giro d’Italia stages, two Vuelta a España stages, and most recently a stage at the 2021 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya.
While his results are impressive, Esteban has overcome hardships in his career. As a 22-year-old, he had a crash that nearly ended his career before he even signed his first WorldTour contract. Then in 2018, he was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr virus and chronic sinusitis. Throughout it all, Esteban maintained his warrior spirit and his signature smile.
Riding is about more than racing and achieving results for the Colombian, who is now in his second season with our team. In 2016, he began FUN Chaves, an organization that uses bikes as tools to help children in Colombia realize their dreams. For him, his career as a professional cyclist is proof that dreams do come true and he hopes to inspire others to follow their passions.
Andrey Amador brings experience and climbing prowess to our team in 2023. We will rely on the strong Costa Rican at key moments of the hardest races and learn all that we can from him. Andrey draws on 14 years of WorldTour experience. He has won a stage of the Giro and worn that race’s leader’s jersey, but above all made his name as a skilled and dedicated teammate, who is always ready to get the hard work done–with a smile.
Andrey has finished 17 grand tours so far during his career and ridden for some of cycling’s great champions.
He organises his own gran fondo back in Costa Rica. Whenever he has a free time, he heads to the sea to fish and relax.
Magnus Cort is one of cycling’s most respected professionals—a ruthless finisher who can climb and time trial. His rivals know he can win on almost any terrain and will push himself to great lengths when he sees an uncrossed finish line. At the end of a long, hard race, no one in the peloton wants to sprint against Magnus.
Magnus’s competitive spirit thrust him away from home when he was only 16. He had only been racing for a few years, when he moved from Bornholm, the windswept Danish island in the Baltic Sea where he was born and raised, to the Danish mainland to try to turn pro. Now in his ninth World Tour season, Magnus’ will to win is as strong as ever. In 2022, he won a stage of the Tour de France and led the King of the Mountains competition for seven stages. He started 2023 right where he left off. First he won two stages and the points competition at the Volta ao Algarve. Then, he won a stage at the Giro and completed his trifecta, with stage wins in all three grand tours. In all, Magnus has 26 victories to his name, including six stages of the Vuelta, two from the Tour de France, and now one from the Giro.
But cycling has always been about more than winning to Magnus. Ever since he was a kid, he has used his bike to explore. On Bornholm, Magnus would roam the dunes and rocky cliffs by the coast and explore the woods inland. His favourite rides are still long spins through the forest. When he has time off, Magnus will go hiking or ski touring in the mountains near his home in Andorra. Magnus has climbed Kilimanjaro with his mom and dad and his brother and sister. He goes back to Bornholm whenever he can and enjoys trekking across the island. Before long, he yearns to go racing again though.
To Magnus, nothing compares to sprinting across a finish line and throwing up his arms.