The 10 most relevant segments of the Tour de France for Strava

Bilbao is already preparing to host this coming Saturday, July 1, the great start of the Tour de France 2023 in an edition that will have one of the most demanding beginnings in memory with two days full of heights through the geography of Euskadi before entering French soil.

The social network Strava, Official Ride Partner of the Tour de France and the Women’s Tour de France with Zwift, has published its road book to follow the Tour de France and in which 58 emblematic segments are also collected, of which 10 stand out that could be decisive when deciding the race. Here’s a look at the top ten Strava segments to watch during the Tour de France.

Pike Bidea (Stage 1, Saturday July 1)

The rise will be The first great decisive mountain difficulty of the Tour de France very close to the Bilbao finish line with its 1.86 kilometers at 9.8%. American Sean Bennettalready retired, has the best time on the climb with 5:26 since he climbed it at the Getxo Circuit in 2022, although everything indicates that he will lose the KOM.

Jaizkibel (Stage 2, Sunday July 2)

The ascent to Jaizkibel, a classic of the San Sebastián Clásica, will be the last obstacle between the cyclists and the arrival in San Sebastián at Zurriola beach. Many cyclists know the slope of Lezo, usual in the Klasikoa, but few the Hondarribia slope, which will be climbed on this occasion with its 8 kilometers at 5.3%. The former cyclist David López He has the best time with a record of 17:59 in the Tour of the Basque Country 2016.

Col de Marie Blanque (Stage 5, Wednesday July 5)

The ascent to the Col de Marie Blanque will be the last major obstacle of the first day of the Pyrenees on the way to Laruns in a ascent with 7.7 kilometers at 8.6%. The Col de Marie Blanque returns to the Tour three years later and, on that occasion, the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar achieved the best time on the climb with a record of 22:24 in a stage where he had a face-to-face duel with Primoz Roglic in search of some bonuses at the top that will also be distributed in this edition, and in a day in which ‘Pogi’ achieved the first of his nine stage victories in the Tour de France.

Tourmalet (Stage 6, Thursday, July 6)

The second great day of the Pyrenees will feature one of the great giants of the Tour: the Tourmalet, which will be climbed by the slope of La Mongie with its 16.7 kilometers at 7.4%. An ascent in which the Frenchman David Gaudu He achieved the best time on the 2021 Tour with a record of 47:35.

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Côte de Condat-sur-Vienne (Stage 8, Saturday July 8)

The ascent to this level will determine if there will be a sprint or not in Limoges. An ascent of 1.24 kilometers at 5.4% in which the KOM is held by a figure on the track: the French scratch champion Nicolas Hamon with a time of 2:29

Grand Colombier (Stage 13, Friday July 14)

The ascent of the Jura massif will be the finishing touch to a day marked by the national holiday of France. A new colossus of the Tour, with its 17.1 kilometers at 7.1%, which returns to the race three years after it was conquered by Tadej Pogacar in the 2020 Tour with a time of 45:37in a day in which he also took the stage victory.

Joux Plane (Stage 14, Saturday July 15)

Another port that is presumed decisive in the Tour de France both for the climb and for its subsequent rapid and dangerous descent on the way to Morzine. A climb of 11.5 kilometers at 8.5% in which the Australian Jack Haig has the best time with 34:58 when this port was ascended in the Criterium du Dauphiné 2021.

Saint Gervais Mont-Blanc (Stage 15, Sunday July 16)

The short but demanding climb to the Le Bettex station, in Saint-Gervais, at the foot of Mont Blanc, will put the finishing touch on the first week of the race. A climb of 6.96 kilometers at 7.6% in which the German Emanuel Buchmann has the best time since 2018 with a record of 19:02.

Côte de Domancy (Stage 16, Tuesday July 18)

The Côte de Domancy story, which saw Bernard Hinault win what many consider the toughest World Championship in history in 1980, will be the protagonist of the only time trial of this Tour. A 2.4km climb at 9% in which Sepp Kuss has the fastest time since the 2020 Dauphiné Criterium, in a stage in which he would also end up taking the victory, with a record of 6:24.

Col du Platzerwatsel (Stage 20, Saturday July 22)

The climb to the Col du Platzerwasel will be the last great port of the Tour de France and the one in charge of deciding who will be the virtual winner of the Tour before the triumphal ride through Paris. A 7-kilometre port at 8.2% in which the professional ex-cyclist Julien Antomarchi has the best time since he achieved it in the 2015 Tour of Alsace with a record of 21:51.

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