Tour de France 2023: Five unconventional predictions

Never mind who will win the general classification, here's five wild predictions for what will and won't happen this July

Tadej Pogacar and Mikkel Bjerg at the teams presentation
(Image credit: Getty)

After months of build up, the 2023 edition of the Tour de France finally gets underway in the Basque Country this weekend.

Ahead of the opening stage, a hilly circuit around Bilbao, Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) has vowed to attack, whereas Jonas Vingegaard dismissed the Slovenians attempts at mind games and shrugged off being labelled the favourite for overall victory. 

Many of the Basque locals will be backing their man Pello Bilbao of Bahrain Victorious for the victory whereas British hopes lie on the shoulders of Tom Pidcock. Whatever happens, there’s bound to be fireworks and watching on at home you can expect the unexpected.

With that said, here are Cycling Weekly’s five unconventional predictions for this year’s edition of the French Grand Tour.

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Tom Thewlis

Tom has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

Since joining the team, he has reported from some of professional cycling's biggest races and events including the Tour de France and the World Championships in Glasgow. He has also covered races elsewhere across the world. 

As well as on the ground reporting, Tom writes race reports from the men's and women's WorldTour and helps with coverage of UK domestic cycling. 


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