Tour de France stage one LIVE: Bilbao to Bilbao


Here’s the highest ten on the stage 

1. Adam Yates in 4-22-49

2. Simon Yates +4 seconds

3. Tadej Pogačar +12 seconds

4. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)

5. Michael Woods (Israel-PremierTech)

6. Victor Lafay (Cofidis)

7. Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe)

8. Mattias Skjelmose (Lidl-Trek)

9. Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma)

10. David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) all identical time 

Speaking to organisers on the end line, Adam Yates may be very a lot downplaying his place as co-leader and insisting he’ll stay a help rider for Tadej Pogačar. 

It’s the dream state of affairs for UAE Team Emirates, who maybe weren’t as seen as Jumbo-Visma throughout the day however who had the suitable riders in the suitable locations on the proper moments. 

Tadej Pogačar in the meantime crossed the road like he had gained the stage. With third place, he took 4 seconds on Jonas Vingegaard and made a critical assertion that he’s going fairly effectively himself. 

UAE talked up Adam Yates as co-leader of the staff earlier than the beginning of the race, and on as we speak’s proof the Brit is in advantageous type. 

I ponder what conversations (if any) went on between Adam and Simon inside the ultimate few kilometres. It regarded like a good struggle to the road and Simon simply did not have the legs. 

What an astonishing opening to this yr’s Tour…

Adam Yates wins stage one of the 2023 Tour de France! 

His brother Simon simply dropped again with just a few hundred metres to go. Tadej Pogačar leads the chasing bunch for third place. 

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They’re dancing within the streets of Bury! 

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The champagne bottles are being shaken up in Lancashire. Simon simply begins to drop again from Adam… 

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I feel they’ve this… do they begin enjoying video games?!

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Under the flamme rouge and the Yates brothers have 20 seconds!

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The Yates brothers are working effectively collectively and so they nonetheless have 16 seconds on the Jumbo led chase. Can they maintain on!? They would possibly simply do that, … 

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It’s recreation over for Van der Poel, Alaphilippe, Pidcock and lots of the pre-stage favourites. They sit in a bunch 45 seconds again. 

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It’s all in now for Adam and Simon Yates; how will this effort go away them for the little rise to the road with one kilometre to go? 

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An interesting early present of type so early on within the Tour. Jumbo-Visma – together with Wout Van Aert – are working exhausting to drag again the Yates brothers. They have a handful of seconds. 

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Well effectively, that answered that query: it was a GC race in any case.

Now it is the 2 Yates twins – Adam and Simon – who’re collectively off the entrance!

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It’s Victor Lafay who’s the Cofidis rider, he is having the trip of his life. He has simply Pogačar and Vingegaard for firm. 

Over the highest it is a handful of seconds that separate the splinters of the lead group, which can effectively coalesce earlier than the end.  

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A quick assault from Mathieu Burgaudeau (TotalEnergies) comes to nought as Adam Yates leads the favourites up the brutally steep Côte de Pike. He has dragged three different riders clear – Pogačar, Vingegaard and one rider from Cofidis – on the steepest a part of the climb. 

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Full-on lead-out manoeuvres for Jumbo-Visma into the ultimate climb and the Dutch staff are burning by way of their domestiques. Meanwhile UAE rider Felix Grossschartner has ridden so exhausting that he has dropped his staff chief Tadej Pogačar together with the remainder of the peloton. Your transfer, Jumbo. 

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This is the Tour de France first stage now we have come to anticipate. It’s annoying, it is messy, there’s confusion and there are crashes. 

Jumbo-Visma continues to be in management because the peloton approaches this final climb. The cameras in the reduction of to a dejected Enric Mas, who certainly is aware of his GC ambitions – and fairly possible his race, going by his expression – are over earlier than they even started. 

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Oh no! A crash on the quick descent sends Enric Mas (Movistar) and Richard Carapaz (EF Education-EasyPost) to the deck. 

Both are up and transferring but it surely’s not wanting good for both of them by way of persevering with within the race. That can be an enormous blow for these two groups to lose their GC riders so early. 

All fingers on deck on stage one of the 2023 Tour

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Neilson Powless (EF Education-EasyPost) nabs the 5 factors on the high of the climb, which roughly ensures him the polka dot jersey on the finish of the day. Georg Zimmermann (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty) was a cool buyer in his wheel however could not kick exhausting sufficient to get across the American. 

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Now it is Jumbo-Visma’s flip to play. An ominous cohort of yellow and black jerseys coalesces round Jonas Vingegaard on the entrance of the bunch whereas the inscrutable Dylan van Baarle (within the pink, white and blue of Dutch nationwide champion) leads them on. 

Mikkel Bjerg, by the way in which, is completed for the day. Also out the again: Biniam Grmay and Pello Bilbao, together with many others. 

