Tour de France bikes 2023: who’s riding what?

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The 2023 Tour de France covers 3,404km (2,115 miles) over its 21 stages. That’s 54km more than last year’s Tour.

However, the bigger news is that time trial kilometres are down from two time trials totalling 53km last year (including the Prologue) to just one at 22.4km this year. It finishes at 974m in altitude and has a 2.5km Cat 2 climb to the finish, with an average 9.4 per cent gradient.

For several years, there’s been an individual time trial on the penultimate stage, but this year, it’s on the Tuesday of the final week.

Given how a time trial can upset the final result, as in the 2023 Giro d’Italia, or cement it, as in last year’s Tour, it’s a surprising move.

That means the teams’ road bikes are increasingly to the fore. As usual, there’s some very flashy tech on show and we can expect more to be announced in the run-up to the Grand Départ and probably to be unearthed by the sharp-eyed as the race proceeds.

Read on for a complete list of the bikes in this year’s Tour de France, along with the kit they’re fitted with, and our pick of some of the new bikes and tech to keep an eye out for at the 2023 Tour de France.

Also check out our guide to prize money in this year’s race, our explainer on leaders jerseys, a comprehensive Tour de France jargon buster and our round-up of how to watch the Tour, wherever you are in the world.

Tour de France 2023 bike brands

drivetrain on Simon Clarke's Factor O2 VAM.
Factor makes an appearance at the Tour again this year, thanks to Israel-Premier Tech’s wildcard entry. – Simon von Bromley / Our Media

The 2023 Tour de France peloton is made up of 22 teams of eight, 176 riders in total. The 18 WorldTour squads receive an automatic invitation to compete, while four second-tier Pro Continental teams get a wildcard invitation. Between them, 19 bike brands are represented.

That’s two up on last year’s Tour, although the majority of brands are the same as in last year’s race. Even Ridley and Factor, who saw their teams demoted to the UCI’s second division, are back this year thanks to wildcard invitations for Lotto-Dstny and Israel-Premier Tech respectively.

New bike brands this year are Bianchi, Look and Dare, while out this year is De Rosa. Specialized continues to sponsor three teams, as in 2022, but Canyon is down from three to two.

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The striking-looking Bianchi Oltre makes an appearance at the Tour this year.

Bianchi was absent last year, but is back with Arkéa-Samsic. It had its first race win back in 1899 and its bikes were ridden by Fausto Coppi, Felice Gimondi and Marco Pantani as well as a who’s who of other top-drawer racers, so it’s a prestigious return for the brand. On the other hand, De Rosa is an equally famous name from cycling’s past that has departed the Tour.

Bike brands represented at the 2023 Tour de France:

  • Bianchi: Team Arkéa-Samsic
  • BMC: AG2R Citroën Team
  • Cannondale: EF Education-EasyPost
  • Canyon: Alpecin-Deceuninck, Movistar Team
  • Cervélo: Jumbo-Visma
  • Colnago: UAE Team Emirates
  • Cube: Intermarché-Circus-Wanty
  • Dare: Uno-X Pro Cycling
  • Factor: Israel-Premier Tech
  • Giant: Team Jayco-AlUla
  • Lapierre: Groupama-FDJ
  • Look: Cofidis
  • Merida: Bahrain Victorious
  • Pinarello: Ineos Grenadiers
  • Ridley: Lotto-Dstny
  • Scott: Team DSM-Firmenich
  • Specialized: Bora-Hansgrohe, Soudal-QuickStep, TotalEnergies
  • Trek: Lidl-Trek
  • Wilier Triestina: Astana-Qazaqstan

Read on for more details of each team’s bikes, wheels and other kit.

What’s new in Tour de France tech?

New bike launches

Colnago V4Rs Dura-Ace Di2
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Since last year’s Tour, the Colnago Prototipo ridden to second place by Tadej Pogačar has finally become the Colnago V4Rs and been released for us to review – and anyone with deep enough pockets to buy.

