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TOTAL: 3492 km

This will be the first Grand Départ in Italy and the 26th that’s taken place abroad  First finale in Nice. Due to the Olympic and Paralympic Games taking place in Paris, the race will not finish in the French capital for the first time.

Two time trials. 25 + 34 = 59km in total, the second of them taking place on the final Monaco>Nice stage. This will be the first time the race has seen a finale of this type for 35 years, the last occasion being the famous Fignon - LeMond duel in 1989.

Apennines (Italy), the Italian and French Alps, Massif Central and Pyrenees will be the mountain ranges on the 2024 Tour route.

The number of countries visited in 2024: Italy, San Marino, Monaco and France. Within France, the race will pass through 7 Regions and 30 departments.

The number of bonus points 8, 5 and 2 bonus seconds go to the first three classified riders, featuring at strategic points along the route (subject to approval by the International Cycling Union)these will have no effect on the points classification. Bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds will be awarded to the first three classified riders at road stage finishes.

Out of a total of 39, the locations or stage towns that are appearing on the Tour map for the first time . In order of appearance: Florence, Rimini, Cesenatico, Bologna, Piacenza, Saint-Vulbas, Gevrey-Chambertin, Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, Évaux-les-Bains, Gruissan, Superdévoluy, Col de la Couillole.

The number of sectors on white roads during stage nine, amounting to 32km in total .

The number of stages: 8 flat, 4 hilly, 7 mountain (with 4 summit finishes at Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet, Plateau de Beille, Isola 2000, Col de la Couillole), 2 time trials and 2 rest days.

The number of riders who will line up at the start of the Tour, divided into 22 teams of 8 riders each.

The height of the summit of the Bonette pass in the Alps, the highest tarmac road in France, which will be the “roof” of the 2024 Tour.

The total vertical gain during the 2024 Tour de France.


A total of 2,3 million euros will be awarded to the teams and riders including € 500,000 to the final winner of the overall individual classification .

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This year's race has kicked off in Bilbao, in Spain's Basque Country. It looks like it'll be a Tour for the climbers, with the Puy de Dôme returning and 56,400 metres of climbing in all

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The 2023 men's Tour de France began in Bilbao, Spain on Saturday, July 1, with a route that looks set to be one for the climbers. It features four summit finishes, including a return for the iconic Puy de Dôme climb for the first time since 1988.

There is just one time trial across the three-week event, a short uphill race against the clock from Passy to Combloux over 22km. There are also returns for other epic climbs like the Col de la Loze and the Grand Colombier, with 56,400 metres of climbing on the Tour de France 2023 route.

The race started on foreign soil for the second year in a row, with a Grand Départ in the Spanish Basque Country , the setting for the race's 120th anniversary. There were two hilly stages in Spain, before the peloton crossed the border into France for a stage finish in Bayonne on day three. 

After visiting Pau for the 74th time on stage five, the race's first real mountain test came on stage six, leaving Tarbes and cresting the Col d’Aspin and Col du Tourmalet before a summit finish in Cauterets. 

On stage seven, the Tour’s second most visited city, Bordeaux, will welcome its first stage finish since 2010, when Mark Cavendish claimed his 14th of a record 34 stage wins. Leaving nearby Libourne the next day, stage eight will head east on a 201km slog to Limoges. 

Before the first rest day, the riders will wind up to the summit of the Puy de Dôme, a dormant lava dome which hasn’t featured in the Tour for 35 years. They’ll then enjoy a well-earned day off in Clermont-Ferrand before continuing their passage through the Massif Central. 

France’s national holiday, 14 July, will be celebrated next year with a summit finish on the Grand Colombier, the site of Tadej Pogačar ’s second stage win back in 2020. From there, the mountains keep coming. The riders will climb over the Col de Joux Plaine to Morzine on stage 14, before another mountaintop test in Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc the next day. 

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The sole individual time trial of the Tour de Franc route comes on stage 16, when a hilly 22km dash from Passy to Combloux will give the GC contenders a chance to force time gaps. The following day will bring the stage with the highest elevation gain, counting 5000m of climbing en route to the Courchevel altiport, via the Cormet de Roselend and the monstrous Col de la Loze. 

On stages 18 and 19, the sprinters are expected to come to the fore, with flat finishes in Bourg-en-Bresse and Poligny. 

The penultimate stage will play out in the country’s most easterly region, ascending the Petit Ballon, Col du Platzerwasel and finishing in Le Markstein, as the Tour de France Femmes did last year. 

The riders will then undertake a 500km transfer to the outskirts of Paris for the curtain-closing stage. The final day will start at France’s national velodrome in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, the track cycling venue for the 2024 Olympics, and will conclude with the customary laps of the capital’s Champs-Elysées. 

The 2023 Tour de France will begin on 1 July, with the winner crowned in Paris on 23 July. 

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Jonas Vingegaard climbs at Itzulia Basque Country

Jonas Vingegaard raced in the Basque Country this year

Tour de France route week summary

Tour de france week one.

The race began in Bilbao, starting in the Basque Country for the first time since 1992, when the Tour started in San Sebastian. The first two stages are packed full of climbs, with ten classified hills in over the opening couple of days, meaning there will be a fierce battle for the polka-dot jersey. Watch out for Basque fans going crazy on the roadside.

