Tour de France 2023: A form guide to the general classification favourites

How do the favourites compare as they finally stand shoulder to shoulder on the eve of the Tour de France?

Tadej Pogacar greets journalists at a pre Tour de France press conference
(Image credit: Tim de Waele / Getty)

The long wait is over once again. For many riders, and fans, this is the race that matters, the race they have focused on throughout the dreary, overcast months of late winter and early spring. For those riders, every cold, wet training ride; every interminable interval session, has led up to this point – the Tour de France Grand Départ in Bilbao.

We've seen them race; we've heard them talk the Tour up, or perhaps play it down; we've seen them crash too. But all of that is now but a noise fading into the background. It's time to let the legs do the talking... so how are those legs doing?

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