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le Tour de France, 2023

1st July - 23rd July, 2023

racing from spain to alsace

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spanish basque grand depart
spotlighting Nouvelle Aquitaine
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2023 tour de france route
the 21 stages for 2023
bonus seconds and points
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the teams
team jerseys/colours
this year’s top ten riders according to betting odds
last year (2022): the first ten riders
mountain stages, uphill and summit finishes

Tour de France 2023s

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what to look forward to

The 110th edition of the Tour de France, cycling’s biggest race, is just around the corner! The TDF kicks off on Saturday 1st July in Bilbao, in the Basque country, with a very complicated first ten days. Significant gaps will be opened up before the first rest day in Clermont-Ferrand on Monday 10 July.

By the time the Champs-Elysées in Paris is reached at the end of the 21st stage, a total of 3,404 kilometres will have been covered. On that day, Sunday July 23rd, the peloton will start from the national velodrome of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. This start is a nod to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games where most of the cycling events will be held.

The 2023 Tour de France route includes
• eight flat stages,
• four hilly stages and
• eight mountain stages, with
• four high altitude finishes:
  • Cauterets-Cambasque (stage 6),
  • Puy de Dôme (stage 9),
  • Grand Colombier (stage 13),
  • Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc (stage 15).
• one individual time trial - Passy to Combloux (stage 16), 22.4 km
• two rest days
30 passes, climbs or hills (hors categorie, category 1 and category 2) of which four are in the Pyrenees and thirteen in the Alps.
• 3 new passes or climbs
  • Côte de Vivero (Basque Country),
  • Col de la Croix Rosier (Massif Central)
  • Col du Feu (Alps).
• The Col de la Loze will be the summit of the Tour at 2,304 m.
   Here, the Souvenir Henri-Desgrange will be awarded, a prize paying tribute to the founder of the Tour.
• The Puy de Dôme will be climbed 35 years after its last ascent in 1988.

Mapof the  2023 Tour de France

Although there is an emphasis to providing work for the race's climbers, sprinters, puncheurs and daredevils will also have the opportunity to shine on the roads of France.

Twelve cities will host the Tour de France for the first time. In addition to the Spanish towns of the first two stages, these will be at Nogaro (Gers) , the Vulcania theme park (Puy-de-Dôme) , Moulins (Allier) , Belleville-en-Beaujolais (Rhône) , Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne (Ain) , Les Gets Les Portes du Soleil (Haute-Savoie) , Passy (Haute-Savoie) , Combloux (Haute-Savoie) , Poligny (Jura) , The Markstein Fellering (Haut-Rhin) .

Grand Depart, Sanish Basque Country

After a Grand Départ given from Bilbao in the Spanish Basque Country - Pays Basque, the peloton will head to the western edge of the Pyrenees and then the département of Les Landes. The 2023 Tour continues to the Massif Central, starting a stage at Vulcania and climbing the Puy de Dôme. In the Alps, big passes await runners, like the Col de la Loze and the Col du Feu, which appears for the first time. Then, before finishing on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Tour gives a final lesson in race climbing, in Alsace with the ascent of the Markstein.

spanish basque grand départ

First three stages of 2023 Tour de France in the Spanish Basque Country

The Grand Départ starts in Bilbao, in the Spanish Basque Country.  The peloton rides on the roads of Spain for three days before returning to France. Starting and ending in Bilbao for a 185 km long loop stage, the route will cross the wild hills bordering the Cantabrian Sea and will pass twice through Guernica, a place of memory of the Spanish Civil War (to read : Franco was not a fascist). With the altitude changing 3,300 metres , this first day will be demanding and reserved for punchers. 

Basque national flag

The second stage finishes at San Sebastian, having started from Vitoria-Gastei. A 210 km stage towards the sea with several difficulties on the route, including the Jaizkibel with its 8.1 km climb, averaging 5.1%, atless than 20 kilometres from the finish. 

Basque national flag

The  third stage moves from Spain to France, crossing the border near Hendaye after starting from Amorebieta-Etxano. The peloton passes again through San Sebastian, then Irun and ends in Bayonne. This third stage should therefore be the first to benefit the sprinters. 

To note, the third stage route has only just been agreed because the original route, with spectacular views along the cliffed coast between Hendaye, was redirected to avoid damaging the fragile cliffs with the pounding of the advertising caravan and all the team vehicles. "Quite logically for reasons of public safety, the prefecture did not want it. But the change of route will not deprive the Basque Coast of aerial images between Hendaye and Saint-Jean-de-Luz". Then there's the sudden construction of 7 speed bumps near Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle on the way into the final sprint to Bayonne, also needing a reorgnisation of the route. Interesting times.