Stage three saw the race cross into France, which it will not leave for the rest of the 18 days. As expected we saw a sprint finish in Bayonne, even after four categorised climbs en-route. Nothing is easy this year.

The fourth day was another sprint, on a motor racing circuit in Nogaro, as the race moved, ominously, towards the Pyrenees. The Hors Categorie Col de Soudet on stage five was the first proper mountain of the race, and was followed by the Col de Marie Blanque, which has tough gradients. A GC day early on, although they are all GC days, really.

Stage five was a mountain top finish in Cauterets-Cambasque, but its gradients didn't catch too many out; it is the Col d'Aspin and Col du Tourmalet that will put people through it.

The seventh day of the race was a chance for the riders to relax their legs as the race headed northwest to an almost nailed-on sprint finish, before another opportunity for the the remaining fast men presented itself on stage eight - after two category four climbs towards the end, and an uphill finish.

The long first week of the race - which will have felt longer because last year had a bonus rest day - ended with the mythical Puy de Dôme.

Tour de France week two

Magnus Cort in the break at the 2022 Tour de France

Magnus Cort in the breakaway on stage 10 of the Tour de France 2022

The second week begins with a lumpy road stage around Clermont-Ferrand, starting from a volcano-themed theme park. This will surely be a day for the break. The next day could also be one if the sprint teams fail to get their act together, with two early categorised climbs potential ambush points.

Back into the medium mountains on stage 12, with a finish in the wine making heartland of the Beaujolais, Belleville. Another day for the break, probably, but none of the five categorised climbs are easy.

The following day, stage 13, is France's national holiday, 14 Juillet. The Grand Colombier at the end of the day is the big attraction, with its slopes expected to cause shifts on the GC. Stage 14 is yet another mountain stage as the Tour really gets serious, with the Col de la Ramaz followed by the Col de Joux Plane. The latter, 11.6km at 8.5%, will be a real test for a reduced peloton, before a downhill finish into Morzine.

The final day of week two, stage 15, is yet another day in the Alps before a rest day in Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc. There is nothing as fearsome as the previous days, but 4527m of climbing should still be feared.

Tour de France week three

Tadej Pogačar time trials at the 2022 Tour de France

Tadej Pogačar in the final time trial at the 2022 Tour de France

The third and final week begins with the race's only time trial, 22km long and with a lot of uphill. It is not a mountain event, but it is certainly not one for the pure rouleurs .

Stage 17 looks like the race's Queen Stage, with the final climb up to the Col de la Loze looking incredibly tough on paper, and in real life. That follows the Col de Saisies, the Cormet de Roselend and the Côte de Longefoy, adding up to 5,100m of climbing. The race might be decided on this day.

After that, there is a nice day for the sprinters on stage 18, with a flat finish in Bourg-en-Bresse surely one for the fast men. The next day, stage 19 could be a breakaway day or a sprint finish, depending on how desperate teams are feeling, or how powerful the remaining leadout trains are.

The final mountainous day comes on the penultimate stage, with the men following the Femmes lead and finishing in Le Markstein. However, there's no Grand Ballon, just the Petit Ballon, and so unless something chaotic happens, there should not be great time switches on this stage.

Then, at last, there is the usual finish on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, after the race heads out of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, which has a long-term deal to host the start of Paris-Nice too. ASO country.

Remember, this will be the last time Paris hosts the Tour de France until 2025. So, be prepared.

Tour de France 2023: The stages

Stage one: Bilbao to Bilbao (182km)

Tour de France 2023 stage 1 profile

The opening stage is very lumpy

There was no easing into the Tour de France for the peloton this year, with a tough, punchy day in the Basque Country. Adam Yates took the first yellow jersey of the 2023 Tour de France after a scintillating stage in the Basque Country that saw the overall battle for the Tour take shape at the earliest opportunity.

The Briton emerged clear over the top of the final climb of the stage, the short and steep Côte de Pike, with his twin brother Simon a few seconds behind him. The pair worked well together to stay clear of the chasing bunch of GC contenders before Adam rode his brother off his wheel inside the final few hundred metres to claim victory.

Stage two: Vitoria-Gasteiz to Saint Sebastian (208.9km)

Tour de France 2023 stage 2 profile

Still in the Basque Country, there is a Klasikoa theme to stage two

This was the longest stage of the Tour, surprisingly.  Five more categorised climbs meant  it was unlikely to be a sprint stage, including the Jaizkibel, famous from the Clasica San Sebastian, tackled on its eastern side 20km from the finish. This second stage from Vitoria Gasteiz to San Sebastian on the Basque coast followed many of the roads of the San Sebastian Classic, held here every summer.

An early break was soon established in the first 50km and established a three-minute advantage. However, the break was reeled in and a group, including the yellow jersey Adam Yates, pressed towards the finish with Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) clearly hoping it would finish in a sprint. 

Victor Lafay (Cofidis) had other ideas however, and with all and sundry already having attacked Van Aert, Lafay finally made it stick with a kilometre to go, holding off the reduced bunch all the way to the line.

Stage three: Amorebiata-Etxano to Bayonne (187.4km)

Tour de France 2023 stage 3 profile

Still some hills, but this should be a sprint stage

The third stage took the riders from Amorebieta-Etxano in the Basque Country and back into France, finishing at Bayonne in what was always tipped to be a bunch sprint.  Ultimately, despite a very strong showing in the leadout by Fabio Jakobsen's Soudal-Quick Step team, it was Jasper Philipsen who triumphed , having benefited from a deluxe leadout by team-mate Mathieu Van Der Poel.