Look Blade 795 RS.
It may now look similar to most aero/lightweight bikes, but the new Look 795 Blade RS is a departure from the brand’s previous models. – Stan Portus / Our Media

Rather like the Colnago, the new Look 795 Blade RS ridden by Team Cofidis has been in plain sight for months, but was only officially launched earlier in June.

Its profile is similar to many other pro bikes with front-end integration, aero tubes and dropped seatstays, but is a departure from Look’s previous pro-level race bikes.

As per the usual playbook, Look says the new bike is stiffer and more aero.

Race tech gallery from the 2023 Paris-Roubaix, 09.04.23, Compiégne, France - Alpecin-Deceuninck - Mathieu van Der Poel
It takes a close look to spot the differences with the updated Canyon Aeroad. – James York / Matt Grayson / Our Media

There are more subtle changes to the Canyon Aeroad. Canyon has yet to announce details, but there are slight changes to the tube profiles and the seatpost clamp has moved from the rear of the seat tube to the top of the top tube.

EF Education Easypost's Cannondale SuperSix Evo Lab71 at Paris-Roubaix 2023
The Cannondale SuperSix Evo has had a similarly subtle update. – James York / Matt Grayson / Our Media

The changes to the Cannondale SuperSix EVO are equally small but significant, with the fourth generation of the bike lighter and more aero – and in LAB71 format significantly more expensive.

Other new bikes bubbling under include an update to the Factor O2 VAM, BMC’s new aero road bike and a new Ridley bike, also aero.

One thing all these bikes have in common is there’s not a cable or brake hose in sight. In part, that’s down to all the groupsets ridden now having wireless connections between the shifters and the derailleurs.

It’s also due to the brake hoses running exclusively internally. Since they’re invariably hydraulic, there’s no loss of braking efficiency, however sharp the bends and no matter how convoluted the routing becomes.

Tubeless wheels and tyres have mostly taken over

Continental GP5000 S TR tyre on a Zipp 353 NSW wheel
Tubeless tyres, often in wider sizes, have largely taken over from tubulars. – Simon von Bromley / Our Media

Almost all teams are now running tubeless tyres in place of the pros’ favourite tubulars. There are good reasons for this beyond the lack of potentially carcinogenic and addictive solvents in the tub cement (more of an issue for the team mechanics than the riders).

Matej Mohorič of Bahrain Victorious has claimed tubeless tech can lower rolling resistance by up to 15 watts per tyre. Paired with the latest aero wheel designs, that’s a huge margin.

You’re also less likely to need a wheel swap at a crucial point in the race, with sealant helping to cope with punctures, although unlike tubs you can’t ride a flat tyre to the finish or while waiting for the team car to give you a wheel swap.

28mm tyres are also increasingly taking over from 25mm, even on the smooth tarmac generally enjoyed on the Tour. Riders often sub in time trial tyres for road tyres, due to their lighter weight, although they in general offer less puncture protection than the best road bike tyres.

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Cav’s special-livery Wilier Filante SLR still comes with tubs, thanks to the Corima wheels.

One team that has remained on tubs is Astana-Qazaqstan, although it’s in the process of swapping from Corima wheels that don’t offer a tubeless rim, to HED which does.

Component choices

SRAM Red AXS power meter crankset on a Movistar Team Canyon Aeroad CFR at the 2023 Giro d'Italia
Movistar is one of three teams riding SRAM groupsets at this year’s Tour. – Simon von Bromley / Our Media

As in previous years, Shimano dominates the teams’ drivetrain choices, with just three teams on SRAM (Jumbo-Visma, Movistar, Lidl-Trek) and one (AG2R-Citroën) on Campagnolo – one down on 2022 with the defection of UAE Team Emirates to Shimano at the beginning of 2023.

There’s more on Campagnolo Super Record below, but an unlaunched update to SRAM Red AXS has been spotted. With SRAM focusing on the launch of its updated Force AXS groupset earlier in 2023, it seems likely that a new version of Red AXS will be announced sooner rather than later.

