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Who Are The Prime Grand Tour Contenders Heading Into 2023?

2023 Rider Tiers Half 1: As the ultimate days of 2022 wind down and the beginning of the 2023 skilled biking season rapidly approaches, I believed it might be instructive (in addition to simply enjoyable), to take inventory of who the game’s elite riders are at every main self-discipline (grand excursions, one-classics & stage profitable) heading into 2023 to provide us a clearer view of what to anticipate when these main occasions roll round.

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To kick issues off, I’m separating the highest grand tour contenders into 4 tiers. To delineate them into tiers, I’m considering 1) their outcomes over the previous 4 seasons, with outcomes generated just lately given extra emphasis, 2) their age, and, most significantly 3) their probability to generate outcomes (wins) within the 2023 season.

Why This Is Useful
One main advantage of this train is the power to objectively minimize by the noise and see who the perfect riders at every self-discipline are. That is particularly essential within the trendy panorama since there may be an odd inversion the place the much less a rider produces, the extra media protection they obtain.

For instance, Mikel Landa has racked up a single grand tour podium since 2016 however will get way more consideration and hype than his countryman Enric Mas, who has completed 2nd on the Vuelta in each of the final two seasons. This inversion can create mismatched expectations amongst followers, and even groups/riders themselves, previous to grand excursions when 1/4th of the sector is being touted as potential winners and groups are devoting valuable sources to GC campaigns of riders with no actual probability of contending for podium spots.


The Standards
Whereas there’s a practically infinite array of rising grand tour skills, like João Almeida, Carlos Rodriguez, and Juan Ayuso, who might go on to unbelievable careers as grand tour winners, to qualify for the highest 4 tiers, a rider will need to have both gained a grand tour prior to now 4 seasons or landed on a Tour de France podium throughout the previous 12 months. These younger riders rightfully create a variety of pleasure and get vital consideration, however, most individuals vastly overestimate how shut they’re to really changing their expertise into a serious grand tour win. After all, there may be all the time an opportunity one among them replicates Remco Evenepoel’s 2022 season, the place he got here in with a historical past of sturdy, however considerably scattered, big-race outcomes, and gained a one-day Monument, grand tour, and world highway race championship title, however, as a result of unprecedented nature of the season, that is extremely unlikely.


Under, every rider is listed of their BTP designated tier together with the age and crew they are going to be racing at in 2023:

The Tiers

Tier 1
Reserved for riders who’ve confirmed a capability to win a grand tour in opposition to the game’s greatest competitors in recent times and have the power to take action in 2023. That is clearly an extremely small group.


Tadej Pogačar – (24) – UAE


Jonas Vingegaard – (26) – Jumbo

Tier 2
Riders who each have, and will win in 2023, the remainder of the game’s grand excursions. These riders shall be thought of severe potential winners of the Tour de France in 2023 if they’re on the beginning record.


Primož Roglič – (33) – Jumbo


Remco Evenepoel – (23) – QuickStep

Tier 3
Riders who’re in a position to win, however not be the outright favourite, on the sport’s two lesser grand excursions (Giro & Vuelta) and competing for podiums on the Tour de France in 2023.


Richard Carapaz – (29) – EF


Jai Hindley – (26) – Bora

Tier 4
These riders have an out of doors probability of profitable and an excellent probability at podium finishes on the Giro and Vuelta in 2023. And if issues go their method, they may end on the rostrum on the Tour de France (notice: Bernal could be increased on this record however his restoration from a troublesome harm sustained 12 months in the past, and the very long time it takes to get again to full velocity, makes his standing considerably unknown for 2023).

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Egan Bernal – (26) – Ineos


Geraint Thomas – (36) – Ineos


Enric Mas – (28) – Movistar

Tier 5:
The game’s elite younger grand tour GC expertise. Utterly unproven as winners, however all have a formidable assortment of prime tens and podiums up to now and could have nice probabilities to complete on the rostrum, and even perhaps win, the 2023 Giro and/or Vuelta.