Mark Cavendish, who is hunting for a record 35th stage win in what will be his final Tour de France, was sixth.

Stage four: Dax to Nogaro (181.8km)

Tour de France 2023 stage 4 profile

A nailed on bunch sprint, surely. Surely!

Now this one was always going to be a sprint finish, right? It finished on a motor racing circuit in Nogaro, meaning teams have a long old time to sort their leadout trains.  After a sleepy day out all hell broke lose on the finishing circuit with a series of high speed crashes. Jasper Philipsen was one of the few sprinters to still have a lead-out man at his disposal and when that lead-out man is of the quality of Mathieu van der Poel he was always going to be very difficult to beat. So it proved with Australian Caleb Ewan chasing him down hard but unable to come around him.  Philipsen's win handed him the green jersey too .

Stage five: Pau to Laruns (162.7km)

Tour de France 2023 stage 5 profile

The first proper mountain, and the first sorting out, as early as stage five

The first Hors Categorie climb of the race came on stage five, the Col de Soudet, which is 15.2km at 7.2%, before the Col de Marie-Blanque and its steep gradients. It certainly ignited the GC battle!  

A break that at one point contained 37 riders was never allowed more than a few minutes, but that proved unwise for Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogačar behind. Ultimately, with the break already splintering on the final big climb – the Col de Marie-Blanque – Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe), riding his first Tour de France, attacked. 

With Hindley time trialling the largely downhill 18km to the finish, Vingegaard attempted to chase him down – and put time into Pogačar as he did so.

Picking up strays from the early break on the way, Vingegaard got to within 34 seconds of Hindley, but it wasn't enough to stop the Australian from taking the stage win, and the yellow jersey .

Stage six: Tarbes to Cauterets-Cambasque (144.9km)

Tour de France 2023 stage 6 profile

While in the Pyrenees, why not tackle a few more mountains?

A day of aggressive racing in the Pyrenees towards the first summit finish saw Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) take the yellow jersey but Tadej Pogačar (UAE Emirates) win the stage .

Having had his team set a blistering pace on the Col du Tourmalet, Vingegaard attacked with 4km until the summit. Only Pogačar could follow him as yellow jersey holder Jai Hindley dropped back to the peloton

Having joined up with super domestique Wout van Aert over the top, the group of favourites were towed up the first half of the final climb before Vingegaard attacked. Once again Pogačar followed and with two kilometers to go the Slovenian counter-attacked.

He clawed back nearly half a minute by the line, making the race for yellow a three horse race between those two and Hindley in the process. 

Stage seven: Mont-de-Marsan to Bordeaux (169.9km)

Tour de France 2023 stage 7 profile

Bordeaux is always a sprint finish

Renowned as a sprint finish town, Bordeaux didn't disappoint the hopeful fastmen –except perhaps for Mark Cavendish, who had to concede victory to hat-trick man Jasper Philipsen, despite a very strong charge for the line from the Manxman .

With Cavendish hunting that elusive 35th record stage win, and having won here last time the Tour came visiting in 2010, many eyes were on the Astana Qazaqstan rider, with on-form Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) who has won twice already, starting as favourite.

The day began with Arkéa-Samsic's Simon Gugliemi forging what turned out to be a solo break that lasted 130 kilometres. He was joined by Pierre Latour (TotalEnergies) and Nans Peters (Ag2r-Citroën) halfway through the stage, the trio forming a purposeful triumvirate of home riders.

However, with the sprinters and their teams on the hunt and few places to hide on what was a hot day crammed with long, straight roads, the break served only as a placeholder for the day's main action in Bordeaux.

A technical finish with roundabouts aplenty, first Jumbo-Visma (in the service of GC leader Jonas Vingegaard) and then Alpecin-Deceuninck took the race by the scruff of the neck in the final. Philipsen enjoyed a marquee leadout from team-mate Mathieu Van Der Poel, but when Cavendish turned on the afterburners at around 150m and leapt forward, the whole cycling world held its breath.

That 35th stage win had to wait for another day though, with Philipsen sweeping past in what was yet another command performance from the Belgian.

Stage eight: Libourne to Limoges (200.7km)

Tour de France 2023 stage 8 profile

Three categorised climbs in the final 70km could catch people out

Mads Pedersen powered to victory up a punchy finish on stage eight of the  Tour de France , managing to hold off green jersey  Jasper Philipsen  in the process.

Pedersen, the Lidl-Trek rider, now has two Tour stage wins to his name, in a finish which mixed pure sprinters and punchier riders. Alpecin-Deceuninck's Philipsen was third, with Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) in third. To prove how mixed the top ten was, however, Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) finished behind the likes of Corbin Strong (Israel-Premier Tech) and Bryan Coquard (Cofidis).

On a day which could have been one for the breakaway, the race was controlled expertly by Jumbo, Trek and Alpecin for their options, and so the escapees were never allowed much time. Sadly, stage eight turned out to Mark Cavendish's last - the Astana-Qazaqstan rider crashed heavily and was forced to abandon .

Stage nine: Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat to Puy de Dôme (184km)

Tour de France 2023 stage 9 profile

The Puy de Dôme is back, and is vicious

In a north American showdown it was Canada that came out on top as  Michael Woods  beat American rival  Matteo Jorgenson  to the win atop the legendary Puy de Dôme.

