Will the Tour de France pass in your street, in your city or in your department next summer? The official route of the 110th edition of the Grande Boucle will be unveiled this Thursday, October 27th by Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour. You can watch the presentation live francebleu.fr
from 11:30 am Previously, France Bleu invites you to discover the probable route of the 21 stages that will take place from Saturday 1 July to Sunday 23 July 2023.
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The 21 probable stages
- 1st leg: Bilbao (Spain) – Bilbao (Spain) (Saturday 1 July)
- 2nd leg: Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain) – San Sebastian (Spain) (Sunday 2 July)
- 3rd stage: Amorebieta-Etxano (Spain) – Bayonne (Monday 3 July)
- 4th stage: Dax – Nogaro (Tuesday 4th July)
- 5th stage: Pau – Laruns (Wednesday 5th July)
- 6th stage: Tarbes – Cauterets-Cambasque (Thursday 6 July)
- Stage 7: Mont-de-Marsan – Bordeaux (Friday 7 July)
- Stage 8: Libourne – Limoges (Saturday 8 July)
- 9th stage: Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat – puy de Dôme (Sunday 9 July)
- Monday 10 July: rest in Clermont-Ferrand
- 10th stage: Vulcania (Saint-Ours-les-Roches) – Issoire (Tuesday 11 July)
- Stage 11: Clermont-Ferrand – Moulins (Wednesday 12 July
- 12th stage: Roanne – Chiroubles or Belleville-en-Beaujolais (Thursday 13 July)
- 13th stage: Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne – Grand Colombier (Friday 14 July)
- 14th stage: Annemasse – Morzine (Saturday 15 July)
- Stage 15: Les Gets – Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc (Sunday 16 July)
- Monday 17 July: rest in the Arve valley
- Stage 16: Passy – Combloux (time trial) (Tuesday 18 July)
- 17th stage: Sallanches (?) – Courchevel altiport (Wednesday 19 July)
- Stage 18: Moûtiers-Salins-les-Thermes-Brides-les-Bains – Bourg-en-Bresse (Thursday 20 July)
- 19th stage: Moirans-en-Montagne – Poligny (Friday 21 July)
- Stage 20: Belfort – Le Markstein (Saturday 22 July)
- 21st stage: National Velodrome of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines – Paris-Champs-Elysées (Sunday 23 July)
Great start from the Spanish Basque Country
This 110th edition of the Tour de France will once again start from abroad. The Grand Departure will be given Saturday 1 July 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 Grand Start given by San Sebastian near the beach of La Concha. The group will travel the streets of Spain for three days before returning to France.
The first day will start and end in Bilbao for a 185km loop stage. The route will cross the wild hills that line the Cantaric Sea and will cross Guernica twice, a place of remembrance of the Spanish Civil War. With 3,300 meters in altitude, this first day will be challenging and reserved for boxers.
San Sebastian will host the arrival of the second stage which will start from Vitoria-Gasteiz. A stage of 210 km towards the sea with various difficulties on the route, including the Jaizkibel with its 8.1 kilometers of altitude difference at 5.1% on average less than 20 kilometers from the finish.
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 drive to the French border through the Biscay lands, then crossing the sea.The group will again pass through San Sebastian then Irun and should arrive in Bayonne according to our information. This third phase should therefore be the first for the benefit of the sprinters.
La Grande Boucle is off to a great start in the South-West
After Spain, the Tour de France begins Bayonne on Monday 3rd July. The group will cross the border at Irun and travel the streets of Labourd. A large reunion with Bayonne is planned as the city had not hosted the Grande Boucle for 20 years. The next day, the Tour should begin Dax (Landes) towards Nogaro. The city of Dax hasn’t hosted a stage since 2006 and this will be a great first for Nogaro, in the Gers. A route conceived as a tribute to Louis Ocaña, 50 years after his victory in the Tour de France.
