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The Route 2023

Fri 23rd June – Mon 17th July
Bilbao to Paris

Route Map

The 2023 map will be posted here in October 2022 when A.S.O. formally announce the full route.

Watch the Official Teaser

Stage by Stage

Stage 1 will be “a loop around Bilbao” – not a time trial though – this will be 185km around Biscay, dropping in on Guernica en route. Oh … and a 5% climb to the finish line! More details will emerge in October

Stage 2 will also take part in the Spanish Basque country, with a total of 5 significant climbs, finishing back on the coast close to the French border. More details in October.

Stage 3 skirts the coast towards France crossing the border to a finish point which won’t be revealed until October.

Come back in October after route release for details.

Come back in October after route release for details.

Come back in October after route release for details.

Come back in October after route release for details.

Come back in October after route release for details.

Come back in October after route release for details.

Come back in October after route release for details.

Come back in October after route release for details.

Come back in October after route release for details.

Come back in October after route release for details.

Come back in October after route release for details.

Come back in October after route release for details.

Come back in October after route release for details.

Come back in October after route release for details.

Come back in October after route release for details.

Come back in October after route release for details.

Come back in October after route release for details.

Come back in October after route release for details.

Come back in October after route release for details.

Time for our lap of honour and the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Paris! But before we live out our maillot jaune fantasies on the sacred cobblestones of the Champs Élysées (one lap only for us – one is enough!), we’ll enjoy a relatively gentle roll in from the suburbs. The Arc de Triomphe will greet us as we cross the sacred cobbles of the Champs-Elysées.  We’ll have a few hours to savour the highs and lows of our achievements, and look forward to celebrating that evening.

The Full 2023 Tour Route won’t be announced until October 2022 but we know that Bilbao is hosting the Grand Depart…

  • It will be the 110th Tour de France, with a Spanish Grand Depart for only the 2nd time in their history (the first was in 1992 from San Sebastián).
  • Starting 1 week ahead of the pros, Stage 1 will be on Saturday 24th June, reaching Paris on Sunday 16th July 2023.
  • We know that the Grand Depart will be “a loop around Bilbao” – not a time trial though – this will be 185km around Biscay, dropping in on Guernica en route. Oh … and a 5% climb to the finish line!
  • Stage 2 will also take part in the Spanish Basque country, with a total of 5 significant climbs, finishing back on the coast close to the French border.
  • The land of Tortilla and Tapas – we’re not going to be going hungry! Look out for locally-themed feed stops.
  • Stage 3 skirts the coast towards France crossing the border to a finish point which won’t be revealed until October.
  • The logical next step is a trip up the Atlantic coast (Biarritz, Bordeaux) but, who knows? We could well find ourselves in the Pyrenees first for a Tour with surprisingly early climbs – either way, plenty to get excited about!
  • … And then, what will come next? A Tour focused on the south of France with Ventoux on the way to the Alps? Or a loop from the Atlantic across the volcanic Massif Central? So many possibilities, so many great cycling options.

Full stage descriptions and profiles (where possible) will be posted above  as and when they become available.

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