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Meet Vegard Stake Laengen, Tadej Pogačar’s right-hand man at Grand Tours

Which rider has been part of the UAE Team Emirates squad in every Tour de France that Tadej Pogačar has ridden? No, not Mikkel Bjerg or Matteo Trentin. Not even Rafał Majka. The answer – and it’s possible you’ve never really heard of him – is Vegard Stake Laengen.

Professional cycling is full of riders like Stake Laengen, riders who fly under the radar yet perform incredibly important tasks. The Norwegian, who is currently riding the Giro d’Italia alongside Pogačar, is not there by accident or is merely filling a spot.