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spotlighting Nouvelle Aquitaine

Between the Basque Country Pyrenees and the four other French mountain ranges, there is a full week in the region of Nouvelle Aquitaine with Bayonne, Dax, Pau, Mont-de-Marsan, Bordeaux, and Libourne being stage towns. This is a long-awaited visit to this part of France. The last time Bayonne was visited was 20 years ago, while Les Landes - the département of Dax, Nogaro, and Mont-de-Marsan - has only been visited glancingly during previous visits, the last time being 15 years ago.

Stage 4 (4 July): Dax - Nogaro
182 km. The peloton starts on the home turf of André Darrigade (now aged 94), the great sprinter of the post-war era. The Tour will starts at the spa town of  Dax (Landes) and finishes at Nogaro (Gers). The city of Dax has not hosted a stage since 2006, and this will be a great first for Nogaro, in the Gers, which will host the finish on its racing circuit. A special moment will be when the peleton visits the Notre Dame des Cyclistes, near La Bastide d'Armanac. The daredevils will try to take advantage of the hilly terrain of the Gers to get away, but the sprinters' teams will make life difficult for them on a final circuit that favours the fast men.

Towns visited on Stage 4 include La Bastide d'Armanac, Monfort-en-Chalosse, Mugron, Montaut, Grenade-sur-Adour.

Stage 7 (7 July) Mont-de-Marsan - Bordeaux
A long, flat drive from pine forests to vineyards.

The arrival at Bordeaux
Necessary study to understand the TDF route at Bordeaux: The six bridges at Bordeaux today

The Tour arrives via the right bank (west side of the river, determined when looking towards the sea direction) of the Garonne, from Bouliac and the quai de la Souys. The runners will cross the Saint-Jean bridge before finishing with a straight line of 2 km and a final sprint on the left bank quais, up to the Place des Quinconces. The arrival of the runners is scheduled around 5:20 p.m., that of the publicity caravan around 3:30 p.m.

At Bordeaux, as they go over the Pont Saint-Jean the peleton goes close to Gustav Eiffel's first major construction, the Passerelle Eiffel, still standing if tired. Yes, Eiffel of the Eiffel Tower in Paris!

Last few km of Stagge 7 at Bordeaux
Last few km of Stage 7 at Bordeaux

For those living in, or visiting Bordeaux on the 7th July, or even the day before, there are roads and bridges that will be closed within the city, as well as many roads on the way through the département of Gironde. Pont Saint-Jean is closed from Thursday 10pm/22h to Friday 9pm/21h, including to pedestrians and bicycles, while Pont Chaban-Delmas is closed on Friday from 9pm to 10.30pm/21h to 22h30.

Closed roads in red at Bordeaux on 7th July.
Closed roads in red at Bordeaux on 7th July

Right bank. On July 7, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., vehicles will be prohibited at the Quai de la Souys, from Bouliac. The area remains accessible to residents, from rue Jean Dupas to quai Deschamps.

Left bank: the left bank quai will be prohibited from 4 a.m. on Friday July 7 between the MIN rue des Maraîchers, the quai Sainte-Croix and the quai des Chartrons at the corner with the Cours du Médoc. The sidewalks remain open. For pedestrians, it will be forbidden to cross the traffic lanes used by the Tour. Crossing points under the control of the security service are provided if necessary.
A dream unfulfilled - the transporter bridge [pont transbordeur], Bordeaux

Parking on the route at Bordeaux, 6th -7th July

Parking is prohibited from 8 p.m Thursday July 6 to 8 p.m Friday July 7 on the entire route (from the quai de la Souys in Bouliac, Floirac to the quai des Chartrons, via the Saint-Jean bridge) .

Bourse car park, entry and exit will be via Place Jean Jaurès. The Allée de Chartres car park is accessible via the Allées de Chartres. The Cité Mondiale et Salinières car park is accessible by the side alley of the quais.

Any vehicle in violation will be impounded.


The TDF 2023 is also the Tour of Remembrance, of cycling excellence. Thus, André Darrigade, from Dax, the best French sprinter in history, winner of 22 stages of the Tour and a title of world champion will be at the start of the fourth stage on the 4th July. There, at only 94 years old, André Darrigade will receive the tribute he deserves.

The memory of Luis Ocaña, owner of a vineyard at Nogaro in Les Landes, will be honoured twice, on the 4th July and then again on Friday 7th July in Mont-de-Marsan, 50 years after hm winning the 1973 Tour.

