Jonas Vingegaard and doping accusations; feud at INEOS between Tom Pidcock and Carlos Rodríguez - New details emerge over 2023 Tour de France Netflix series

Tour de France: Unchained is coming out this weekend and the tension builds up towards the second season of the Netflix show that shows the behind-the-scenes of several 2023 Tour de France teams. New details have emerged regarding what to expect from the eight-episode series.

From what we know already, the series through it's two released trailers (on the 17th and 28th of May) is set to show the preparation of these teams including UAE Team Emirates and Team Visma | Lease a Bike and recovery of Tadej Pogacar following his scaphoid fracture suffered in a crash at Liège-Bastogne-Liège; but also drama within the team buses, most notably Wout van Aert who missed out on a win throughout the race and had a few lost opportunities. However, this will not be the only bus drama present in the series.

Le Parisien has had early access to the series that will come out in the 8th of June, and in a review it reveals news details of what will be present on the screens. The element of tragedy will very much be present, with the Tour taking place only a few weeks after the death of Gino Mäder, of which a few riders talk about. Ben O'Connor specifically being one of them, and the series also show a lot of tension and heated arguments between him and the AG2R team.

The most notable argument however perhaps is one that did not seem to come through the big screens at last year's race: Tom Pidcock and Carlos Rodríguez of INEOS Grenadiers. The British team, entering the race without an absolute leader, saw Pidcock grow into form and test himself as a possible GC contender - climbing as high as eighth after stage 10, but ultimately ending the race in 13th spot. Carlos Rodríguez finished fifth, but won stage 14 and on that day he was in the podium together with Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogacar. Pidcock was very irritated with the decision of INEOS to protect Rodríguez as the absolute priority and at the Grand Colombier he attacked against team orders.

The famous feud between Visma and Groupama-FDJ managers Richard Plugge and Marc Madiot was also tackled, regarding the comments of Plugge on the FDJ riders having beer during the race. The CEO of the Dutch team admits this was created to get the media to stop asking questions regarding Jonas Vingegaard and doping speculation following the stage 16 time-trial in which he put on an unbelievable performance. This came also because Madiot himself seems to insinuate that the Danish rider was not clean - to which Vingegaard himself also responds in this series.

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