Jorgenson had gone solo form a breakaway with 40km left to race. However, on the slopes of the Puy de Dôme where the gradient remains over 105 for more than four kilometres, Woods closed the gap and came around Jorgenson with just 600m left to go.

In the final kilometre, of what had been a blisteringly hot day with temperatures north of 30 degree Celsius, Tadej Pogačar managed to drop Jonas Vingegaard but the Jumbo-Visma captain dug deep to minimise his losses and came across the line eight seconds down.

Stage 10: Vulcania to Issoire (162.7km)

Tour de France 2023 stage 10 profile

Five categorised climbs over this Volcanic stage

The breakaway had its day in Issoire, as Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious) won beneath the scorching sun in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. 

After a frantic start, the mood finally settled and a 14-rider move went clear. Krists Neilands (Israel Premier Tech) launched a solo bid with around 30km remaining, but was caught in the closing moments by a chasing group led by Bilbao. The Spaniard then policed attacks in the finale, before sprinting to his team's first victory at this year's race. 

"For Gino," Bilbao said afterwards, dedicating his win to his late teammate, Gino Mäder .  

Stage 11: Clermont-Ferrand to Moulins (179.8km)

Tour de France 2023 stage 11 profile

The flat finalé hints at a sprint, but it could be a break day

After a difficult previous day that was hot and hilly, the bunch allowed the break to go very quickly, with Andrey Amador, Matis Louvel and Daniel Oss quickly gaining three minutes. They were kept on a tight leash though, with the sprinters' teams eyeing a bunch finish. And this they delivered, with Jasper Philipsen winning a fourth stage after a tricky finale.

Stage 12: Roanne to Belleville-en-Beaujolais (168.8km)

Tour de France 2023 stage 12 profile

Hills return, with some steep, punchy ones towards the end

Just like stage ten, Thursday's stage 12 was a fast and frenetic affair on the road to Belleville-en-Beaujolais. A strong group of puncheur type riders eventually got up the road after the breakaway took more than 80 kilometres to form. Ion Izagirre (Cofidis) came out on top at the finish, soloing to the line after a big attack on the final climb of the day. 

Stage 13: Châtillon-Sur-Chalaronne to Grand Colombier (138km)

Tour de France 2023 stage 13 profile

Welcome to the Alps, here's an hors categorie climb

Michał Kwiatkowski took an impressive solo victory on the summit finish of the Grand Colombier. The Polish rider caught and passed the remnants of the day's breakaway which included Great Britain's James Shaw to grab his second-ever Tour stage win. Behind the Ineos rider, Tadej Pogačar attacked and took eight seconds back on Jonas Vingegaard in the fight for the yellow jersey. 

Stage 14: Annemasse to Morzine Les Portes du Soleil (151.8km)

Tour de France 2023 stage 14 profile

Five categorised climbs, four of which are one and above. Ouch.

Carlos Rodríguez announced himself on his Tour de France debut on stage 14 with a career-defining victory in Morzine. While all eyes were on Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogačar, the Spaniard broke free on the descent of the Col de Joux Plane and descended as if on rails to the finish. 

Stage 15: Les Gets Les Portes du Soleil to Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc (179km)

Tour de France 2023 stage 15 profile

Back to a summit finish, there is no escape at this Tour

The breakaway had its day at the summit of Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc. After dedicating his career to domestique duties, the victory went to Wout Poels (Bahrain Victorious), who launched a late attack on the steepest slopes and held off Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) to the line.

Stage 16: Passy to Combloux ITT (22.4km)

Tour de France 2023 stage 16 profile

A time trial! But not a flat one

Stage 16 brought the fewest time trial kilometres at the Tour de France in 90 years. On the uphill test to Combloux, Jonas Vingegaard proved the strongest , and by quite a way, too. The Dane's winning margin of 1-38 over Tadej Pogačar left him in the driving seat to taking his second Tour title.

Stage 17: Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc to Courchevel (165.7km)

Tour de France 2023 stage 17 profile

Back to  the proper mountains, and there will be no let up on the final Wednesday

The Queen stage brought a career-defining victory for Austrian Felix Gall (AG2R Citroën), but all eyes were on the GC battle, and the demise of Tadej Pogačar. The UAE Team Emirates rider cracked on the slopes of the Col de la Loze, losing almost six minutes to Jonas Vingegaard, and slipping to 7-35 in the overall standings.

Stage 18: Moûtiers to Bourg-en-Bresse (184.9km)

Tour de France 2023 stage 18 profile

Two category four climbs on the road to a chicken-themed sprint

Denmark's Kasper Asgreen put in one of the best performances of the race to grab his first-ever Tour victory . The Soudal Quick-Step rider was part of a four man breakaway that managed to hold on all the way to the line by just a handful of seconds ahead of the peloton.

Stage 19: Moirans-en-Montagne to Poligny (172.8km)

Tour de France 2023 stage 19 profile

Another sprint, maybe, or a heartbreaking chase which fails to bring the breakaway back

Matej Mohorič of Bahrain Victorious took an emotional victory in Poligny after a chaotic day of racing. The Slovenian rider launched an attack with Kasper Asgreen and Ben O'Connor on the final climb of the hilly stage before beating his breakaway compatriots in a three-up sprint for the line. It was Mohorič's third-ever Tour victory.