The 9th stage between Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat and the Puy de Dôme will be the day of Raymond Poulidor, born in Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat. Although Poulidor won 165 races and was on the final Tour de France eight times, he never won the yellow jersey. That prize remains amongst the 68 races where he came second - "The Eternal Second".

More to explore - related reading for the first four stages

the 21 stages of the 2023 route

[Note: blue links go to profile section on this page,
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Flat stages, hilly stages, medium mountain stages,
mountain stages, time trials, rest days
1 Euskal Herria/Spain : Bilbao > Bilbao
Sat. 1 July [182 km / 113 mi]

Roanne > Belleville-en-Beaujolais
Thurs. 13 July [166 km / 103 mi]

2 Euskal Herria/Spain : Vitoria-Gasteiz > San Sebastian
Sun. 2 July [209 km / 130 mi]

Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne > Grand Colombier
Fri. 14 July [138 km / 86 mi]

3 Euskal Herria/Spain : Amorebieta-Etxano > France : Bayonne
Mon. 3 July [185 km / 115 mi]
14  Annemasse > Morzine Les Portes du Soleil
Sat. 15 July [152 km / 94 mi]
4 Dax > Nogaro
Tues. 4 July [182 km / 113mi]
15 Les Gets Les Portes du Soleil > Saint-Gervais Mont-Blancc
Sun. 16 July [180 km / 110 mi]
5 Pau > Laruns
Wed. 5 July [165 km / 103 mi]
R rest in Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc
Mon. 17 July
6 Tarbes > Cauterets-Cambasque
Thurs. 6 July [145 km / 90 mi]
16 Passy > Combloux
Tue. 18 July [22 km / 14 mi]
individual time-trial (ITT)
7 Mont-de-Marsan >Bordeaux
Fri. 8 July [170 km / 110 mi]
17 Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc > Courchevel altiport
Wed. 19 July [166 km / 103 mi]
8 Libourne > Limoges
Sat.9 July [201 km / 125 mi]
18 Moûtiers > Bourg-en-Bresse
Thurs. 20 July [186 km / 116 mi]
9 Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat > Puy de Dôme
Sun. 9 July [184 km / 114 mi]
19 Moirans-en-Montagne > Polignys
Fri. 21 July [173 km / 107 mi]
R rest in Clermont-Ferrand
Mon. 10 July
20 Belfort > Le Markstein
Sat. 22 July [133 km / 83 mi]

Vulcania (Saint-Ours-les-Roches) > Issoire
Tues. 11 July [167  km / 104 mi]

21 Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines > Paris Champs-Élysées
Sun. 23 July [115 km/ 71 mi]

Clermont-Ferrand > Moulins
Wed. 12 July [180  km / 110 mi]

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Tour de France 2023 Rules
(32-page .pdf)

The race's distance is 3,404 kilometres or 2115 miles.


bonus seconds and bonus points

  • These are given at the summits of six significant climbs - 8, 5 and 2 seconds (under the approval of the Union cycliste internationale).

  • Time bonuses will be awarded at the finish of each stage and will amount to 10, 6 and 4 seconds, respectively, for the first three classified riders.

  • Bonus points will be given on passes or summits at strategic points along the route. The first three classified riders will be awarded bonuses of 8, 5 and 2 seconds, respectively (subject to approval by the International Cycling Union). These bonus points will not count towards the points classification.

the teams for 2023

There are twenty-two teams taking part in the 2019 Tour de France. As well as all nineteen UCI World Pro Teams, four second-tier UCI Pro teams have been invited (wih askerisks in the main table) :
  •  Lotto–Dstny 
  •  Team TotalEnergies
  •  Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 
  • Israel–Premier Tech

Team Jayco–AlUla (JAY)

Team Bahrain Victorious ( TBV)

Soudal–Quick-Step (SOQ)
* Lotto Soudal (LTS)
Alpecin–Deceuninck (ADC)
Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux (IWG)

AG2R Citroën Team (ACT)
Cofidis Solutions Crédits (COF)
Groupama–FDJ (GFC)
Intermarché–Circus–Wanty (ICW)
* B&B Hotels p/b KTM  (BBK)
* Team TotalEnergies (TEN)
Arkéa–Samsic (ARK)

Bora–Hansgrohe (BOH)
Team DSM (DSM)

Ineos Grenadiers (IGD)

Israel–Premier Tech (IPT)

Astana Qazaqstan Team (AST)

Team Jumbo–Visma (TJV)
Team dsm–firmenich (DSM)

 * Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 

Team Qhubeka Assos (TQA)

Moviestar Team (MOV)

IAM Cycling (IAM)
Katusha–Alpecin (KAT)

