Unfolding The Excitement of Tour de France 2023
A New Chapter in Cycling History
The wait is finally over as we turn our attention to the 2023 Tour de France. This legendary cycling event kicks off on Saturday, July 1, and the scenic roads of Bilbao are sure to serve up an adrenaline-filled treat on Stage 1. Unlike the traditional prologue or simple bunch sprint, the first day of this tour features a hilly route with 3,300m of vertical gain, promising an exhilarating start to the competition.
The route to and from Bilbao includes the steep Pike Bidea climb, just 10km from the finish line, with an average gradient of 10% over 2km. Preceded by the Vivero climb, these two tests often spice up the finale of the Circuito de Getxo race. It’s important to note that we won’t see a typical fast finish to decide the race’s first yellow jersey. With Stage 2 also being a hilly affair to San Sebastian, we are not likely to see a bunch sprint until the race enters France and finishes at Bayonne on day three.
Following the Event
For fans and enthusiasts alike who wish to follow the opening stage in Spain, every stage of the 2023 Tour de France will be broadcast in full. You can watch ad-free, with a lineup of experienced pundits to guide viewers through the race. The pre and post-race show will be hosted by a seasoned presenter, with a team of experts providing insightful commentary. Fans can also expect to be brought closer to the action with live updates from the race.
Leading the field at the Tour are notable cyclists, with many eyes on the bid to break existing records. The event will undoubtedly be a thrilling display of talent and endurance. Other significant events to look forward to include the Giro d’Italia and La Vuelta, which will conclude this year’s Grand Tour season. The race in Spain will feature six flat stages, two more flat stages with high altitude finishes, four hilly stages, seven mountain stages, a team time trial, and an individual time trial.
The Race for Red
The Vuelta for the fourth consecutive year will see some of the best in the field, including a Slovenian cyclist aiming for a win. Young and experienced riders alike will have their rivals keeping a close watch on them during this year’s race. Among the favourites is a recent Giro victor, who will be lining up alongside the other favourites. A young Ineos Grenadiers team will also be led by a seasoned cyclist.
La Vuelta 2022
La Vuelta 2022 runs from Friday, August 19 to Sunday, September 12. A whopping 3280.5km is on the menu in Spain, featuring seven mountain stages, four hilly stages, and the return of the much-loved team time trial. Each stage will be broadcast, with uninterrupted coverage available.
The 2023 Tour de France promises to be an exciting event, filled with thrilling contests, stunning routes, and a showcase of exceptional talent. Whether you’re a long-time fan or new to the world of professional cycling, this event offers a unique blend of sport and spectacle that’s not to be missed. Mark the dates, tune in, and join the excitement of the 2023 Tour de France.
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