Will the Tour de France happen on your street, in your city or in your apartment next summer? The official route of the 110th edition of the Grande Boucle was presented this Thursday, October 27, by Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour. And we already know the profile of the 21 stages of the race that will be held from July 1 to 23, 2023.
After a given Grand Exit of Bilbao in the Spanish Basque Countrythe platoon will move towards the Pyrenees then the Landes. This 2023 Tour will give pride of place to Massif Central with the return of the legendary climb to the puy de Dôme, after 35 years of absence. Within the Alpsgreat pieces await the runners, like the already mythical Col de la Loze
Where the passage of fire
, which appears for the first time. Before joining the Champs Elysees in Paristhe Tour will deliver a final explanation in Alsace with the ascent of the Markstein.
The map of the Tour de France 2023
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30 passes, a record for the Tour
This is the second time in the history of the Tour that the race starts from the Spanish Basque Country. The first dates from 1992 from San Sebastián. The entire tour then takes place in mainland France with six regions visited and 23 departments visited. Of the 21 steps, eight will be flat, four uneven and eight mountain. To which must be added a single individual time trial and two days of rest.
The 2023 edition will have a total of 30 ports or ascents or arrivals in height classified as second, first or out of category. This is a record and there are seven more than in 2022. The roof of the Tour in 2023 will be the Col de la Loze (2,304 m) where the Souvenir Henri-Desgrange will be awarded, a prize in homage to the founder of the Tour. As in 2020, the five mountain ranges of France will be on the program. In order: the Pyrenees, the Massif Central, the Jura, the Alps and the Vosges. Specifically, there will be 13 ports in the Alps and 6 in the Pyrenees. There will be four summit finals, one less than this year but one more than in 2021.
Twelve cities will host the Tour de France for the first time. In addition to the Spanish cities of the first two stages, we must welcome the arrival of Nogaró (Gers)theme park Vulcania (Puy-de-Dome)of Mills (Allier)of Belleville-en-Beaujolais (Rhône), Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne (Ain), Les Gets La Portes du Soleil (Haute Savoy), Passy (Haute Savoy), Combloux (Haute Savoy), Poligny (Swear)Land Markstein Fellering (Upper Rhine).
The 21 stages of the Tour de France 2023
Great departure from the Spanish Basque Country
This 110th edition of the Tour de France will start again from abroad. The Great Exit will be given Saturday July 1 from Bilbao, in the Spanish Basque Country. This is the second time in the history of the Tour that the start will be given from this region, 31 years after the Great Start that took place from San Sebastián near La Concha beach. The platoon will roll on the roads of Spain for three days before returning to France.
The first day will start and finish in Bilbao for a 185km long loop stage. The route will cross the rugged hills that border the Cantabrian Sea and will pass through Guernica twice, a place of memory of the Spanish Civil War. With 3,300 meters of elevation gain, this first day will be demanding and reserved for punchers.
San Sebastián will host the finish line of the second stage that will start from Vitoria-Gasteiz. A stage of 210 km towards the sea with several difficulties along the way, among which Jaizkibel stands out with its 8.1 kilometers of ascent at an average of 5.1% less than 20 kilometers from the finish line.
the The third stage will mark the last day in Spain of this 2023 Tour de France. The runners will start from Amorebieta-Etxano and will roll towards the French border through Biscay lands to cross the coast, the peloton will pass through San Sebastián again, then through Irun and should finish in Bayonne according to our information. Therefore, this third stage should be the first to benefit the sprinters.
La Grande Boucle gets off to a strong start in the Southwest
After Spain, the Tour de France heads towards Bayonne on Monday July 3. The peloton will cross the border at Irun and will travel the roads of Labourd. A great reunion with Bayonne is planned since the city has not hosted the Grande Boucle for 20 years. The sprinters will be the protagonists of this stage.
The next day, another chance to shine for the sprinters. The tour will depart from Dax (Landes) to Nogaro (Gers). The city of Dax has not hosted a stage since 2006 and this will be a great novelty for Nogaro, in the Gers, which will host the finish line on its race circuit.
On Wednesday, July 5, the Tour will make an obligatory stop at Pablo, a city that has already received the competition 73 times, before facing the first mountain stage. Thus, today’s stage will start from the city of Pau and head towards Laruns, in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques. The runners will have to climb the Col de Soudet, then the Col de Marie-Blanque before crossing the finish line in Laruns, 1,200 inhabitants but one of the largest municipalities in France.
