The route of the 2023 Tour de France has been announced. Like a gift that’s been wrapped and placed under the Christmas tree, we can see the outline today but it’s only later that everyone gets to play with it. In the meantime let’s give it a shake to try and get a better feel of what lies inside for July.
With the 2022 season done, time to look ahead. So here’s the pro cycling calendar for 2023, free to download for your diary or phone.
It’s packed with all the men’s and women’s pro races. So whether you’re making plans for next season, want to visit a race, or just need book sofa time or plan a work “meeting”, here it is…
With the Tour of Langkawi done, for the sake of completion here’s the last of the weekly updates. We can now process all the rankings and now comes the admin part for the UCI. There are several parts here.
The route of the 2023 Giro d’Italia was unveiled and here’s a closer stage-by-stage look.
A look at the accounts for the Ag2r Citroën team. The arrival of the car maker Citroën has given big boost to the budget and thanks to the published accounts we can see exactly how much they got, an even how much it cost them to land this blue-chip backer.
The die is cast, there are only five races left to go and not enough points left for Lotto-Soudal or Israel-PremierTech to perform a miracle. They’re relegated arithmetically, now things are in the hands of the UCI and its Licence Commission.
The last big race of the season and one of the most beautiful courses, Il Lombardia often has a wistful feel, the anticipation of a great race on a fine course but the nagging feeling that it’s all about to end.
This Saturday’s edition promises plenty with Tadej Pogačar and Jonas Vingegaard among the top contenders.
Remco Evenepoel is going nowhere, at least when it comes to his contractual future. But the story of interest from Ineos is revealing as making it public can destabilise things, the mere act of having to say he’s staying put is awkward just when his programme for 2023 is being decided and has generated a lot of column inches in Belgium. The plan seems to be the Giro but of course the Tour is a temptation.
With two weeks of the season to go there’s a wide gap for Lotto-Soudal and Israel-PremierTech to close, but now feel like stragglers far behind the peloton.
US President Joe Biden might have just declared the pandemic is over but for pro cyclists it certainly isn’t.
The sport’s adopted a set of rules to address the issues of racing with Covid but regardless of these protocols and despite everyone’s best efforts, the virus seems here to stay for a while and remains a chronic concern for athletes. Now worrying about bike racing feels like a narrow, almost petty focus, but given this is a cycling blog rather than a public health forum, we’ll stick with that.