Tour de France
The Sky/INEOS project has had the largest team budget in cycling for years, however in 2022 the Grenadiers did not win a Grand Tour for the first time since 2014. In terms of the pinnacle of cycling, the Tour de France, they have not been close to victory for the last three years. Is that set to change in 2023? In this article we will analyse the team's countless GC riders and the prospects who they rely on to return the team to its glory days.
Tadej Pogačar again did a great climbing performance in the first mountain stage that finished on La Super Planche des Belles Filles, breaking Geraint Thomas' 2019 record by 19 seconds. However the Slovenian faced stiff competition from Jonas Vingegaard, who seems is capable of challenging the mighty Pogačar this year.
The mountains classification is always a great attraction of the Tour de France, especially when the fight for the general classification is not entertaining or exciting deep into the race. In this article, we will take a closer look at 2022 edition's scoring system, the tactics for winning it and who the favourites.
Le Tour de France features one of the hardest parcours in recent memory, with five mountain-top finishes and a special focus on longer ascents and high altitude. The most decisive climbs of the race, Col du Granon, Alpe d'Huez and Hautacam are all in the 35-40 minute range, a stark contrast to the 2021 edition, in which the race was decided on 25 minute climbs.
After Stage 8 of the Tour de France 2021, where defending champion, Tadej Pogačar crushed his competition on…