UAE Team Emirates (UAE)

EF Education–EasyPost (EFE)
Lidl–Trek (TFS)

team jerseys/colours

2023 Tour de France team jerseys
2023 TDF team jerseys

this year’s top ten riders according to betting odds

  Name Betting odds
at 28/6/23
UCI Team Code Nat. Comments
1 Jonas Vingegaard 11/10 TJV DEN 26 y.o. Winner 2021 TDF, winner 2022 TDF, winner 2023 Tour de Basque Country, 2023 winner Critérium du Dauphiné, 3rd 2023 Paris-Nice
2 Tadej Pogacar 11/10 UAE SLO

25 y.o. Winner 2020 TDF, Winner 2021 TDF, 2nd 2022 TDF,1st 2023 Paris-Nice, 1st 2023 Vuelta a Andalucía

3 Jai Hindley 14/1 BOH AUS

28 y.o. 1st 2020 Herald Sun Tour, 2nd 2020 Giro d'Italia, 1st 2022 Giro d'Italia, 4th 2023 Critérium du Dauphiné

4 Mattias Skjelmose 25/1 TFS DEN 23 y.o. 1st 2022 Tour de Luxembourg, 1st Tour de Swisse

Enric Mas

25/1 MOV ESP 28 y.o. Catalan, 5th 2020 TDF, 2nd 2021 Vuelta a Espana, 2nd 2022 Vuelta a Espana, 5th Tour de Basque Country, 5th Vuelta a Andalucía
6 Ben O'Connor 30/1 AG2R AUS 27 y.o. Winner 2016  New Zealand Cycle Classic, 4th 2021 TDF, 3rd 2022 and 2023 Critérium du Dauphiné
7 David Gaudu33/1 GFCs FRA 28 y.o. 4th 2022 TDF, 2rd 2023 Paris-Nice, 4th 2023 Tour de Basque Country
8 Simon Yates 40/1 JAY GBR 30 y.o. 3rd 2021 Giro d'Italia, 2nd 2022 Paris-Nice, 4th 2023 Paris-Nice,
9 Richard Carapaz 40/1 EFE ECU 30 y.o. 1st 2021 Olympic Games road race, 1st 2021 Tour de Suisse, 3rd 2021 TDF
10 Adam Yates 50/1 UAE GBR 30 y.o. 4th 2021 Vuelta a Espana, 9th 2022 TDF

last year (2022): the first ten riders

Position Name First name Team Nat. Time diff.
1 VINGEGAARD  Jonas JMV DEN 79h 33' 20"
2 Pogačar  Tadej UAE SLO + 2' 43"


Geraint IGD GBR + 7' 22"
4 Gaudu  David  GFC FRA + 13' 39"


 Aleksandr BOH RUS + 15' 46"
6 Bardet


DSM FRA + 18' 11"
7 Louis Meintjes IWG RSA + 18' 44"
8 Lutsenko Alexey AST KAZ + 22' 56"
9 Yates Adam  IGD GBR + 24' 52"
10 Madouas Valentin GFC FRA + 35' 49"
Overall winner


1 TJV DEN 79h 33' 20"
(Yellow Jersey)
By points Wout van Aert * TJV BEL * pts
(Green Jersey)


1 TJV DEN * pts
(Polka dot Jersey)
Under 25


* UAE SLO 79h 36 04"'
(White Jersey)

