A guide to the stages of the Tour de France 2023. This is an overview map of the 2023 Tour de France route.
A guide to the stages of the Tour de France 2023. This is an overview map of the 2023 Tour de France route.
Stage 1 of the Tour de France 2023 is a 182km hilly road stage starting and finishing in Bilbao.
There's a steep climb 10km before the finish, and the final stretch is an uphill drag (5% gradient) to the line.
That could make it suitable for Mathieu van der Poel or Wout van Aert.
Read about Stage 1 Tour de France 2023.
Stage 2 of the Tour de France 2023 is a 208.9km hilly road stage resembling the Clásica San Sebastián. It starts in Vitoria-Gasteiz and finishes in San Sebastián.
The climb of the Jaizkibel after 192.4km could create a decisive split in the peloton. After the summit, there's 16.5km of downhill and flat to the finish line.
That means the favourites for the Stage 2 win could be similar to those for Stage 1.
Read about Stage 2 Tour de France 2023.
Stage 3 of the Tour de France 2023 is 187.4km from Amorebieta-Etxano to Bayonne, and classified as flat.
It is potentially an opportunity for the sprinters. There are, nevertheless, four classified climbs so it's not a guaranteed bunch sprint. The route is 'peppered with little difficulties'.
Read about Stage 3 Tour de France 2023.
Stage 4 of the 2023 Tour de France is a 181.8km flat stage from Dax to Nogaro.
There's rolling terrain on the way to Labastide-d'Armagnac and the intermediate sprint at Notre-Dame des Cyclistes.
The finish is an 800m straight on the Nogaro motor racing circuit, meaning that lead-out trains could be crucial.
Read about Stage 4 Tour de France 2023.
Stage 5 of the Tour de France 2023 from Pau to Laruns is the first day in the Pyrenees, albeit a relatively modest climbing stage.
The 162.7km route features the hors catégorie Col de Soudet and the Cat. 1 Col de Marie Blanque.
The winner will be a climber who can also sprint to the line in Laruns - probably Pogacar.
Read about Stage 5 Tour de France 2023.
Stage 6 of the Tour de France 2023 is a 144.9km ride from Tarbes to Cauterets-Cambasque. It includes the Pyrenean classics, the Col d'Aspin and the Col du Tourmalet.
The final climb to Cauterets-Cambasque is only 5.4% over 16km, so could suit a puncheur. There is a short steep section just before the finish line, though, which might be made for Pogacar, Vingegaard or Romain Bardet.
Read about Stage 6 Tour de France 2023.
Stage 7 of the Tour de France 2023 is a 169.9km flat stage from Mont-de-Marsan north to Bordeaux.
Part of the route is along the Itinéraire à Grand Gabarit, an itinerary that large parts of Airbus A380s are taken along for final assembly at Toulouse.
The riders will pass through vineyards on the approach to Bordeaux.
After crossing the Garonne in Bordeaux, the finale is a 2km straight on the Quai by the river, with the fastest rider taking the glory.
Read about Stage 7 Tour de France 2023.
Stage 8 is classified as hilly. It is 200.7km from Libourne to Limoges.
The riders will follow the river Dronne upstream, passing through small villages and towns. The second (hilly) half of the stages is in the Parc Naturel Régional Périgord-Limousin.
There are a couple of late Category 4 climbs which could dislodge the pure sprinters, then Stage 8 ends with an uphill sprint away from the river Vienne in Limoges, up Avenue des Bénédictins. Stage 8 should suit the peloton's Classics specialists and the sprinter-climbers.
Read about Stage 8 Tour de France 2023.
Stage 9 of the Tour de France 2023 is a 182.4km mountain stage from Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat to the Puy de Dôme.
Saint-Léonard was Raymond Poulidor's adopted home town, and Poulidor was Mathieu van der Poel's grandfather.
There's plenty of tough Auvergne terrain before the final 4km ascent of the Puy de Dôme, where the average gradient is 12%.
The climb of the Puy de Dôme will be a real highlight of the first block of racing, before a rest day.
Read about Stage 9 Tour de France 2023.
Stage 10 of the Tour de France 2023 is a 167.2km hilly stage from Vulcania amusement park to Issoire.
Christian Prudhomme expects there to be a breakaway today, and the ups and downs of the Chaîne des Puys will be attritional.
By the way, a puy is a volcano with a rounded profile.
Read about Stage 10 Tour de France 2023.
Stage 11 of the Tour de France 2023 is a 179.8km flat stage from Clermont-Ferrand to Moulins.
Towns of interest along the way include Montluçon, which belonged to the Dukes of Bourbon in the Middle Ages, and manufactures Dunlop tyres in the modern era.