Stage 20: Belfort to Le Markstein Fellering (133.5km)

Tour de France 2023 stage 20 profile

One last chance. Six categorised climbs, will it shake up the GC?

The race might be very near Germany at this point, but Belfort remained French after the Franco-Prussian War, unlike the territory the penultimate stage travels into. 

This is the last chance saloon for all teams and riders who aren’t sprinters, especially those with GC ambitions. However, it is not quite the task of the previous Alpine days, with the six categorised climbs not the most testing. Still, there will be a lot of people trying to make things happen.

Stage 21: Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines to Paris (115.1km)

Tour de France 2023 stage 21 profile

The classic Parisian sprint. Lovely.

This will be the last time the Tour heads to Paris until at least 2025, so make the most of those shots of the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Élysées. The classic procession will happen for the first 55km until the race hits the Champs for the first time 60km in. From that point on, anything goes, although that anything will probably be a bunch sprint.

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The multi-stage race will see the best cyclists in the world race across different terrains and locations throughout France and the Basque country.

Defending champion, Denmark’s Jonas Vingegaard will be looking to retain his yellow jersey with his main threat likely to be two-time Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar , despite the 24-year-old seeing his early year form and tour preparations hampered by a fractured wrist.

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The 2023 Tour de France will take place between July 1-23 with the riders completing a series of different stages across varying terrain.

Where does the Tour de France start?

The first stage of the Tour de France, known as the Grand Départ, will take place in Bilbao which is located in the Basque Country in northern Spain. The first three stages will all start in Spain before the riders cross over into France for the conclusion of stage three in Bayonne.

How many stages are there in the Tour de France?

There are 21 stages in the Tour de France, with two rest days sandwiched in between. Across the three weeks of racing, the riders will have 6 flat stages, 6 hilly stages, 8 mountain stages and one individual time trial.

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How long is the Tour de France?

This year’s Tour de France will be raced over 3,404 kilometres (2,115 miles). The longest day will be stage two from Vitoria-Gasteiz to San Sebastian, which is 209km while the shortest - besides the time trial - at just 115km is the final stage from Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines to Paris Champs-Elysees

How many teams and riders are in the Tour de France?

There are 22 teams that make up the Tour de France. Each team is made up of eight riders meaning 176 cyclists will compete in this year’s race.

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Tour de France 2023 stage guide – Schedule and key dates as Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard chase yellow

Felix Lowe

Updated 30/06/2023 at 16:11 GMT

Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogacar resume their Tour de France rivalry as the duo do battle for the yellow jersey this July. Defending champion Vingegaard and the two-time winner Pogacar top the list of favourites as Egan Bernal makes his first Tour appearance in three years. So what is the route and schedule for this year’s Tour? And what are the key stages in the race?

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Your complete guide to watching the Tour de France with details including dates, times and the full schedule for each stage.

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The Tour de France schedule is locked in and ready to roll with the world's finest cycling stars ready to convene for another crack at the most prestigious race.

The 2023 edition of the Tour will actually begin in Bilbao, Spain, before rising and falling throughout the lush French countryside before arriving at the finish line in Paris.

It's not uncommon to start the Tour in another country, with 2022 kick-starting in Copenhagen, Denmark, and next year set to begin in Florence, Italy.

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Last year saw Danish superstar Jonas Vingegaard claim victory after finishing second in his maiden Tour de France voyage in 2021.

Fans across the globe will be keen to see how his expected third battle with Tadej Pogačar will develop over the course of the coming weeks, and we're on hand to offer the full route and riders list below.

More like this brings you all the dates and times you need to know in the Tour de France 2023 schedule.

When does Tour de France 2023 start?

The race begins on Saturday 1st July 2023 at the Fossacesia Marina.

The event will come to an end on Sunday 23rd July 2023 , with the final stage to be held on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Most stages begin between 11am and 1pm throughout the event.

Tour de France 2023 route and schedule

Saturday 1st July

Stage 1: Bilbao to Bilbao, 182km

Sunday 2nd July

Stage 2: Vitoria-Gasteiz to San Sebastian, 209km

Monday 3rd July

Stage 3: Amorebieta-Etxano to Bayonne, 185km

Tuesday 4th July

Stage 4: Dax to Nogaro Circuit, 182km

Wednesday 5th July

Stage 5: Pau to Laruns, 165km

Thursday 6th July

Stage 6: Tarbes to Cauterets, 145km

Friday 7th July

Stage 7: Mont de Marsan to Bordeaux, 170km

Saturday 8th July

Stage 8: Libourne to Limoges, 201km

Sunday 9th July

Stage 9: Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat to Puy de Dôme, 184km

Monday 10th July

Rest day: Clermont-Ferrand

Tuesday 11th July

Stage 10: Parc Vulcania to Issoire, 167km

Wednesday 12th July

Stage 11: Clermont Ferrand to Moulins, 180km

Thursday 13th July

Stage 12: Roanne to Belleville-en-Beaujolais 169km

Friday 14th July

Stage 13: Châtillon-Sur-Chalaronne to Grand Colombier, 138km

Saturday 15th July

Stage 14: Annemasse to Morzine, 152km

Sunday 16th July

Stage 15: Les Gets to Saint Gervais, 180km

Monday 17th July

Rest day: Saint Gervais Mont Blanc

Tuesday 18th July

Stage 16: Passy to Combloux, 22km

Wednesday 19th July

Stage 17: Saint Gervais to Courchevel, 166km

Thursday 20th July

Stage 18: Moutiers to Bourg en Bresse, 186km

Friday 21st July

Stage 19: Moirans-en-Montagne to Poligny, 173km

Saturday 22nd July

Stage 20: Belfort to Le Markstein, 133km

Sunday 23rd July

Stage 21: Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines to Paris Champs-Elysées, 115km

