The Tour of Guangxi marked the end of the 2023 season, with UAE Team Emirates winning the overall…
Jumbo-Visma continues to impress in the 2023 season, today making a huge leap towards a La Vuelta GC win with their three team leaders Jonas Vingegaard, Sepp Kuss and Primož Roglič finishing 1-2-3 on the Col du Tourmalet, while their main threat Remco Evenepoel lost 27 minutes on the stage and ended his GC hopes.
With only a month and a half to go until the end of the season, we can see clear trends in the rankings. UAE Emirates is destined to win the annual ranking thanks to its great competitiveness in almost every race on the calendar. In addition, there is a clear divide between the top 18 teams and the rest, which puts Arkéa and Astana in a delicate situation in just the first year of the triennium.
Jonas Vingegaard performed exceptionally well at the beginning of this third week of the Tour de France, winning the time-trial on Stage 16 with one of the greatest performances of all time, and on the Queen Stage the next day being the fastest from the GC group. In this article we will take a look at both performances, that have practically ended this year's Tour de France GC fight.
This June we have had the races before the Tour de France with almost all the stars of the peloton racing that were not injured or recovering after the Giro d'Italia. UAE Team Emirates and Jumbo-Visma have continued to share most of the victories at WorldTour level and the fight to win the team ranking is still very tight. Below them, Uno-X have managed to overtake TotalEnergies and could get the automatic wildcards to the WorldTour classics next season for the first time in their history.
The Giro d'Italia finally delivered some action in the GC group on Stage 16 with a powerful initial attack from Joao Almeida and counter from Geraint Thomas putting huge pressure on Primož Roglič. Almeida took the stage on the same time as Thomas who did perhaps his best climbing performance whilst the Slovenian was rescued by Sepp Kuss to lose 'only' 25 seconds.
In this article I will analyse possible strategies, performances and likely outcomes on the climbs of Paris Nice and Tirreno Adriatico, while taking into account the circumstances of the non climbing stages. A similar piece for the Volta a Catalunya will follow in the coming weeks. All watt estimations are calculated using standard values for wind, draft, temperature and etalon weight of 60kg.
The 2022 cycling season was full of top level climbing performances with many records broken and new climbers bursting onto the scene. The list of Top 10 climbing performances of 2022 was dominated by Evenepoel and Vingegaard but will the same riders dominate the long ascents in WorldTour races in 2023?
The ratio of a rider's watts produced per kilogram of bodyweight (w/kg) is the key metric which determines how fast they can ride uphill. We analyse and compare climbing performances primarily based on estimated w/kg, while also taking into account other factors such as altitude or spent kj/kg/h before the climb. Naturally, many questions regarding our calculation of watts, the accuracy, power meters, etalon standard watts have arisen, which we will try to clarify here.
Volta a Valenciana ended with a huge upset from veteran Rui Costa who not only won the final stage but also the overall thanks to his exploits in a cat and mouse final few kilometres. In this article, we will analyse in particular = the decisive climb, La Frontera (5.1 km, 9.22%), where the best climbers rode away from the peloton after an hour of racing, doing great watts for early February and maybe even setting their all-time bests.