Christian Prudhomme says there are plenty of 'leg-breaking' climbs along the route, but the 1,300m straight in Moulins should be ideal for sprinters.
Read about Stage 11 Tour de France 2023.
Stage 12 of the Tour de France 2023 is a 168.8km hilly stage from Roanne to Belleville-en-Beaujolais. This is a Beaujolais stage, racing through the vineyards that produce Beaujolais wine.
Today is an opportunity for a breakaway. Climbs include the Croix Montmain and the Croix Rosier.
The finish is a straight run on the Rue de la République, which is a slight uphill drag.
Read about Stage 12, Tour de France 2023.
Stage 13 of the Tour de France 2023 is a 137.8km mountain stage from Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne to the Grand Colombier.
The first half of the stage is relatively flat, but the climbs start after Ambérieu and include the Plateau d'Hauteville. The summit finish on the Grand Colombier should provide some Bastille Day excitement.
Pogacar won when the races was last here, in 2020.
Read about Stage 13, Tour de France 2023.
Stage 14 of the Tour de France 2023 is a 151.8km mountain stage from Annemasse to the Morzine-Les Portes du Soleil.
The climbs gradually ramp up, building from the Col de Saxel, the Col de Cou and the Col du Feu to the Col de la Ramaz and the Col de Joux Plane. There's a descent to the finish in Morzine.
If it's wet weather as it was on the descent in Morzine in 2016, the GC contenders will need to skill and bravery.
Read about Stage 14 Tour de France 2023.
Stage 15 of the Tour de France 2023 is a 179km mountain stage from Les Gets-Portes du Soleil to Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc.
The climbs include the Col de la Forclaz Montmin and the Col de la Croix Fry. The stage ends with an ascent of the Côte des Amerands, swiftly followed by the climb to Le Bettex and the finish line.
Since this is a tough Alpine stage with a summit finish, it is likely to be important to the General Classification.
Read about Stage 15 Tour de France 2023.
Stage 16 of the Tour de France 2023 is a 22.4km individual time trial from Passy to Combloux.
It includes a climb of the Côte de Domancy, which is famous in France as the slope where Bernard Hinault dropped his last rival for the road World Championship title in 1980.
This is the only ITT of the 2023 Tour, and it is short and climb-y.
Read about Stage 16 Tour de France 2023.
Stage 17 of the Tour de France 2023 is a 165.7km mountain stage from Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc to Courchevel.
The climbs include the Col des Saisies, the Cormet de Roselend, the Côte de Longefoy, and the Col de la Loze. The Col de la Loze is 28.1km, and really steep (24%) near the top.
There's a short downhill to the finish at the Altiport in Courchevel.
Read about Stage 17 Tour de France 2023.
Stage 18 of the Tour de France 2023 is a 184.9km hilly stage from Moûtiers to Bourg-en-Bresse.
When is a hilly stage not hilly? When it's Stage 18 of the Tour de France 2023. Despite the stage being classified as hilly, the route largely avoids the hills, but for two Cat. 4 efforts.
The stage should culminate in a bunch sprint on the straight final kilometre in Bourg-en-Bresse.
Read about Stage 18 Tour de France 2023.
Stage 19 of the Tour de France 2023 is a 172.8km flat stage from Moirans-en-Montagne to Poligny.
The route tours the lakes of the Jura but largely avoids the hills. One of the exceptions is a climb of the Côte d'Ivory which also featured on Stage 5 of the 2023 Dauphiné.
The final straight is 8km long, making it 'a gigantic launchpad' for sprinters.
Read about Stage 19 Tour de France 2023.
Stage 20 of the Tour de France 2023 is a 133.5km mountain stage from Belfort to Le Markstein Fellering.
This quite short day in the Vosges mountains of Alsace features 3,600m of climbing, including the Ballon d'Alsace, the Petit Ballon and the Platzerwasel.
Read about Stage 20 Tour de France 2023.
Stage 21 of the Tour de France 2023 is a 115.1km flat stage from Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines to Paris Champs-Elysées.
The reason for starting in Saint-Quentin is that at the 2024 Paris Olympics, most of the cycling events will be held in Yvelines, home to the National Vélodrome.
The Tour de France finishes with the traditional sprint on the Champs-Elysées.
Read about Stage 21 Tour de France 2023.
A look at some of the main contenders for the General Classification of the 2023 Tour de France. They include Vingegaard and Pogacar, but who else can hope for an overall win?
Read more about Overall Contenders for the Tour de France 2023.
Tour de France 2023 blog, with posts in advance of the race, and after each stage.
23rd July 2023
Stage 21 of the Tour de France 2023 ended with a sprint on the Champs-Elysées.
