Spain’s Basque country to host the 2023 Tour de France’s Grand Depart

  • Bilbao will follow San Sebastian in 1992 as first stage
  • First three stages will all be staged in northern Spain

Spain’s Basque country will host the start of the Tour de France for the second time after organisers confirmed on Wednesday the city of Bilbao would stage the 2023 Grand Depart.

It will be only the second time the race starts in Spain, the other occasion being in San Sebastian in 1992 at the beginning of Miguel Indurain’s reign in yellow.

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Bernal has ‘two successful surgeries’ and in intensive care after training crash

  • Ineos say the rider had operations on his spine and right leg
  • Colombian reportedly struck a bus while training in Bogotá

Ineos Grenadiers say two-time Grand Tour winner Egan Bernal currently remains in intensive care after “two successful surgeries” following a serious crash suffered while training in his native Colombia.

His British team issued an update on his condition on Tuesday afternoon stating that the cyclist fractured his vertebrae, right femur and right patella along with chest trauma, a punctured lung and several fractured ribs in the incident.

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Sportswashing is associated with certain countries – why not Israel? | Jonathan Liew

The soft power objective of Israeli sport is for us to focus on a cycling team or a visit by Lionel Messi rather than Palestine

In the summer of 2020 a group of five cyclists from Ramallah were out on a ride when they were stopped by a group of Israeli settlers. According to Reuters, on discovering the cyclists were Palestinian, the settlers began hurling stones at them. Four escaped into a nearby field. One, Samer Kurdi, lost his footing and was repeatedly beaten with a metal rod, suffering serious injuries. It is not known if any arrests were made.

For Chris Froome and his colleagues on the Israel Start-Up Nation pro cycling team, the roads of the occupied West Bank were a far safer place last November, as they rolled through the Judaean Hills on an open training ride. English-language media were flown out to Israel and given full access to the team during their first camp in Israel since 2019. The team and their followers were treated to luxury hospitality, taken on beach visits and kayaking excursions. But then Israel Start-Up Nation – the fledgling team relaunched last week as Israel-Premier Tech – has always known the value of good PR.

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