Tour de France: five French formations will take the start of the 2023 edition

Even if the disappearance of B&B Hotels reduces kid contingent by one unit, France will still be well represented at the start of the next Grande Boucle.

Five French teams, one fewer than in the past three years, will be at the start of the Tour de France on July 1, the organizers announced on Wednesday, who have invited two foreign developments – Israel Premier Tech and Uno-X – to complete the line-up. The disappearance of the B&B Hotels structure means that there will be one less French team than in the past three years on the Grande Boucle which will leave from Bilbao in Spain and arrive on the Champs-Élysées three weeks later. Of the 22 teams (of 8 riders) selected, twenty were automatically selected since the regulations of the International Cycling Union (UCI) provide for the compulsory involvement of the 18 teams of the WorldTour (1st department), of which not four are French (AG2R -Citroën, Groupama-FDJ, Cofidis and Arkéa-Samsic), as well as the invitation of the two best-ranked ProTeams (2nd department), in this case the Belgian development Lotto and the French Total-Energies. It remained at the discretion of the organizers of Amaury Sports Organization (ASO) to award two wild cards. Often on big trips, they go to problem teams in the host country. But the end of the B&B Hotels adventure and the automatic credentials of Total-Energies changed the situation.

Israel – Premier Tech and Uno-X as guests

It is therefore the Israel – Premier Tech team of four-time Tour winner Chris Froome, relegated from the World Tour at the end of last year, and the Norwegian Uno-X who inherit the two coveted guests of the biggest race in the world. “ It’s a selection without surprise. Sometimes the choice is complicated, in this case it is not really. A hole is created behind the 22 best teams in the world that we can regret by the way “, explains to AFP the director of the Tour Christian Prudhomme. “ Israel Premier Tech won two beautiful stages on the last Tour de France, “It’s an experienced team that has been repeatedly reinforced with Dylan Teuns. Uno-X is a recent team with a specialty identity since there are only Norwegian or Danish riders. It comes from to engage Norwegian cycling legend Alexander Kristoff, and has the winner of the Tour de l’Avenir 2021, Tobias Johannessen, in its ranks.

It is a beautiful French representation and anyway it was the optimum possible according to the regulations. Christian Prudhomme

With five teams, France remains the best represented country ahead of Belgium (4), the Netherlands and the United States (2 each). Since 2020, the Tour has systematically welcomed 6 French teams instead of five, the number that was in place during the previous decade. “ There were five French teams on the Tour between 2009 and 2019, except in 2010 when there were only four. It is only thanks to B&B that there was a more French team in the last three years. But obviously it was not enough that it did the Tour de France” was able to survive, underlines Mr. Prudhomme. “ It’s a good French representation and anyway it was the optimum possible according to the regulations “, he adds, knowing that the sixth French team in the UCI team classification in 2022 was the “ Conti“, i.e. the development team, of Groupama- FDJ, which evolves into the third department. The number of French riders, not the contemporary ceiling had been 46 representatives in 2011, has continued to drop over the last three editions, going from 39 in 2020 to 33 in 2021 and only 32 last year. source

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