We’ve seen an increasing acceptance of single chainrings in races earlier in the season, such as Paris-Roubaix, and that may extend to flatter stages in the Tour, when the small chainring is little used.

Expect 2x setups to take over in the mountains again though, yet even there Primož Roglič showed that a single ring with a wide-range cassette was a winning option.

There’s more variation in wheels than drivetrains, with the aforementioned Corima and HED, as well as Reserve, Vision, DT Swiss, Roval, Newmen, Black Inc, ENVE, Bontrager, Zipp and Cadex all represented.

Campagnolo goes wireless

Super Record Wireless
Will AG2R-Citroën have swapped to Campagnolo’s latest Super Record Wireless groupset? – Oscar Huckle / Our Media

Campagnolo is providing its Super Record groupset to just one team this year, AG2R Citroën. However, it has dispensed with wires, with the recent launch of the new Super Record Wireless groupset.

As with SRAM Red AXS, the consumer version of Super Record Wireless uses smaller chainrings paired to cassettes starting with a 10-tooth sprocket and rising to just 29 teeth as the largest sprocket option. However, the pros are likely to stick to closer ratios for all but the toughest stages.

There are a couple of interesting things to watch out for here: first, are all the riders using the latest Wireless groupset?

When Shimano Dura-Ace went 12-speed last year, there were still teams using the older 11-speed Dura-Ace long after the official launch, due in large part to the new groupset’s scarcity.

Will Campagnolo have got its manufacturing and distribution ducks in a row better than Shimano?

Wout van Aert's Cervelo Soloist at Paris-Roubaix 2023
SRAM has a series of groupset options designed specifically for the pros. – James York / Matt Grayson / Our Media

Second, with SRAM Red AXS, there are a series of chainring options designed specifically for the pros, which are larger than the chainrings on the complete cranksets available for consumer purchase.

That’s partly because pros like to push larger gears at their elevated riding speeds (winner Jonas Vingegaard averaged over 42kph throughout the entire Tour last year).

It’s also because the chainline and the degree of curvature of the chain as it passes over the jockey wheels and cassette make small, but significant, differences in drivetrain friction. Therefore, riding in a larger sprocket nearer the middle of the cassette is an easy marginal gain. It’s also the reason why OSPW systems are used by the pros.

Will we see AG2R Citroën riders using larger chainrings, perhaps borrowed from the previous generation of Super Record, with Campagnolo Super Record Wireless at the Tour?

Tour de France 2023 bikes

All 18 WorldTour teams ride the Tour de France and every one of them gets the pick of the best bikes from their sponsors’ ranges. That includes all teams using 12-speed wireless/semi-wireless electronic groupsets on their road bikes and a choice of top-spec carbon wheels.

The invited Pro Continental teams (Israel-Premier Tech, Lotto-Dstny, TotalEnergies, Uno X) too are on top-spec bikes and equipment – there’s no second best here.

Read on for a breakdown of who’s riding what.

AG2R Citroën Team (ACT)

AG2R Citroen Team's BMC Teammachine at Paris-Roubaix 2023
Will AG2R Citroën Team be using the latest Super Record Wireless groupset at the Tour? – James York / Matt Grayson / Our Media
  • Framesets: BMC Teammachine SLR01/Timemachine Road/Timemachine (TT)
  • Drivetrain: Campagnolo Super Record Wireless
  • Wheels: Campagnolo Bora WTO/WTO Ultra
  • Finishing kit: BMC, Power2Max, Look, Pirelli, Fizik, Elite, Wahoo

Alpecin-Deceuninck (ADC)

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  • Bikes: Canyon Ultimate CFR/Aeroad CFR/ Speedmax CFR Disc (TT)
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Wheels: Shimano
  • Finishing kit: Canyon, Shimano, Vittoria, Selle Italia, Elite, Wahoo

Astana-Qazaqstan (AST)