Wout van Aert


Team winner

Ineos Grenadiers


mountain stages, uphill and summit finishes

stage 1   stage 2
 Spain (Pays Basque)  Spain (Pays Basque)
 Côte de Vivero (361 m)  Cat. 2 
climb 4.2 km at 7.3 %
Jaizkibel (455 m)  Cat. 2 
 climb 8.1 km at 5,3 %
stage 5 stage 6
 Pyrénées-Atlantiques (64)  Hautes-Pyrénées (65)
 Col de Soudet (1540 m)  HC 
climb 15.2 km at 7.2 %
 Col d'Aspin (1490 m)  Cat. 1 
climb 12 km at 6,5 %
 Col d'Ichère (674 m)   Cat. 3 
 rise 4,2 km at 7 %
 Col du Tourmalet (2115 m)  HC 
rise 17,1 km at 7,3 % 
 Col de Marie-Blanque (1035 m)
climb 7,7 km at 8,6 %   Cat. 1 
 Cauterets-Cambasque (1355 m)
climb 16 km at 5,4 %  Cat. 1 
stage 9 stage 11
 Puy-de-Dôme (63)  Puy-de-Dôme (63), starts at Vulcania
 Puy de Dôme (1415 m)  HC 
climb 13,3 km at 7,7 %
Col de la Croix Saint-Robert  (1451 m)   Cat. 2 
 climb 6 km at 6,3 %
stage 12 stage 13 - 14th July
Rhône (69) Ain (01)
Col de la Croix Montmain (737m)
 rise 5,5 km at 6,1 %    Cat. 2 
Grand Colombier (1501 m)  HC 
 rise 17,4 km at 7,1 %
 Col de la Croix Rosier (717 m)
climb 5,3 km at 7,6 %   Cat. 2 
stage 14 stage 15
 Haute-Savoie (74)  Haute-Savoie (74)
 Col de Cou (1116 m)   Cat. 1 
climb 7 km at 7,4 %
 Col de la Forclaz de Montmin (1157 m)   Cat. 1 
climb 7,2 km at 7,3 %
 Col du Feu (1117 m)   Cat. 1 
 rise 5,8 km at 7,8 % 
 Col de Croix Fry (1477 m)   Cat. 1 
 rise 11,3 km at 7 % 
 Col de la Ramaz (1619 m)    Cat. 1 
 climb 13,9 km at 7,1 %
Haute-Savoie (74) / Savoie (73)
 Col de Joux Plane (1691 m)    HCs 

 rise 11,6 km at 8,5% 
  Col des Aravis (1487 m)   Cat. 3 
 climb 4,4 km at 5,8 % 
   Haute-Savoie (74)
   Côte des Amerands (888 m)   Cat. 2 
 rise 2,7 km at 10,9 % 
  Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc (1372 m)   Cat. 1 
climb 7 km at 7,7 %
stage 16 stage 17
 Haute-Savoie (74)  Savoie (73)
 Côte de Domancy (810 m)  Cat. 2 
 climb 2,5 km at 9,4 %
 Col des Saisies (1650 m)    Cat. 1 
 climb 13,4 km at 5,1 %
   Cormet de Roselend (1968 m)
 rise 19,9 km at 6 %   Cat. 1 
   Côte de Longefoy (1174 m)   Cat. 2 
 climb 6,6 km at 7,5 % 
  Col de la Loze (2304 m)    HC 
 climb 28,1 km at 6 %
stage 19
Territoire-de-Belfort (90) / Vosges (88)    Haut-Rhin (68)
 Ballon d'Alsace (1173 m)    Cat. 2 
climb 11,5 km at 5,2 %
Petit Ballon (1163 m)    Cat. 1 
 climb 9,3 km at 8,1 %
Vosges (88) Col du Platzerwasel (1193 m)
 rise 7,1 km at 8,4 %   Cat. 1 
 Col de la Croix des Moinats (891 m)    Cat. 2 
 rise 5,2 km at 7 % 
 Col de Grosse Pierre (944 m)   Cat. 2 
 climb 3,2 km at 8 %
  Col de la Schlucht (1139 m)
 rise 4,3 km at 5,4 % 
   Cat. 3 

Stage 5: Wed. 5th July – Pau - Laruns, 163 km

stage 5 profile

Analysis to follow.

Col de Soudet hors catégorie climb

Stage 9: Sun. 9th July – Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat > Puy de Dôme, 182,5 km

Analysis to follow.

Puy de Dome hors catégorie climb
Puy de Dome hors catégorie climb

Stage 13: Wed. 5th July –Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne - Grand Colombier, 138 km

Analysis to follow.

Grand Colombier hors catégorie climb
Grand Colombier hors catégorie climb

Stage 14: Wed. 15th July – Annemasse - Morzine Les Portes du Soleil, 152 km

Analysis to follow.

Col de Joux Plane hors catégorie climb, and continuing to the finish
Col de Joux Plane hors catégorie climb, and continuing to the finish

Stage 17: Wed. 19th July – St-Gervais Mont-Blanc - Courchevel, 166 km

Regarded as this year's queen stage - the most grueling in terms gradients and heights climbed, as well as difficulty of roads to negociate.

Col de Joux Plane hors catégorie climb, and continuing to the finish
Col de La Loze hors catégorie climb, and continuing to the finish


watching the race on tv

The Tour de France is being televised throughout the world. The following table lists the broadcasters by country including those providing live broadcasts.

Note, Eurosport broadcasts in Britain on Sky channel 410, as well as in mainland Europe .
Frances broadxasts on France 2 or France 3.

For more details, see the TDF Broadcasters page.

Official TDF broadcasters, 2022
Official TDF broadcasters, 2022

There is no immediate indication whether or not broadcasts are free to view, however most expect a subscription. Of course, this may be part of your television provider's charges.

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