The day culminated in a 4-way sprint battle involving Mads Pedersen, Dylan Groenewegen, Jasper Philipsen and Jordi Meeus.
Read the Stage 21 Tour de France 2023 Blog.
22nd July 2023
Stage 20 of the Tour de France 2023 was a farewell to the retiring Thibaut Pinot on his home roads.
Pinot was first over the Petit Ballon, but the GC leaders were fast approaching.
Read the Stage 20 TDF 2023 Blog.
21st July 2023
Stage 19 of the Tour de France 2023 saw lots of riders in breakaways, and a relatively calm yellow jersey group a long way back.
The dénouement was a sprint contested by a lead trio of O'Connor, Asgreen and Mohoric.
Read the Stage 19 TDF 2023 Blog.
20th July 2023
Stage 18 of the Tour de France 2023 was a hilly (but not very hilly) stage from Moûtiers to Bourg-en-Bresse.
The breakaway never got a very big lead. Could they hold on against a tired peloton lacking numbers of riders to set the pace on the front?
Read the Stage 18 TDF 2023 Blog.
19th July 2023
Stage 17 of the Tour de France 2023 was the Queen stage, from Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc to Courchevel. It culminated in the climb of the Col de la Loze - 28.1km long, and really steep (24%) near the top.
It was the breakaway vs a marauding Jonas Vingegaard. Would he maraud fast enough?
Read the Stage 17 TDF 2023 Blog.
18th July 2023
The difference between first and second on the Stage 16 individual time trial from Passy to Combloux was more than most people expected.
Wout van Aert, displaced from the hot seat, tipped his hat to the stage winner.
Read the Stage 16 TDF 2023 Blog.
16th July 2023
Stage 15 of the Tour de France 2023 was another exciting day in the Alps.
The breakaway culminated in a battle of the Wouts, the Dutch one vs the Belgian one.
As ever, the top two on GC were looking to gain an advantage over each other.
Read the Stage 15 TDF 2023 Blog.
15th July 2023
Stage 14 of the Tour de France 2023 was an exciting mountain stage.
Jumbo Visma set out to drive the pace all day and make the stage hard. That resulted in a fascinating finale, but no decisive blows were struck.
Read the Stage 14 TDF 2023 Blog.
14th July 2023
On Stage 13 of the Tour de France 2023 only two members of the breakaway made it to the finish before the reduced peloton of GC leaders.
Vingegaard felt that the stage suited his rival Pogacar best, and was sanguine about losing a few seconds.
Read the Stage 13 TDF 2023 Blog.
The teams and riders on the start list for the Tour de France 2023.
|Saturday 1st July 2023||Stage 1, Bilbao to Bilbao|
|Sunday 2nd July 2023||Stage 2, Vitoria-Gasteiz to Saint-Sébastien|
|Monday 3rd July 2023||Stage 3, Amorebieta-Etxano to Bayonne
|Tuesday 4th July 2023||Stage 4, Dax to Nogaro
|Wednesday 5th July 2023||Stage 5, Pau to Laruns
|Thursday 6th July 2023||Stage 6, Tarbes to Cauterets-Cambasque
|Friday 7th July 2023||Stage 7, Mont-de-Marsan to Bordeaux
|Saturday 8th July 2023||Stage 8, Libourne to Limoges
|Sunday 9th July 2023||Stage 9, Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat to Puy-de-Dôme
|Monday 10th July 2023||Rest day at Clermont Ferrand
|Tuesday 11th July 2023||Stage 10, Vulcania to Issoire
|Wednesday 12th July 2023||Stage 11, Clermont-Ferrand to Moulins
|Thursday 13th July 2023||Stage 12, Roanne to Belleville-en-Beaujolais
|Friday 14th July 2023||Stage 13, Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne to Grand Colombier
|Saturday 15th July 2023||Stage 14, Annemasse to Morzine Les Portes du Soleil
|Sunday 16th July 2023||Stage 15, Les Gets Les Portes du Soleil to Saint-Gervais-Mont
|Monday 17th July 2023||Rest Day at Saint-Gervais
|Tuesday 18th July 2023||Stage 16, Passy to Combloux ITT
|Wednesday 19th July 2023||Stage 17, Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc to Courchevel
|Thursday 20th July 2023||Stage 18, Moûtiers to Bourg-en-Bresse
|Friday 21st July 2023||Stage 19, Moirans-en-Montagne to Poligny
|Saturday 22nd July 2023||Stage 20, Belfort to Le Markstein Fellering
|Sunday 23rd July 2023||Stage 21, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines to Paris-Champs-Elysées
The Tour de France 2024.