Wilier Filante Astana bike
Astana-Qazaqstan’s Wilier Filante SLR looks superb in the team’s stock colours. – Wilier
  • Bikes: Wilier Triestina Filante SLR/0 SLR/Turbine (TT)
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace/SLF Motion jockey wheels and bottom bracket
  • Wheels: Corima/HED
  • Finishing kit: Wilier, Look, Vittoria, Prologo, Tacx, Garmin

Bahrain Victorious (TBV)

Bahrain Victorious Merida Scultura
Bahrain Victorious riders have both the Merida Scultura and Reacto available to them. – Bahrain Victorious
  • Bikes: Merida Scultura Disc Team/Reacto Disc Team/Time Warp (TT)
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Wheels: Vision Metron
  • Finishing kit: FSA/Vision, Continental, Prologo, Elite

Bora-Hansgrohe (BOH)

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  • Bikes: Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7/Shiv (TT)
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Wheels: Roval
  • Finishing kit: Roval, Specialized, Wahoo

Cofidis (COF)

Look 795 Blade RS
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  • Bikes: Look 795 Blade RS/796 Monoblade RS (TT)
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Wheels: Corima
  • Finishing kit: Look, SRM, Michelin, Selle Italia, Elite, Wahoo

EF Education-EasyPost (EFE)

Zoe Bäckstedt’s LAB71 SuperSix EVO
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  • Bikes: Cannondale SuperSix EVO/SystemSix/SuperSlice (TT)
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Wheels: Vision Metron
  • Finishing kit: FSA/Vision, Wahoo Speedplay, Vittoria, Prologo, FSA, Tacx, Wahoo

Groupama-FDJ (GFC)

Groupama-FDJ paint job for the Tour de France
Groupama-FDJ’s Lapierre Xelius SL 10.0 bikes get a special paintjob for the Tour. – Lapierre
  • Bikes: Lapierre Xelius SL 10.0/Aircode DRS/Aérostorm DRS (TT)
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Wheels: Shimano Dura-Ace / PRO
  • Finishing kit: PRO, Continental, Prologo, Elite, Garmin

Ineos Grenadiers (IGD)

Pinarello Dogma F
Ineos Grenadiers will ride the Pinarello Dogma F as here in the Giro. – Getty Images
  • Bikes: Pinarello Dogma F/Bolide (TT)
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Wheels: Shimano Dura-Ace/Princeton Carbonworks
  • Finishing kit: MOST, Continental, Fizik, Elite, Garmin

Intermarché-Circus-Wanty (ICW)

Wanty Cube Litening
Intermarché-Circus-Wanty rides the Cube Litening C:68X aero bike. – Cube Bikes
  • Bikes: Cube Litening C:68X Pro/Aerium (TT)
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Wheels: Newmen Advanced SL
  • Finishing kit: Cube, Look, Continental, Prologo, Elite, CeramicSpeed, Bryton

Israel-Premier Tech (IPT)

Simon Clarke's Factor O2 VAM.
The Factor O2 VAM is a lighter alternative to the more aero Ostro VAM. – Simon von Bromley / Our Media
  • Bikes: Factor Ostro VAM / O2 VAM / Hanzo (TT)
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace/FSA chainset
  • Wheels: Black Inc
  • Finishing kit: Black Inc, Rotor, Maxxis, Selle Italia, CeramicSpeed, SwissStop, Elite, Hammerhead

Jumbo-Visma (TJV)

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Team Jumbo-Visma
  • Bikes: Cervélo R5 Disc/S5/P5 (TT)
  • Groupset: SRAM Red eTap AXS
  • Wheels: Reserve 52/63
  • Finishing kit: Cervélo, Wahoo Speedplay, Vittoria, Fizik, Tacx, Garmin

Lidl-Trek (LTK)

