The Tour of Guangxi has brought the curtain down on the 2023 cycle race season. Unsurprisingly, Jumbo-Visma is the top team of the year, with 69 professional victories, by far the top scoring team. UAE Team Emirates is on 57 wins in second place and Soudal Quick-Step follows in third place with 55. But UAE Team Emirates takes 1st place in UCI teams ranking for 2023.
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The Jumbo-Visma team dominated the 2023 Vuelta taking the top three places overall, but it wasn't all plain sailing. Sepp Kuss had the red jersey, but he had to fear his own teammates: Jonas Vingegaard and Primoz Roglič... then social media stepped in. The Outer Line gives us their 'low-down' on the Jumbo/Vuelta controversy.
Stage 1 of the 2023 Tour de France was far from quiet. In the final the two top men: Tadej Pogačar and Jonas Vingegaard split the race, but then the Yates brothers escaped to finish first and second, Adam then Simon. A stage to remember.
Stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia was won by João Almeida. After a proper battle on Monte Bondone, the Portuguese rider attacked and was joined by Geraint Thomas. The British rider took back the pink jersey from Bruno Armirail. Primož Roglič lost nearly 30 seconds to his two biggest competitors for the overall victory.
The stage 15 of the Giro d'Italia 2023 was won by Brandon McNulty. On a mini Ol Lombardy course of 195 kilometres, finishing in Bergamo, the American of UAE Team Emirates was the best from the early break. He beat Ben Healy and Marco Frigo in an exciting finale. Bruno Armirail kept the pink jersey going into the second rest day.
The longest stage of the 2023 Giro d'Italia was won by Pascal Ackermann. After 219 kilometres, the German of UAE Team Emirates was the fastest in a close sprint between him and Jonathan Milan. Mark Cavendish was third. The big news of the day was the retirement of Tao Geoghegan Hart, who crashed 70 kilometres from the finish.
Tadej Pogacar has now also won the 2023 Flèche Wallonne. The UAE Team Emirates rider was the first to across the finish line on the summit of the Mur de Huy. The Slovenian beat Mattias Skjelmose and Mikel Landa.
UAE's signing of Jay Vine illustrates their quest to build the sport's top team while Ineos' talent loss highlights their continued off-season troubles. Major professional cycling racing may be on pause at the moment, but the transfer market is currently alight with multiple high-value riders on the move in preparation for the 2023 season.