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Tour de France 2023 start list – teams and riders


  • Jonas Vingegaard
  • Tiesj Benoot
  • Wilco Kelderman
  • Christophe Laporte
  • Wout Van Aert
  • Dylan Van Baarle
  • Nathan Van Hooydonck
  • Robert Gesink
  • Attila Valter

UAE Team Emirates

  • Tadej Pogačar
  • Mikkel Bjerg
  • Felix Grossschartner
  • Vegard Stake Laengen
  • Rafal Majka
  • Matteo Trentin
  • Domen Novak
  • Tim Wellens

INEOS Grenadiers

  • Egan Bernal
  • Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas
  • Omar Fraile Matarranz
  • Michal Kwiatkowski
  • Daniel Felipe Martinez Poveda
  • Thomas Pidcock
  • Carlos Rodriguez Cano
  • Pavel Sivakov
  • Connor Swift

Groupama - FDJ

  • David Gaudu
  • Kévin Geniets
  • Stefan Küng
  • Olivier Le Gac
  • Valentin Madouas
  • Quentin Pacher
  • Thibaut Pinot
  • Michael Storer
  • Matthieu Ladagnous
  • Rudy Molard

EF Education - EasyPost

  • Richard Carapaz
  • Andrey Amador
  • Alberto Bettiol
  • Jhoan Esteban Chaves Rubio
  • Magnus Cort Nielsen
  • Neilson Powless
  • Rigoberto Uran
  • Owain Doull
  • Frølich Mikkel Honoré

Soudal Quick-Step

  • Julian Alaphilippe
  • Kasper Asgreen
  • Rémi Cavagna
  • Tim Declercq
  • Dries Devenyns
  • Fabio Jakobsen
  • Yves Lampaert
  • Michael Mørkøv
  • Andrea Bagioli
  • Tim Merlier

Bahrain Victorious

  • Mikel Landa Meana
  • Nikias Arndt
  • Phil Bauhaus
  • Pello Bilbao Lopez de Armentia
  • Matej Mohoric
  • Wouter Poels
  • Fred Wright
  • Kamil Gradek
  • Antonio Tiberi

Bora - Hansgrohe

  • Emanuel Buchmann
  • Marco Haller
  • Jai Hindley
  • Bob Jungels
  • Patrick Konrad
  • Jordi Meeus
  • Nils Politt
  • Danny Van Poppel
  • Giovanni Aleotti
  • Ryan Mullen

Lidl - Trek

  • Giulio Ciccone
  • Tony Gallopin
  • Mattias Skjelmose
  • Alex Kirsch
  • Juan Pedro Lopez Perez
  • Mads Pedersen
  • Quinn Simmons
  • Jasper Stuyven
  • Bauke Mollema
  • Edward Theuns

AG2R Citroen Team

  • Ben O'Connor
  • Clément Berthet
  • Benoit Cosnefroy
  • Stan Dewulf
  • Oliver Naesen
  • Aurélien Paret Peintre
  • Nans Peters
  • Franck Bonnamour
  • Dorian Godon


  • Mathieu Van Der Poel
  • Silvan Dillier
  • Michael Gogl
  • Quinten Hermans
  • Søren Kragh Andersen
  • Jasper Philipsen
  • Jonas Rickaert
  • Ramon Sinkeldam
  • Xandro Meurisse
  • Gianni Vermeersch

Intermarché - Circus - Wanty

  • Biniam Girmay
  • Lilian Calmejane
  • Louis Du Bouisson Meintjes
  • Adrien Petit
  • Mike Teunissen
  • Georg Zimmermann
  • Sven Erik Bystrøm
  • Rune Herregodts
  • Guillaume Martin
  • Bryan Coquard
  • Simon Geschke
  • Ion Izaguirre Insausti
  • Victor Lafay
  • Anthony Perez
  • Alexis Renard
  • Axel Zingle
  • Pierre Luc Perichon
  • Maximilian Richard Walscheid

Movistar Team

  • Ruben Almeida Guerreiro
  • Alex Aranburu Deba
  • Gorka Izagirre Insausti
  • Matteo Jorgenson
  • Gregor Mühlberger
  • Nelson Oliveira
  • Antonio Pedrero
  • Jorge Arcas
  • Carlos Verona Quintanilla

Team DSM - Firmenich

  • Romain Bardet
  • John Degenkolb
  • Matthew Dinham
  • Alexander Edmondson
  • Nils Eekhoff
  • Christopher Hamilton
  • Kevin Vermaerke
  • Sam Welsford
  • Lund Tobias Andresen
  • Florian Stork

Israel - Premier Tech

  • Michael Woods
  • Guillaume Boivin
  • Simon Clarke
  • Krists Neilands
  • Nicholas Schultz
  • Corbin Strong
  • Dylan Teuns
  • Omer Goldstein
  • Daryl Impey

