The 2023 Tour de France could not have started worse for Spanish aspirations. Enric Mas, leader of the Movistar team, had to retire after suffering a very hard fall 26 kilometers from the finish line, on the descent from Vivero. The Spaniard, with severe pain in his shoulder, had to be transferred to a medical center. The Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz was also involved in the incident, who continued in the race with obvious difficulties. The stage win was taken by Adam Yates (UAE), who beat his brother Simon and it’s already the first day. Tadej Pogacar (UAE), the top seed, took four bonus seconds.
Thus, the premiere of the race, with start and finish in the Biscayan capital, will have five ports, one of them Pike, located near the finish line, short (2 km) but hard (10 percent), while the second, between Vitoria and San Sebastián, also has five other climbs, including Jaizkibel, known for almost always deciding the Summer Classic ending in Donosti and also in the final section.