Trek Madone team bike (Trek-Segafredo) with a 1x drivetrain at 2023 Paris-Roubaix
1x drivetrains were a frequent sight at Paris-Roubaix – will they feature at the Tour? – James York / Matt Grayson / Our Media
  • Bikes: Trek Émonda SLR/Madone SLR/Speed Concept (TT)
  • Groupset: SRAM Red eTap AXS
  • Wheels: Bontrager Aeolus
  • Finishing kit: Bontrager, Time, Pirelli, Wahoo

Lotto-Dstny (LTD)

Lotto Dstny Ridley bike 2023
Lotto Dstny has a new Ridley bike on its way. – Getty Images
  • Bikes: Ridley Noah Fast Disc/Helium SLX Disc/Dean Fast (TT)
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace/Cema bearings
  • Wheels: DT Swiss
  • Finishing kit: Deda, 4iiii, Vittoria, Selle Italia, Tacx, Garmin

Movistar Team (MOV)

Einer Rubio's Movistar Team Canyon Aeroad CFR at the 2023 Giro d'Italia
Movistar riders are on the Canyon Aeroad CFR. – Simon von Bromley / Our Media
  • Bikes: Canyon Aeroad CFR/Speedmax CF SLX (TT)
  • Groupset: SRAM Red eTap AXS
  • Wheels: Zipp
  • Finishing kit: Canyon, Look, Continental, Fizik, Lizard Skins, Garmin

Soudal-QuickStep (SOQ)

Soudal-QuickStep S-Works Tarmac SL7
Soudal-QuickStep’s S-Works Tarmac SL7 gets a touch of maintenance ahead of the race. – Getty Images
  • Bikes: Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7/Roubaix/Shiv (TT)
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Wheels: Roval
  • Finishing kit: Roval, Specialized, CeramicSpeed, Tacx, Supercaz, Garmin

Team Arkéa-Samsic (ARK)

Arkéa-Samsic's Bianchi Oltre RC WorldTour team bike for 2023
Arkéa-Samsic’s Bianchi Oltre RC WorldTour team bike for 2023 looks fast. – Bianchi
  • Bikes: Bianchi Specialissima/Oltre RC/Aquila (TT)
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Wheels: Shimano
  • Finishing kit: Bianchi, Continental, Selle Italia, Elite, Wahoo

Team DSM-Firmenich (DSM)

Team DSM Scott Foil RC
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  • Bikes: Scott Foil RC/Plasma 5 (TT)
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Wheels: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Finishing kit: Syncros, Vittoria, Elite, Wahoo

Team Jayco-AlUla (JAY)

Team Jayco-AlUla rides Giant bikes with wheels from Giant's Cadex performance brand.
Team Jayco-AlUla rides Giant bikes with wheels from Giant’s Cadex performance brand. – Getty Images
  • Bikes: Giant Propel Advanced Disc/TCR Advanced SL Disc/Trinity Advanced Pro (TT)
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Wheels: Cadex 36, 42, 65
  • Finishing kit: Cadex, Giant

TotalEnergies (TEN)

TotalEnergies is one of three teams riding the Tarmac SL7 at this year's Tour.
TotalEnergies is the last of the three teams riding the Tarmac SL7 at this year’s Tour. – Getty Images
  • Bikes: Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7/Shiv (TT)
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Wheels: Roval
  • Finishing kit: Roval, Specialized, Tacx, Garmin

UAE Team Emirates (UAD)

Will Tadej Pogacar have recovered from injury?
UAE Team Emirates riders are on the officially named Colnago V4Rs this year. – Getty Images
  • Bikes: Colnago V4Rs/K.one (TT)
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Wheels: ENVE
  • Finishing kit: Colnago, Look, Continental, Prologo, Elite, Wahoo

Uno-X Pro Cycling (UXT)

Uno X ride bikes from Norwegian brand Dare.
Uno-X rides bikes from Norwegian brand Dare. – Getty Images
  • Bikes: Dare VSRu/TSRf (TT)
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Wheels: DT Swiss
  • Finishing kit: Dare, Schwalbe, Pro, CeramicSpeed, Elite, Garmin

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