Joao Almeida

João Almeida – (24) – 3xGT prime 6 general (2020-202)
Carlos Rodriguez – (22) – [email protected] Vuelta 2022
Juan Ayuso – (20) [email protected] 2022
Thymen Arensman – (23) – [email protected] 2022

Key Takeaways:

  • The massive takeaway from this record is simply how few riders at present competing have gained a number of grand excursions over the previous 4 seasons. In reality, solely two riders on this record, Pogacar, and Roglic have gained the identical grand tour greater than as soon as since 2019. This reveals simply how sturdy the delineation is between the highest tier and the remainder of the sector.
  • This additionally speaks to the problem of not solely profitable a grand tour, however sustaining that success. For instance, after profitable the 2020 Giro d’Italia, Tao Geoghegan Hart hasn’t proven any indicators that he may problem for an additional grand tour title.
  • Breakdown by crew:
    Jumbo-Visma: 1xTier 1, 1xTier 2
    UAE: 1xTier 1, 2xTier 5
    QuickStep: 1xTier 2
    EF: 1xTier 3
    Ineos: 1xTier 4, 2xTier 5
    Bora: 1xTier 4
    Movistar: 1xTier 4
    • This train illustrates simply how far forward the game’s two elite grand tour GC groups, Jumbo and UAE, are forward of the remaining. Each are the one groups to own present elite Tour de France-winning skills whereas having spectacular depth with ‘backup’ GC riders that additionally land of their unique tiers.
    • It additionally reveals simply how large the gulf is between these two elite organizations and the others. For instance, even whereas the extraordinarily well-funded Ineos squad has three tiered riders, they lack a single celebrity able to coming into a grand tour as a favourite in 2023.


Projecting Future Dominance
An fascinating sub-exercise we are able to undertake is taking the GC riders from these tiers and see how properly they carry out within the battle for stage wins whereas competing for the general title at a grand tour. That is often an excellent measure of a rider’s dominance and their sustainability as a grand tour winner since profitable phases nets time bonuses, which have gotten increasingly useful as time margins tighten in trendy racing, and it nearly all the time reveals a capability to time trial at an especially excessive degree throughout grand excursions, which is probably the most environment friendly option to pry open time gaps in a grand tour.

Grand Tour Stage Win Performances:

Tier 1
Roglič, Pogačar, and Vingegaard are practically unstoppable forces on their most popular terrain in a grand tour whereas on type (Pogačar’s 66% strike fee particularly is nearly incomprehensibly good). The flexibility to transform wins offers them a serious benefit over their competitors as a consequence of their potential to rack up time with time bonuses and time trial gaps. Whereas Vingegaard lacks the uncooked numbers of the opposite two, his two stage wins and 4 podiums at the latest Tour de France are extremely spectacular and present a capability to compete for phases sooner or later.


Tadej Pogačar (24)

  • 2022: 5xTdF stage podium (3xTdF stage win)
  • 2021: 3xTdF stage podium (2xTdF stage win)
  • 2020: 4xTdF stage podium (2xTdF stage win)
  • 2019: 3xLaVuelta stage win
    • Totals: 10xGT whole stage wins, 15xGT whole stage podiums


Primož Roglič (33)

  • 2022: 2xLaVuelta stage podium (1xLavuelta stage win) 1xTdF stage podium
  • 2021: 6xLaVuelta stage podium (2xLaVuelta stage win) 2xTdF stage podium
  • 2020: 6xLaVuelta stage podium (3xLaVuelta stage win) 4xTdF stage podium (1xTdF stage win)
  • 2019: 5xLaVuelta stage podium
    • Totals: 7xGT whole stage wins, 21xGT whole stage podiums


Jonas Vingegaard (26)

  • 2022: 4xTdF stage podium (2xTdF stage wins)
  • 2021: 2xTdF stage podium
    • Totals: 2xGT whole stage wins, 6xGT whole stage podiums

Tier 2
Carapaz and Evenepoel have the power to win extraordinarily troublesome phases however lack the well-roundedness of the highest tier (Evenepoel’s lack of sprinting potential and Carapaz’s struggles in true watts-per-kilos battles). However, even with these limitations, they’re among the many greatest within the sport at changing wins in grand excursions the place they’re competing within the GC (Carapaz’s numbers are barely inflated as a consequence of his poor displaying on the 2022 Vuelta permitting him to deal with chasing stage wins).


