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Tour de France: Who is riding what on bikes in 2023?

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Over the course of its 21 stages, the 2023 Tour de France travels 3,404 kilometers (2,115 mi). 54 kilometres more than the Tour from the previous year.
The greater news is that there was only one 22.4km time trial this year, compared to two last year totaling 53km (including the Prologue). It contains a 2.5 km Cat 2 climb to the finish line with an average 9.4% grade and a 974 m elevation gain.

Individual time trials have always been held on the penultimate stage, However, this year they will take place on the Tuesday of the final week.

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It’s a remarkable move considering how a time trial may change the outcome, as in the Giro d’Italia in 2023, or cement it, as in the Tour de France last year.

This indicates that the road bikes of the teams are taking center stage. There is, as usual, some extremely glitzy technology on display, and we can anticipate that more will be shown in the weeks leading up to the Grand Départ and likely discovered by the keen-eyed as the race moves along.

Continue reading for a complete list of the bikes entered in the Tour de France this year, a description of the equipment each cycle is equipped with, and our selection of some of the new bikes and technology to look out for at the Tour de France in 2023.

With 22 teams of eight riders each, there will be 176 riders in the 2023 Tour de France peloton. Four lower-tier Pro Continental teams receive a wildcard invitation, while the 18 WorldTour teams are automatically invited to compete. 19 bike brands are represented amongst them.

Even if most of the brands are the same as in the previous race, that is a two-up on the Tour from the previous year. Due to wildcard invitations from Lotto-Dstny and Israel-Premier Tech, respectively, even Ridley and Factor, whose teams were demoted to UCI’s second division, are returning this year.

Bianchi, Look, and Dare are new bike brands for this year, and De Rosa is no longer available. As of 2022, Specialised still sponsors three teams, but Canyon reduces its sponsorship from three to two teams.

Bianchi was not present last year, but Arkéa-Samsic has him back. Its bikes were ridden by a who’s who of other elite riders, like Fausto Coppi, Felice Gimondi, and Marco Pantani, and it got its first race victory back in 1899, so it’s an honorable comeback for the company. On the other hand, De Rosa, a similarly well-known name from the history of cycling, has left the Tour.

What’s new in Tour de France technology?

Since the Tour de France of last year, Tadej Pogaar’s Colnago Prototipo, which finished in second place, has been redesigned as the Colnago V4Rs and is now available for review by us and purchase by anyone with enough money.

Similar to the Colnago, Team Cofidis’s new Look 795 Blade RS has been out in the open for months, but it was only just unveiled in June.

Although it differs from Look’s past pro-level race bikes, its profile is similar to many other pro bikes with front-end integration, aero tubes, and reduced seat stays.

The Canyon Aeroad has undergone additional minute modifications. Canyon has not yet released specifics, however, the tube profiles have been slightly altered, and the seat post clamp has been relocated from the back of the seat tube to the top of the top tube.

The Cannondale SuperSix EVO has undergone similar, yet major, improvements, with the fourth iteration of the bike being lighter and more aerodynamic while also being significantly more expensive in LAB71 format.

A new aero road bike from BMC, an update to the Factor O2 VAM, and a new aero bike from Ridley are among the other new bikes that are in the works.

The absence of any cables or brake hoses is one thing all of these bikes have in common. That’s partly because all currently used groupsets include wireless connections between the shifters and derailleurs.

Additionally, it’s because the brake lines only operate inside. Since they are always hydraulic, no matter how tight the turns or how complicated the routing is, there is never a loss of braking effectiveness.

The majority of wheels and tires are now tubeless.

In place of the professionals’ preferred tubular tires, almost all teams are now using tubeless tires. Beyond the absence of potentially addicting and carcinogenic solvents in the tub cement (more of a problem for the team mechanics than the riders), there are strong reasons for this.

According to Matej Mohori of Bahrain Victorious, tubeless technology can reduce rolling resistance by as much as 15 watts per tire. That’s a significant margin when paired with the newest aero wheel designs.

With sealant helping to deal with punctures, you’re also less likely to need a wheel swap at a vital stage of the race. However, unlike tubs, you can’t ride a flat tire to the finish line or as you wait for the team car to provide a wheel swap.

Even on the relatively smooth asphalt found on the Tour, 28mm tires are progressively replacing 25mm tires. Due to their smaller weight, riders frequently substitute time trial tires for road tires, despite the fact that they typically provide less puncture protection than the best road bike tires.

Astana-Qazaqstan is one team that has continued to use tubs, though it is in the process of switching from Corima wheels, which do not offer a tubeless rim, to HED, which does.

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