2023 Tour of Slovenia details revealed
Organizers from Cycling club Adria Mobil have revealed all details of the Tour of Slovenia’s five stages that will take place from 14th till 18th June, again with some of the best riders & teams in the world and live broadcast on Eurosport. The race will cover more than 833 kilometers of Slovenia and visit some of the most scenic places of the country.
The race is celebrating 30 years since the first edition that was organized back in 1993; at the time in the honor of the new country and with desire to give Slovenian riders a chance to compete with international competition. Since then the race has developed with each of the editions and is now international sports & tourism spectacle and one of the most recognized sports events in the region.
2023 edition will again have five stages with highly diverse profiles and proper queen mountain stage. Only a top-level climber will be able to bring green jersey all the way to the finish line in Novo mesto, but cyclists of different profiles will have chances to race for the stage victories. 29th Tour of Slovenia is 833,3 kilometers long in total, with total elevation gain of 9134 meters:
Stage 1: Celje – Rogaška Slatina, 188,6 km
Stage 2: Žalec – Ormož, 163,1 km
Stage 3: Grosuplje – Postojna, 173,4 km
Stage 4: Ljubljana – Kobarid, 165,6 km
Stage 5: Vrhnika – Novo mesto, 142,6 km
Slovenians Luka Mezgec (Team Jayco AlUla) & Domen Novak (UAE Team Emirates) shared their views on the race and they both found stages that are to their likings. Luka will be lead-out for his team leader Dylan Groenewegen, but will also try to take a stage or two by himself. Domen is of course focused on the 4th stage: “I know the climb to Kolovrat from Giro d’Italia, it’s going to be a proper queen stage and will decide on the overall winner for sure.” Domen is of course talking about stage from Ljubljana to Kobarid that features two climbs to Kolovrat, a stage that was also used for Giro last year.
It's still too early to talk about the names, but the 19 teams that will enter the race are already known. Four of them have a WorldTour status: BORA – hansgrohe, Team Jayco AlUla, Bahrain Victorious and UAE Team Emirates.
The race have set all-time record in 2022 in terms of fans on the stages, we can again expect a great support in 2023. All five stages will have live broadcast on Eurosport and Television Slovenia, in total with expected audience of more than 10 million people.
“We’re proud on the history & tradition of the race, and proud on the people that organized the race before us and put it on the international stage. We continue the tradition with the 29th edition that will have five very challenging stages, they are all much harder than they look on the paper. Everything is possible, and none of the stages will be decided till the very last meters,” said Bogdan Fink, Tour of Slovenia Race Director, and finished the thought in his typical style: “We just set a stage, the cyclists will create a race.”