In the world of cycling, the Tour de France is one of the most prestigious and highly anticipated events of the year. Each edition of this iconic three-week race brings exciting moments of rivalry, strategy and heroism to the French roads.

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This tour consists of a route that varies every year, but generally includes mountainous ascent stages, flat sprints, and team and individual time trials. The tour spans different regions of France and sometimes also crosses other neighboring countries.

According to the ‘BikeExchange’ web portal, the race lasts around three weeks and consists of 21 stages. Riders compete both individually and as teams, with the overall winner being determined by cumulative time across all stages. The leader of the race wears the famous yellow jersey, which is the distinctive symbol of the leader of the general classification.

The route of the Tour de France in its 2023 edition, stands out for having a single 22-kilometre time trialsomething that makes it a very attractive edition for the purest climbers. Its start was from Bilbao and Spanish soil will host up to three stages of the race.

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‘Tête de la Course’: what does it mean in Tour de France 2023?

Among the key terms that resonate in this cycling spectacle is ‘Tete de la Course’an expression that carries with it a special meaning for fans and followers of the competition.

According to the web portal ‘Tête de la Course Cycling’, ‘Tête de la Course’ is a French expression meaning ‘head race’ and refers to the rider or riders who are in the lead at any point in the race.

Being the ‘Tête de la Course’ in the Tour de France brings multiple benefits and challenges. For one thing, the cyclists leading the race often enjoy greater media visibility as the cameras and eyes of the world are focused on them.

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The above, it gives riders the chance to showcase their skills and promote their teams and sponsors. In addition, the race leaders have the possibility of obtaining prizes in flying goals and mountain passes, which contribute to the points and mountains classification, respectively.

However, the position of the ‘Tête de la Course’ is not easy to maintainas other riders and teams eager for glory soon stalk the leading group and look for opportunities to overtake them.

This creates an environment of fierce competition and strategic tactics in which leaders must make quick and astute decisions to maintain their advantage.

Egan Bernal, one of the victims in the first romp of the Tour de France 2023


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