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The Route 2023
Le Loop 2023: Saturday 24th June – Sunday 16th July
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, starting in the Araba/Alava province. There’ll be 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 … but we don’t yet know what happens next!
- 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 below as and when they become available.
The 2023 map will be posted here in October 2022 when A.S.O. formally announce the full route.
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As we get closer to the route release in October 2022 we will post route rumours here, so stay tuned for the latest tantalising gossip & hearsay.