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Tadej Pogačar sends his UAE Team Emirates domestique Mikkel Bjerg to the entrance and the Dane units an infernal tempo. His goal should certainly be to put the heavier riders below stress and in the meanwhile, it appears to be working. The peloton is stretched out in one lengthy line however Jonas Vingegaard has Dylan van Baarle and Wout Van Aert for firm. 

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The cream is rising to the highest as we method the penultimate climb. We catch a glimpse of Mathieu van der Poel for the primary time as we speak; they’re racing this like the top of a one-day Classic. 

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The groups are executing a coverage of mutually assured aggression in the meanwhile; using exhausting on the entrance as a result of everyone else is using exhausting on the entrance. Bit by bit, the tempo appears to ramp up and the hassle begins to seem on the riders’ faces. 

That’s the primary of the ultimate three climbs accomplished with; 10km and so they begin climbing the second class Côte de Vivero. 

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The bunch is absolutely beginning to string out now because the tempo on the entrance intensifies. EF Education-EasyPost riders James Shaw and Magnus Cort transfer to the entrance. Biniam Grmay (Intermarché) is effectively positioned. UAE Team Emirates additionally transfer up en masse in a present of power. 

At the opposite finish, the possible names are starting to drop again, together with Mark Cavendish and Alexander Kristoff. 

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Big crowds on the ultimate climb! 

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The peloton has made the catch and the breakaway is absorbed on the flat roads main into the ultimate trio of climbs. 

So… cease watching the cricket and switch your consideration to the Tour de France. Who will make the subsequent transfer? 

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If the honours of successful the stage aren’t sufficient, there are bonus seconds on provide on the ultimate climb and once more on the end. 

10, 6 and 4 seconds go to the highest three on the stage, with a further 8, 5 and 2 up for grabs for the primary three over the ultimate climb. 

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It’s been a really calm begin to the Tour de France to date, significantly when one considers the standard rigidity and crashes which have characterised the opening levels in years passed by. Who can overlook Omi-Opi in 2021… 

With that in thoughts, it could be no shock to see the riders hit warp pace as soon as these final climbs come into sight. It must be a quick and livid remaining hour. 

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The subsequent 15 kilometres are going to be essential ones for the peloton as riders and groups begin to struggle for place going into the finale. Three categorised climbs pepper the final 45km, with little or no let up between them. 

The breakaway is holding off the peloton at 23 seconds whereas Alexey Lutsenko (Astana-Qazaqstan) is a minute additional again following a motorbike change. 

Didi the devil

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The completely happy sight of Didi the Devil cavorting round in his pink onesie greets the riders as then enter the final two hours of racing. 

The peloton has been winding within the breakaway as extra groups transfer to the entrance and assemble in help of their protected riders. Groupama-FDJ and Jayco-AlUla are the newest to take their locations. 

The hole is now hovering at round 25 seconds. 

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The first signal that nerves and fatigue are constructing within the peloton as Torstein Træen (Uno-X) comes to grief in a bit tumble. He’s again up and using. 

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One rider who undoubtedly wasn’t within the intermediate dash was Wout Van Aert. His eyes are very a lot on the stage win – and yesterday he set a brand new Strava KoM on the ultimate climb, the Pike Bidea (or Côte de Pike in Tour converse). 

Coming with 9.6km to go, that is what is going to little doubt resolve who battles for the stage. As ever, the profile solely tells half the story. Some of the hairpins are a lot steeper than 15%… 

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After choosing up some KoM factors, Pascal Eenkhoorn grinds out the utmost factors within the intermediate dash in Guernica from the breakaway. 

A shocking variety of riders within the peloton have an interest within the dash behind – Mads Pedersen (Lidl-Trek), Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) and Peter Sagan (TotalEnergies) all look to have loved stretching their legs. Mark Cavendish up there too. 

Jai Hindley at the official teams presentation of the 2023 Tour de France in Bilbao

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Beyond Pogačar and Vingegaard, who else ought to we glance out for as we speak within the struggle for the yellow jersey? 

Take a have a look at CW’s type information to the general favourites at this yr’s Tour de France. 

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The five-man break continues to be at 1:30 as we method the intermediate dash at Guernica. 

You know what? I feel I’ll put the Basque Country on my record of locations to go to. It seems to be implausible. 

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Pascal Eenkhoorn mops up the 2 factors on the Côte de San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. Gruppo compatto within the peloton behind.

I get the sensation that the large weapons are protecting their powder dry for the large finale of this stage. All this fixed climbing will all add up and no one desires any early efforts to come again to hang-out them. 

Nice to see the British nationwide champion’s jersey on the shoulders of Fred Wright at this yr’s Tour.

Fred is one of seven Brits on this yr’s race, together with Adam Yates, Simon Yates, Ben Turner, Tom Pidcock, Mark Cavendish and James Shaw. 

Shaw, 27, is making his Tour debut this yr after an ideal trip on the Critérium du Dauphiné in June. It’s been a protracted and winding street for the EF Education-EasyPost rider. 

He spoke to CW‘s Tom Thewlis forward of the race, saying that he got here again from the Dauphiné “in the best shape I’ve ever been in.” 

