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TDF 2023 – Which Race are you Watching?


The week earlier than the Tour De France is all the time an thrilling week. Nonetheless, there appears to be greater than the standard pre-race discussions across the largest bike race on the planet.

So which race inside a race are you wanting ahead to…

Pogacar ‘V’ Vingegaard

The battle for the Tour De France normal classification must be an actual tussle between Pogacar and Vingegaard. Whereas Vingegaard has regarded good within the lead up, Tadej Pogacar has been recovering from a fractured wrist which he sustained at Liege Bastogne Liege. Nonetheless, there are a number of ‘notable possibles’ who might additionally determine on the rostrum, ought to the 2 favourites falter. These embrace; Egan Bernal, Ben O’Connor, Jai Hindley, Enric Mas, Tom Pidcock, Mikel Landa, Richard Carapaz and French hope, David Gaudu.

Ben O’Connor

Cavendish ‘V’ Merckx

Can Mark Cavendish get the win to nudge forward of Eddy Merckx for the all-time, stage win report? Whereas we acquired a glimpse of classic Cavendish brilliance on stage 21 of the Giro D’Italia, will he be capable to win towards the riders who didn’t journey in Italy, resembling Caleb Ewan? Together with his mixture of crafty-ness, expertise and velocity, you in all probability wouldn’t guess towards him.

MVP ‘V’ WVA

Whereas they’re solely separated in age by a couple of months, they’re additionally fairly evenly matched when it comes to biking expertise and main wins. The pair have generated a basic rivalry inside bike racing. As a result of their on-going tally of wins is pretty evenly matched, the Matheui van der Poel and Wout van Aert present continues so as to add gasoline to the unstable rivalry between biking followers from Belgium and the Netherlands.

Matheui van der Poel (left)

Pidcock ‘V’ ???

Tom Pidcock’s Tour De France debut in 2022 featured an impressed journey to victory on high of Alpe d’Huez. The truth that he was sixteenth general, whereas supporting chief Geraint Thomas, would level to thrilling potentialities from the Leeds rider. Dare we dream of the primary English born Tour De France winner…

Anniemiek van Vleuten

Van Vleuten ‘V’ Vollering

Final 12 months’s Tour De France Femme offered an actual showcase for Netherlands rider, Anniemiek Van Vleuten, to exhibit her absolute domination in highway biking. The 2023 season has seen Demi Vollering ruling within the Classics, can she get the higher of Anniemiek van Vleuten on the Tour De France Femme? This 12 months’s 956k route begins in Clermont-Ferrand on July twenty third, ought to present a troublesome take a look at for the very best riders on the planet.

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