CYCLING OKBET | Route Exhibition for the 2023 Tour de FranceOctober 28, 2022
ROAD NEWS : On Thursday afternoon, the courses for the 2023 editions of the Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes were revealed. Christian Prudhomme and Marion Rousse, the race directors for both events, were the ones responsible for revealing the specifics of the July stage races.
The occasion saw a lot of notable names come to Paris to find out what they would be competing in over the summer of 2019, including Double Tour winner Tadej Pogaar and the reigning Tour de France Femmes champion Annemiek van Vleuten. These two stars were the most prominent riders in attendance.
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The lengthy ceremony started with cyclists being presented by their achievements in the sport as they walked along the platform. This was followed by a series of speeches and a video highlight package of the 2022 events. Igo Urkullu, president of the Basque government, also gave a speech; the men’s Grand Départ will take place in his territory, which will host three phases of the competition.
The 2023 race routes were finally revealed by Prudhomme and Rousse after a significant amount of buildup. In the men’s race, the Puy de Dôme, the mountainous route, and the lack of time trialing made headlines. In the women’s race, on the other hand, the women are going to attempt the Col du Tourmalet for the first time before finishing their race with a 22-kilometer time trial in Pau. The men’s race made headlines because of the mountainous route and the lack of time trialing.
The presentation of the course was given precedence on the day despite the presence of celebrity names in attendance; riders just took their seats during the presentation before addressing to the press later on to provide their comments on the parcours.
Mark Cavendish, who is going for a record-breaking 35th stage victory at the next year’s race, and Marta Cavalli, who will be a co-leader at the French team FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope, were seated beside Pogaar and Van Vleuten. Cavendish’s goal is to win a stage for a record-breaking 35th time.
Cavendish predicted that there may be “seven or eight” possibilities to sprint throughout the Tour, but he also predicted that the beginning of the race would be the most difficult he had ever experienced in his professional career.
Pogaar, on the other hand, said that he enjoyed the course, which has a significant amount of ascent.
He said, “There is a lot of climbing, which is one of my favorite aspects about it.” “Especially the first and third weeks. It’s going to be enjoyable. It’s still a long way off, but I’m sure it will be another terrific Tour, and I’m looking forward to July of next year.”
According to the findings of Van Vleuten, the women’s parcours represents “an advance” on the first event in 2022.
She explained it by saying “Now with the time trial the course is more comprehensive, thus it is an improvement.” “I’m not afraid of those early phases, but they will be complicated, and you need to be focused. It will be challenging, and at times it will be difficult to handle, so I will also need my staff.”
Tom Pidcock, winner of the stage at Alpe d’Huez for the Ineos Grenadiers, was also there, as were the French talents Juliette Labous (Team DSM) and David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ), as well as past green jersey winner Michael Matthews (BikeExchange-Jayco).
Audrey Cordon-Ragot, who rides for Trek-Segafredo, Valentin Madouas, who rides for Groupama-FDJ, Alexey Lutsenko, who rides for Astana Kazakhstan, Elise Chabbey, who rides for Canyon-SRAM, and Greg Van Avermaet, who rides for AG2R Citroen, were all in attendance to see the presentation.