Sunday, July 2, 2023

Tour de France 2023

The 2023 Tour de France will be the 110th edition of the Tour de France. It will start in Bilbao, on 1 July and end with the final stage at Champs-Élysées, Paris, on 23 July.
UAE Team Emirates' Slovenian rider Tadej Pogacar (centre) and teammates cycle to the stage during the official teams presentation near the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in the Spanish Basque Country

22 teams are scheduled to take part in the race. All 18 UCI WorldTeams have been automatically invited. They were joined by 4 UCI ProTeams: the two highest placed UCI ProTeams in 2022 (Lotto–Dstny and Team TotalEnergies), along with Uno-X Pro Cycling Team and Israel–Premier Tech who were selected by Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), the organisers of the Tour. The teams were announced on 4 January 2023.

Tadej Pogacar

In January 2022, Amaury Sport Organisation announced that the Basque Country in Spain would host the Grand Départ. It was the second time that the Basque Country hosted the Tour's start, following the 1992 edition. 

In October 2022, the full route was announced by Christian Prudhomme. The Tour will return to the Puy de Dôme for the first time since 1988. The route includes only 22.4 kilometres (13.9 mi) of time trial, the least since the 2015 edition.

The 22 teams received a loud reception on their parade in downtown Bilbao. Starting in front of the landmark Guggenheim Museum with the tension tangible as riders warmed up beneath low hanging black clouds with the peculiar hills straddling the horizon.

Many berets all over town; on the heads of riders, spectators and the Ertzaintza (local Basque Police). 

Thanks Bro & Mammoth

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