Team Jayco Alula

  • Simon Philip Yates
  • G Lawson Craddock
  • Luke Durbridge
  • Dylan Groenewegen
  • Chris Harper
  • Juul Christopher Jensen
  • Luka Mezgec
  • Elmar Reinders
  • Michael Hepburn
  • Matteo Sobrero

Team Arkea - Samsic

  • Warren Barguil
  • Jenthe Biermans
  • Clément Champoussin
  • Anthony Delaplace
  • Simon Guglielmi
  • Matis Louvel
  • Luca Mozzato
  • Laurent Pichon
  • Selie Gesbert
  • Sthibault Guernalec


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  • Jasper De Buyst
  • Pascal Eenkhoorn
  • Frederik Frison
  • Jacopo Guarnieri
  • Maxim Van Gils
  • Florian Vermeersch
  • Sylvain Moniquet
  • Brent Van Moer

Astana Qazaqstan Team

  • Mark Cavendish
  • David De La Cruz Melgarejo
  • Yevgeniy Fedorov
  • Alexey Lutsenko
  • Gianni Moscon
  • Luis Leon Sanchez
  • Harold Alfonso Tejada Canacue
  • Fabio Felline
  • Antonio Nibali

Uno-X Pro Cycling Team

  • Alexander Kristoff
  • Jonas Abrahamsen
  • Anthon Charmig
  • Tobias Halland Johannessen
  • Rasmus Tiller
  • Torstein Træen
  • Gregaard Jonas Wilsly
  • Søren Wærenskjold
  • Martin Urianstad Bugge
  • Anders Halland Johannessen


  • Peter Sagan
  • Edvald Boasson-Hagen
  • Mathieu Burgaudeau
  • Valentin Ferron
  • Pierre Latour
  • Anthony Turgis
  • Paul Ourselin
  • Alexis Vuillermoz

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A stage-by-stage look at the 2021 Tour de France route with profiles, previews, distances, dates and estimated start times (all times Eastern). Check out extended highlights here.

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  • Date : Saturday, June 26
  • Start time : 6:00 a.m. on Peacock , NBCSN
  • Distance : 197.8 km (122.9 miles) - Hilly
  • Preview : The 1st stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers approximately 198 km. The race starts in Brest and ends in Landerneau in what should be an exciting finish to see who can claim the first yellow jersey of the Tour. It includes 6 categorized climbs, though none tougher than a Category 3, and an intermediate sprint at 135.1 km.
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  • Date : Sunday, June 27
  • Start time : 7:00 a.m. on Peacock , NBCSN
  • Distance : 183.5 km (114 miles) – Hilly
  • Preview : The 2nd stage of the 2021 Tour de France is a 183.5-kilometer hilly stage that starts in Perros-Guirec and ends on the Mur-de-Bretagne in Guerledan. It features another 6 categorized climbs, all Category 3 or 4, including two climbs of the Mur-de-Bretagne. Between bonus seconds behind awarded atop the first Mur-de-Bretagne ascent and an uphill sprint to the finish line on the last climb, there could be an early swap of the yellow jersey.

Tour de France Stage 2 Profile


  • Date : Monday, June 28
  • Distance : 182.9 km (113.6 miles) – Flat
  • Preview : The 3rd stage of the 2021 Tour de France is simpler flat stage, covering approximately 182.9 km and only featuring a pair of Category 4 climbs. In between those two climbs on the route from Lorient to Pontivy is an intermediate sprint at 118.3 km. With a flat road to the finish line, this stage should see the “pure” sprinters compete head-to-head for the first time in this year’s Tour.

Tour de France Stage 3 Profile


  • Date : Tuesday, June 29
  • Start time : 7:15 a.m. on Peacock , NBCSN
  • Distance : 150.4 km (93.5 miles) – Flat
  • Preview : The 4th stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers 150.4 km, as the best sprinters in the world will be on display for a second straight flat stage. The race from Redon to Fougeres is the only non-time trial stage in this year’s Tour without a single categorized climb. The stage features an intermediate sprint in the 2nd half of the stage at 114.4 km before another bunch sprint is expected at the finish line.

Tour de France Stage 4 Profile


  • Date : Wednesday, June 30
  • Start time : 6:05 a.m. on Peacock , NBCSN
  • Distance : 27.2 km (16.9 miles) – Individual Time Trial
  • Preview : The 5th stage of the 2021 Tour de France is the first of two individual time trials, this one starting in Change and ending in Laval. It’s the first year since 2017 that the Tour has featured multiple individual time trials, which suggests the yellow jersey could be decided by which of the GC riders are the best time trialists. The rider who finishes the 27.2 km route on Stage 5 could very well be the new leader until at least the second week of racing.

Tour de France Stage 5 Profile


  • Date : Thursday, July 1
  • Start time : 7:45 a.m. on Peacock , NBCSN
  • Distance : 160.6 km (99.8 miles) – Flat
  • Preview : The 6th stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers 160.6 km from Tours to Chateauroux and is another stage designed for a finish-line showdown between the sprinters. One Category 4 climb comes at 72.6 km before the green jersey race takes over. An intermediate sprint at 104.3 km precedes what should be another exciting bunch sprint to end the day.