On Thursday, July 6, the platoon will depart from Tarbes direction Cauterets-Cambasque. The climb to the Cambasque plain has only been done by cyclists once, in 1989 with Miguel Indurain’s first stage victory. But before the finish line, two great difficulties stand in the way: the Col d’Aspin and the Tourmalet.
Return to the flat on Friday, July 7 with a stage that will start from Mont-de-Marsan and promised to the sprinters. The platoon will head towards Bordeaux which had not hosted a stage for 13 years.
On Saturday, July 8, the cyclists will start from the South-West with a stage that will start from Libourne to Limoges. This will be the fourth time that Libourne will be the start city, the last one going back to the 2021 time trial. For Limoges, we have to go back to 2016 to find the last visit of the Tour.
The Massif Central in the spotlight
Leaving behind the Pyrenees and the South West, the Tour de France will head towards another mountainous region: the Massif Central. Auvergne will be particularly well served in 2023 with four stages before heading towards the Alps. The 9th stage promises to be legendary since signing the great return of the ascension of the puy de Dôme, 35 years after his last arrival.
Starting from Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat (Haute-Vienne), the town where Raymond Poulidor is buried, this stage will be a beautiful tribute
the mythical duel between Jacques Anquetil and “Poupou” in 1964. Since 1988, the Tour no longer ventured to the top of the Puy de Dôme, in particular due to the UNESCO site’s candidacy, then for work related to the construction of a zipper line. In 2023, the runners will be able to face the 4.5 kilometers of coastline with a regular gradient of 12%.
The next day, the Grande Boucle will be entitled to his first day off in Clermont-Ferrandbefore returning to a tenth stage between Vulcania, the volcano theme park, and Issoire. A route through the Puys chain designed for adventurers.
And it’s still not over for Auvergne since the 11th stage must start from Clermont-Ferrand to reach Moulins. An a priori race profile reserved for sprinters. This will make it possible to redress an injustice as Moulins has never been a stage city since the Tour was created. With this arrival, the Grande Boucle will have officially visited all the prefectures of metropolitan France.
The Tour attacking the Alps
After the Massif Central, it’s time for serious stuff. La Grande Boucle embarks on the path of the Alps with a transition stage that will start from Roana Thursday, July 13. This route will take runners in the direction of Belleville-en-Beaujolais. Despite the bumpy course, the final must be played between sprinters.
Then, like a taste of the Alps, the Tour will tackle the Grand Colombier for the national holiday of July 14 after a departure from Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne. It will therefore be the second time that a stage ends at the top of this port at 1,500 meters above sea level. We remember in 2020 the Slovenian duel between Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic
For the first stage in the Alps on Saturday, July 15, there will be a 4,200 meter difference in altitude between Annemasse and Morzine, via Col de la Ramaz and Joux-plane. With its terrifying ascent and dangerous descent, this pass is a regular justice of the peace for mountain stages. The general classification is likely to be very upset at the end of this day.
Before observing a new day of rest in Saint Gervasethe platoon will have to make one last effort. A 180 km stage between Les Gets and Saint-Gervais with, along the way, various difficulties: the Forclaz de Montmin pass, the Croix Fry pass, the Aravis pass and the final climb to Bettex on the Amerands coast.
Resumption of the race on Tuesday, July 18 with theonly time trial of this 2023 edition
. A short route, 22 kilometers long, but with a mountain profile between Passy and Combloux. On the programme, the Domancy coast, which became famous thanks to the world champion title conquered by Bernard Hinault in 1980.
Something (very) tough awaits the riders on Wednesday 19th July with a 166km stage between Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc and Courchevel, with 5,000 vertical meters on the chart. As a culminating point, the return of the already mythical Col de la Loze
before embarking on the Courchevel plateau slope with its 18% gradient!
The stage this Thursday, July 20, will reward the sprinters who have survived the Alps with a “bumpless” route between Moûtiers and Bourg-en-Bresse.
Final explanation in the East
After the Alps, the Tour de France will head east before reaching the capital. Two stages are planned in Franche-Comté and in the Jura. The 19th stage will start from Moirans-en-Montagne for an arrival at Poligny. Despite some bumps in the programme, an 8km final straight looks promised for the sprinters.
The penultimate stage will start from Belfort
and will end at the Markstein via the Grand Ballon. A short but explosive format that could shuffle the cards on the eve of arrival in Paris.
Finally, before joining the Champs Elysees in Paris for the last stage on Sunday, July 23, the peloton will start the national velodrome of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. A start in the form of a nod to the 2024 Paris Olympics where most of the cycling events will be held.
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