Tour de France 2023: Route, stages and TV
Find out more about the Tour de France 2023 with our guide including the routes, stages and how to watch on TV.
We usually start getting excited for the next edition of the Tour de France approximately one hour after the current Tour finishes. This year was no different and we're now eagerly looking ahead to the 2023 Tour de France.
The official route announcement occurs in October every year at the Palais des Congrès convention centre in Paris. Stars of previous editions of the race don their Sunday best to watch the Route Director Christian Prudhomme unveil the next route.
Tour de France 2023 in numbers:
Total distance: 3404km
5 mountain ranges (Pyrenees, Massif Central, Jura, Alps and Vosges)
4 summit finishes
30 categorised climbs – a record for the race
When is the Tour de France 2023?
The 2023 Tour de France will take place from Saturday 1 July 2023 until Sunday 23 July 2023.
Where is the Tour de France Grand Départ?
The first 3 stages of the 2023 Tour de France will take place in the Basque Country of northern Spain.
This isn't the first time the Basque Country has hosted the Tour. The 1992 Tour de France Grand Départ was held in San Sebastián. This time, Bilbao will be the 2023 host of the Grand Départ with the city the backdrop to the opening stage.
The opening 3 stages will be held around Bilbao and its nearby towns and cities.
Tour de France Route
The Tour de France is made up of 21 stages across 3 weeks of racing. Within those 3 weeks, there are 3 rest days. At the end of the 3 weeks, we'll find out the winners of the prized Tour de France jerseys.
Tour de France 2023: Stage 1
Bilbao - Bilbao | 185km | Hilly
The first stage of the Tour de France 2023 takes places along the streets of Bilbao. The 185km street circuit features plenty of signature Basque hills and will suit the more explosive and aggressive riders of the peloton.
Though there are many ramps and peaks that pepper the route, just 5 classified climbs count towards the King of the Mountains (KOM) competition:
Côte de Laukiz: 2.1km long with an average gradient of 6.6%
Côte de San Juan de Gaztelungaxte: 3.6km at an average of 7.7%
Côte de Morga: 3.8km with an average gradient of 4.8%
Côte de Vivero: 4.3km at 6.9%
Côte de Pike: 2.2km at 9.9% gradient
Tour de France 2023: Stage 2
Vitoria-Gasteiz - San Sebastián | 210km | Hilly
A 210km route from Vitoria-Gasteiz to San Sebastián awaits riders for the second stage of the 2023 Tour de France. It's yet another route punctuated with hills as is customary for this region of Spain.
Another 5 classified climbs will ensure a busy day for the rider leading the KOM competition:
Côte d'Udana: 4.7km at 4.7%
Côte d'Aztiria: 2.8km at 5.9%
Côte d'Alkiza: 4.1km at 6.1%
Côte de Gurutze 2.6km at 6.1%
Jaizkibel: 6.9km at 6.2%
As the summit of the final climb is just 17 kilometres from the finish, we expect the race to light up on the slopes up and down to the finish. If a lone rider attacks on the ascent, this stage could be as good as won at the peak.
Tour de France 2023: Stage 3
Amorebieta-Etxano - Bayonne | 185km | Flat
Four climbs this side of the Spanish border will sort the best from the rest:
Côte d'Udana: 4.7km at 4.7%
Côte d'Aztiria: 2.8km at 5.9%
Côte d'Alkiza: 4.1km at 6.1%
Côte de Gurutze 2.6km at 6.1%
The race crosses on to home soil shortly after these climbs. Once in France, teams will have the chance to assemble their sprint trains ready for a fast finish in Bayonne.
Tour de France 2023: Stage 4
Dax – Nogaro | 182km | Flat
The first stage on home soil after the Basque Country Grand Départ will take place between Dax and Nogaro. While the course creates a prime opportunity for a breakaway group, the finish line on the Nogaro motor racing circuit has a sprint finish written all over it. As the 70th anniversary of the green jersey, we expect the sprint competition to be hotly contested through the few stages that allow for fireworks.
Tour de France 2023: Stage 5
Pau – Laruns | 165km | Mountain
Both the men’s and women’s race (Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift) visit Pau this year. As the first mountain range (Pyrenees) on the menu for the peloton, it’s time for the General Classification riders to make their mark on the race. That said, Stage 5 may be an opportunity for a small breakaway group to put the hammer down. The Col de Soudet and Col de Marie Blanque offer up a tantalising taste of what’s to follow in the days to come.
Tour de France 2023: Stage 6
Tarbes – Cautarets-Cambasque | 145km | Mountain
While two huge mountain passes lay ahead in the form of Col d’Aspin and Tourmalet, an early unclassified climb gives the possibility for a breakaway to leave the peloton. As the first of 4 summit finishes throughout the race, riders need to set aside some energy for the mighty Cautaret-Cambasque. At a distance of 16km and an average gradient of 5.4%, could we see the Yellow Jersey change shoulders for the first time?
Tour de France 2023: Stage 7
Mont-de-Marsin – Bordeaux | 170km | Flat
A welcome break from the mountains on Stage 7 gives the climbers chance to recoup. The course profile is an open invitation for the Green Jersey competition to light up once more. Bordeaux has a long history with the Tour de France and many of the world’s greatest sprinters have triumphed here.
Tour de France 2023: Stage 8
Libourne – Limoges | 201km | Hilly
Another stage for the sprinters awaits in this long day out on the roads between Libourne and Limoges in the Gironde and Haute-Vienne departments of France respectively. That said, a short but sharp climb at the end of this stage will test the sprinters’ courage and power.