According to our latest information, on Wednesday 5 July, the Tour will do a obligatory passage of Paul
, a city that has already received the competition 73 times. The leg of the day would then start from the city of Pau and head towards Laruns. The next day, as rumors spoke of a time trial starting from Tarbes, it was more of a stage link Tarbes in Cauterets, on the Cambasco plateau
. These two stages would therefore be the first difficulties in the mountains.
The group will then head north a seventh stage between Mont-de-Marsan and Bordeaux
July 7. It would therefore be the second stage in the Landes after Dax-Nogaro, two days earlier. The patience of the Bordeaux people eventually paid off and the wait lasted 13 years.
On Saturday 8 July the cyclists will leave the South-West with a stage that will start Libourne towards Limoges
. If confirmed on Thursday 27 October during the official presentation of the route, it will be the fourth time that Libourne will be the starting city, the last time going back to the 2021 time trial. For Limoges you have to go back to 2016 to find the last visit of the Tour.
The Massif Central in the spotlight
After leaving the Pyrenees and the southwest, the Tour de France must head to another mountainous region: la The Massif Central
. Auvergne will be particularly well served in 2023 with four stages before heading to the Alps. Stage 9 promises to be legendary as it would sign the great return of the ascent of p
uy de Dome
35 years after his last arrival.
(Haute-Vienne), city where Raymond Poulidor is buried, this stage will be at 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 site’s candidacy for UNESCO, then due to the works related to the construction of a line cog railway. In 2023, runners will be able to tackle the 4.5 kilometers of coastline with a regular gradient of 12%.
The next day, the Grande Boucle will be entitled to its first day of rest, probably in Clermont-Ferrand, before getting back on the road to a tenth stage between Vulcania, the volcano theme park, and Issoire.
And it’s not over for Auvergne since then the eleventh stage must start from Clermont-Ferrand to reach Moulins. A race profile reserved a priori for sprinters. This would make it possible to redress an injustice as Moulins has never been a stage city since the creation of the Tour.
The Tour at the attack of the Alps
After the Massif Central, it’s time for serious things. The Grande Boucle takes the road to the Alps with a transition stage that will start from Roanna Thursday 13th July. This stage should lead the runners towards Beaujolais with an expected finish in Chiroubles or Belleville-en-Beaujolais.
Then, as a taste of the Alps, the Tour should tackle the Grand Colombier for the national holiday of July 14th after a departure from Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne. It would therefore be the second time that a stage ends at the top of this pass at 1,500 meters above sea level.
For the first stage in the Alps, the rumors agree on a connecting race Annemasse to Morzine, via the Col de Joux plane
. With its terrible ascent and dangerous descent, this pass is a usual justice of the peace for the mountain stages. The overall standings are likely to be very upset at the end of this day.
The following stages will take place towards the Arve valley. Some uncertainties remain but there is talk of an arrival or a departure a San Gervaisas well as a stopwatch from Passy in Combloux. The group will observe a second day of rest in the area on Monday 17 July.
On the side of certainties there is the return of Dominant coastbecame famous thanks to the title of world champion conquered by Bernard Hinault in 1980. There will also be the return of the Col de la Lozèthe “collar that did not exist
“according to the expression of Christian Prudhomme, the boss of the Tour de France. This ascent, which has become legendary, will be scheduled for a stage that will end atAltiport of Courchevel.
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 could start from Moirans-en-Montagne for an arrival in Poligny or Saint-Claude
. If the city of arrival is not certain, the main hotel in the sector, in Poligny, is full for the night from 20 to 21 July.
The penultimate stage should start from Belfort
just as an arrival to the Markstein via the Grand Ballon is highly anticipated. A look at the women’s Tour de France: the penultimate stage ended last year in this mountain resort in the Upper Rhine, at 1,183 meters above sea level.
Finally, before entering the Champs-Elysées in Paris for the last stage on Sunday 23 July, the group should leave from the national velodrome of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.