Richard Carapaz (29)

  • 2022: 3xLaVuelta stage wins, 2xGiro stage podiums
  • 2021: 2xTdF stage podiums
  • 2020: 3xLaVuelta stage podiums, 2xTdF stage podiums
  • 2019: 2xGiro stage wins
    • Totals: 5xGT whole stage wins, 14xGT whole stage podiums


Remco Evenepoel (23)

  • 2022: 3xLaVuelta stage podium (1xLaVuelta stage win)
    • Totals: 1xGT whole stage win, 3xGT whole stage podiums

Tier 3
Hindley, Bernal, and Mas are all very strong riders who’ve the power to remain within the hunt for phases however battle to persistently convert wins at grand excursions. This makes them barely weak in GC battles to the riders in increased tiers since even at equal power, they will are likely to leak small quantities of time as a consequence of this.


Jai Hindley (26)

  • 2022: 3xGiro stage podiums (1xGiro stage win)
  • 2021: N/A
  • 2020: 3xGiro stage podiums (1xGiro stage win)
    • Totals: 2xGT whole stage wins, 6xGT whole stage podiums


Egan Bernal (26)

  • 2022: N/A
  • 2021: 5xGiro stage podiums (2xGiro stage wins)
  • 2020: N/A
  • 2019: N/A
    • Totals: 2xGT whole stage wins, 5xGT whole stage podiums


Enric Mas – (28) – Movistar

  • 2022: 4xVuelta stage podiums
  • 2021: 3xVuelta stage podiums
  • 2020: 1xVuelta stage podium
  • 2019: N/A
    • Totals: 8xGT whole stage podiums

Tier 4
Thomas, regardless of success earlier in his profession and a formidable third-place general displaying on the 2022 Tour de France, is likely one of the worst prime GC contenders at competing for stage wins in grand excursions. This may make it extremely troublesome for him to transform grand tour podiums into wins in 2023.

Geraint Thomas – (36) – Ineos

  • 2022: 1xTdF stage podium
    • Totals: 1xGT whole stage podium


Key Takeaways

  • This all combines to point out us that, no less than within the close to future, the established superstars class of Pogačar, Roglič, and Vingegaard shall be extraordinarily troublesome to unseat in the event that they take the beginning line match and wholesome since riders like Carapaz and Evenepoel must be a degree above, both in poaching time by savvy ways throughout transition phases or within the time trials, in the event that they wish to beat the extra well-rounded riders within the prime tier (which is doubtlessly a part of the rationale why Evenepoel is kicking the can on head-to-head primetime showdown till the 2024 Tour de France).
  • In the meantime, riders with fewer situations of profitable phases like Hindley, Bernal, Thomas, and Mas might want to both dodge the higher-tiered GC riders with strategic race calendar choices (see: Evenepoel), in the event that they wish to win grand excursions going ahead, however have a path for profitable (repeat wins within the case of Hindley) on the Giro/Vuelta if issues go their method.
    • It may appear absurd to say {that a} double grand tour winner like Bernal may battle to compete with the game’s prime skills, however in case you critically study his skills in every self-discipline in opposition to his competitors, it turns into apparent that he’ll battle, even at full well being, to take time on the climbs whereas shedding time in opposition to the clock. This reveals the intense depth on the prime ranges of present grand tour contenders.


# Spencer Martin is the writer of the cycling-analysis e-newsletter Past the Peloton that breaks down the nuances of every race and solutions huge image questions surrounding crew and rider efficiency. Enroll now to get full entry to all of the out there content material and race breakdowns. #

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