Tour de France 2023: Stage 9
Saint-Léonard-De-Noblat – Puy De Dôme | 184km | Mountain
The stage we’ve all been waiting for is here. Tour de France historians will remember the famous duel between Jacques Antequil and Raymond Poulidor (Mathieu van der Poel’s grandfather) on the slopes of the Puy De Dôme back in 1964. Who will battle it out to the summit of the majestic mountain in 2023? At 13.3km and an average gradient of 7.7%, there’ll be a worthy stage winner at the peak.
We welcome the tribute to Poupou. Our team is already looking forward to the summer of 2023.Philip Roodhooft - Alpecin-Deceuninck
Tour de France 2023: Stage 10
Vulcania – Issoire | 167km | Hilly
The race has never before started within the boundaries of the Volcanic Park (Parc naturel régional des Volcans d'Auvergne), so this will be a real highlight for riders and spectators alike. The terrain rarely lets up leaving on the strongest riders at the front of the day’s stage before heading into Issoire.
Tour de France 2023: Stage 11
Clermont-Ferrand – Moulins | 180km | Flat
Yet another opportunity for the sprinters as the race leaves the Massif Central region. A long 1.3km straight will set the stage for a brilliant bunch sprint before the race turns its focus towards the Alps.
Tour de France 2023: Stage 12
Roanne – Belleville-en-Beaujolais | 169km | Hilly
Breakaway riders have a chance of victory on this alpine warmup stage. Five climbs will ensure the day is anything but dull ahead of the uphill finale just before the mountains begin once more.
Tour de France 2023: Stage 13
Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne – Grand Colombier | 138km | Mountain
Bastille Day presents the Grand Colombier! Though it’s only been featured in the Tour twice – once in 2012 and again in 2020 – the Grand Colombier is one of the most difficult mountain passes in France. When riders reach Culoz, they’ll have 17.4km of gruelling tarmac to endure at an average gradient of 7.1%. The stage winner will muster any last drops of energy to celebrate their victory at the summit.
Tour de France 2023: Stage 14
Annemasse – Morzine | 152km | Mountain
The beauty of Lake Geneva provides a picturesque backdrop to this mountain stage. With 4200 metres of elevation to conquer, riders will be reaching for their easier gears on the slopes of all the climbs which include the Ramaz and Joux Plane.
The region will host this year’s Etape du Tour and the 2027 UCI Cycling World Championships.
Tour de France 2023: Stage 15
Les Gets – Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc | 180km | Mountain
As the home of the 2022 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, Les Gets is no stranger to hosting cycling events. A huge day of climbing (4300m) will keep the King of the Mountains and General Classification classifications occupied, while the sprinters will be looking forward to the rest day the following day.
Tour de France 2023: Stage 16
Passy – Combloux | 22km | ITT
An short but sharp individual time trial eases the peloton into the final week of the Tour de France 2023. The course profile favours time trialists with a penchant for climbing as they take on the Domancy climb. The current leader of the Yellow Jersey competition may use this stage as an opportunity to put seconds into his rivals.
Tour de France 2023: Stage 17
Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc – Courchevel | 166km | Mountain
The queen stage of the Tour de France 2023 is Stage 17. The Col de la Loze is the highest point of the race at 2304m while other nearby mountain passes mean the riders have over 5000m of elevation to endure. The winner will empty their tanks all the way up to the finish line, which happens to be on the local altiport’s 18% runway.
Tour de France 2023: Stage 18
Moûtiers – Bourg-en-Bresse | 186km | Hilly
It’s been 30 long years since the Tour last visited Moûtiers and with the race now heading out of the mountains, it’s time for the sprinters to get their legs ready. A final straight kilometre offers ample time for the Green Jersey contenders to line up for a bunch sprint.
Tour de France 2023: Stage 19
Moirans-en-Montagne – Poligny | 173km | Flat
A brief respite from the French hills and mountains means this stage will be a quiet day for the General Classification. Though this stage is set between the many lakes of the Jura, there’s very little climbing involved.
Tour de France 2023: Stage 20
Belfort – Le Markstein | 133km | Mountains
Just when the riders thought they’d turned their backs on the mountains, they find their tyres rolling along the steep inclines of the Vosges region. The Ballon d’Alsace is the first ascent on which the Yellow Jersey will need to mark his nearest rivals. Fans of the 2022 Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift will remember Movistar’s Annemiek van Vleuten winning on the final climb of this stage, Le Markstein. Who will follow in her footsteps for this year’s men’s race?
Tour de France 2023: Stage 21
Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines – Paris Champs-Élysées | 115km | Flat
If you’re into track cycling, you may have watched the 2022 UCI Track Cycling World Championships hosted at the velodrome in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. As usual, the final stage of the Tour de France heads to the capital for a victory lap of Paris. We can almost hear the rumble of the peloton along the cobbles of the Champs-Élysées already.
What are the teams saying?
Shortly after the Tour de France route presentation concluded, team manager Philip Roodhooft of Alpecin-Deceuninck expressed his excitement for what lies ahead. “The start in the Basque Country, with a real connoisseur crowd will be a hit,” he said afterwards at the Palais des Congrès. “It will be a tough edition with many altimeters and a tough third week.” Asked which stage stood out for him, he continued, “Of course we are delighted with the 9th stage, which will start in Saint-Léonard-De-Noblat, the village that will forever be linked to Raymond Poulidor. We welcome that tribute to Poupou. Our team is already looking forward to the summer of 2023.”
How to watch the Tour de France 2023
The following broadcasters will be showing the Tour de France from start to finish.
GCN+ (Europe and South-East Asia)
NBC Sports (USA)
Sky Sports (New Zealand)
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