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The ikurrina flags of the Basque Country fluttering because the breakaway passes by way of. A comparatively calm opening to the stage to date – about 10km to go earlier than the subsequent categorised climb of the day, the Côte de San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (3.5km at 7.6%). 

Two extra KoM factors on provide on the high to the primary excessive. 

Pretty good nickname, the Tractor. 

Cycling has at all times been an ideal sport for nicknames. The Badger, the Professor, the Cobra, the Tashkent Terror, the Cricket, Spartacus, the Sheriff, the Cannibal, Old Leatherhead, the Pirate… the record goes on. 

Julio Jimenéz, aka the Watchmaker of Ávila, has at all times been a private fave.

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All the large gamers are staying vigilant on the entrance of the peloton because the break maintains its lead of round 1:25

Jumbo-Visma and Ineos Grenadiers are current in numbers, with UAE tucked in behind them. 

Alpecin-Deceuninck have a rider up entrance in Silvan Dillier, simply serving to to hold issues below management for Mathieu van der Poel. 

Then course there’s Tim ‘the Tractor’ Declercq, the Soudal-QuickStep breakaway killer pulling the peloton alongside as he will probably be for a lot of the remaining three weeks. He’s obtained Julian Alaphilippe to work for as we speak. 

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Loads of followers out on the roadside, as you’ll anticipate. The Basque Country is a spot that basically loves and appreciates its bike racing. 

Earlier we talked about native rider Pello Bilbao. He will probably be donating a 1€ for each rider he beats through the levels of this yr’s Tour to a reforestation undertaking. 

The fundraising is a superb tribute to his late teammate Gino Mäder, who carried out an analogous fundraising effort on the 2021 Vuelta a España. 

Jonas Gregaard leads the break over the primary categorised climb of the day; that is shaping up to be a ding-dong battle between the breakaway riders to snap up the early factors within the King of the Mountains classification and finish the day within the polka-dot jersey 

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For all that anticipation, the break appears to have gone clear on the first alternative. Five riders are 1:30 up the street, and right here they’re:

Lilian Calmejane (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty), Jonas Gregaard (Uno-X), Simon Guglielmi (Arkéa-Samsic), Pascal Eenkhoorn (Lotto Dstny), Valentin Ferron (TotalEnergies). 

And they’re off!

Christian Prudhomme waves his flag from the highest of the pink Skoda and the assaults begin to fly. 

It’s simply 14km to the highest of the day’s first categorised climb: the Côte de Laukiz (2.2km at 6.9%). 

Thanks for becoming a member of us as we speak, by the way in which. I’m Richard Abraham and I’ll be kicking off CW’s dwell protection of this yr’s Tour. 

You can tweet me your questions and feedback @rabrahamcycling

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The riders have lined up in the beginning line in Bilbao and are rolling, the 2023 Tour de France is formally underway! 

Just a 25 minute neutralised zone earlier than the flag drops. 

Of course, this isn’t at all times with out incident. Chris Froome crashed within the impartial kilometres on the primary stage of the 2013 Tour. Things turned out alright for him that yr, although. 

Tour de France 2023 stage one map

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It’s typical Basque climate in Bilbao as we speak – damp and gray – and the riders will probably be on basic Basque roads. 

Here’s the map for as we speak’s stage. Besides the ups and downs, there will probably be fixed twists and turns alongside slick asphalt. It will make for a really nervy begin in a really nervy bunch. 

Pello Bilbao

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One of the favourites for as we speak’s stage, nonetheless, is final native rider Pello Bilbao.

I imply, he is obtained the identical title as the beginning and end city AND he was born simply down the street in Guernica, the place the stage’s intermediate dash will probably be contested. 

Pello lately spoke to the media about his hopes for the stage

“When you have opportunities at the Tour you take it. Sometimes you need to hold your horses, but this year, with this first week, we’re going to see a lot of racing. The first or second stage is already a chance to take the yellow jersey”

Tadej Pogačar

Despite that wrist damage that has seen him race simply two days since April, Tadej Pogačar additionally recognises that there are actual alternatives to be seized within the opening levels of this yr’s Tour. 

Twenty days can be a very long time to defend the yellow jersey, thoughts… 

Of course we already know that the 2023 Tour will probably be, within the phrases of the race director Christian Prudhomme, “one for the climbers.”

Today is a stage the place the important thing GC favourites – Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogačar chief amongst them – may have to be alert and on their guard. 

Speaking forward of the race, defending champion Vingegaard mentioned he expects his Slovenian rival to assault early on within the race. 

Good morning and welcome to the dwell protection of as we speak’s opening stage of the 2023 Tour de France.

One of probably the most hotly anticipated days of the biking yr is upon us. Who will win the primary stage and don the primary yellow jersey of the Tour de France?

Looking at as we speak’s stage profile, I feel we are able to say that it will not be a sprinter. There’s barely a metre of flat street. 

Tour de France 2023 stage 1 profile

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