Tour de France Stage 6 Profile


  • Date : Friday, July 2
  • Start time : 4:50 a.m. on Peacock , NBCSN
  • Distance : 249.1 km (154.8 miles) – Hilly
  • Preview : The 7th stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers 249.1 km, the longest stage since 2000. The race starts in Vierzon and ends in Le Creusot. The intermediate sprint comes before five categorized climbs, including the first Category 2 climb of the Tour, which will award bonus seconds atop the Signal d’Uchon. The course suggests it could be a successful day for the breakaway or a small group of all-rounders contending to wear yellow at the end of the first week.

Tour de France Stage 7 Profile


  • Date : Saturday, July 3
  • Distance : 150.8 km (93.7 miles) – Mountain
  • Preview : The 8th stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers 150.8 km and is the first mountain stage of the race. After a first week without a lot of difficult climbing, the stage from Oyonnax to Le Grand-Bornand features three Category 1 climbs. With bonus seconds being awarded at the top of the Col de la Colombiere, the final climb of the day, the attention turns to the best climbers in the peloton.

Tour de France Stage 8 Profile


  • Date : Sunday, July 4
  • Start time : 6:50 a.m. on Peacock , NBCSN
  • Distance : 144.9 km (90 miles) – Mountain
  • Preview : The 9th stage of the 2021 Tour de France from Cluses to Tignes covers approximately 144.9 km and will be the most grueling stage of the Tour to this point. There’s five categorized climbs, all of which are Category 2 or higher, including the first HC climb of the Tour on the Col du Pre. Plus, the finish line marks the first of three summit finishes of the Tour, following a 21 km ascent up the Montee de Tignes.

Tour de France Stage 9 Profile


  • Date : Tuesday, July 6
  • Start time : 6:55 a.m. on Peacock , NBCSN
  • Distance : 190.7 km (118.5 miles) – Flat
  • Preview : The 10th stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers 190.7 km following the first of two rest days. Unless there’s extreme crosswinds, expect a simple day on the course from Albertville to Valence. Just a single Category 1 climb and the intermediate sprint come in the first half of the stage before the peloton sets itself up for a probable bunch sprint at the finish line in a day suited for the green jersey contenders.

Tour de France Stage 10 Profile


  • Date : Wednesday, July 7
  • Start time : 5:50 a.m. on Peacock , NBCSN
  • Distance : 198.9 km (123.6 miles) – Mountain
  • Preview : The 11th stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers approximately 198.9 km and features two different climbs up the same mountain. After leaving Sorgues, riders will encounter five categorized climbs in total, the last two a Category 1 climb and an HC ascent both up Mount Ventoux. Bonus seconds will be awarded atop the final climb before the majority of the final 22 km are downhill to the finish line in Malaucene.

Tour de France Stage 11 Profile


  • Date : Thursday, July 8
  • Start time : 7:20 a.m. on Peacock , NBCSN
  • Distance : 159.4 km (99 miles) – Flat
  • Preview : The 12th stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers 159.4 km. The route from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Nimes is another flat stage that suits the sprinters, with no obstacles until a Category 3 climb at 83.7 km, just after the halfway point in the stage. With a late intermediate sprint in play, the green jersey race will be the highlight of the day.

Tour de France Stage 12 Profile


  • Date : Friday, July 9
  • Start time : 5:55 a.m. on Peacock , NBCSN
  • Distance : 219.9 km (136.6 miles) – Flat
  • Preview : The 13th stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers a lengthy 219.9 km on the second straight day with a flat stage, starting where the previous day finished in Nimes. Once an early Category 4 climb is out of the way, the attention turns to the sprinters. While it does look like a straightforward day for the green jersey race, the finish town of Carcassonne has never seen a bunch sprint when it has hosted a finish line in the Tour.

Tour de France Stage 13 Profile


  • Date : Saturday, July 10
  • Start time : 6:15 a.m. on Peacock , NBC
  • Distance : 183.7 km (114.1 miles) – Hilly
  • Preview : The 14th stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers 183.7 km. The race starts where it finished Stage 13 in Carcassonne and finishes in Quillan. The hilly stage features five categorized climbs, three of which are Category 2. The final climb of the day will award bonus seconds atop the Col de Saint-Louis. On paper, this looks like a day for the breakaway, with the heavier mountain stages still to come in the third week of the race .

Tour de France Stage 14 Profile


  • Date : Sunday, July 11
  • Start time : 6:10 a.m. on Peacock , NBCSN
  • Distance : 191.3 km (118.9 miles) – Mountain
  • Preview : The 15th stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers 191.3 km, a long mountain stage starting in Ceret and finishing in Andorre-la-Vieille. Let the third week of the Tour begin with four categorized climbs, including three Category 1 climbs, and bonus seconds up for grabs atop the Col de Beixalis. The riders will also endure the highest point of the Tour at over 2,400 meters on the Port d’Envalira.

Tour de France Stage 15 Profile


  • Date : Tuesday, July 13
  • Distance : 169 km (105 miles) – Hilly
  • Preview : The 16th stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers 169 km following the final rest day of the race. Now that they’ve gotten another quick rest ahead of the most pivotal racing, the yellow jersey contenders might let the breakaway succeed on this hilly stage from Pas de la Case to Saint-Gaudens. Four spread-out categorized climbs make this an exciting opportunity for a strong breakaway specialist.

Tour de France Stage 16 Profile


  • Date : Wednesday, July 14
  • Start time : 5:45 a.m. on Peacock , NBCSN
  • Distance : 178.4 km (110.9 miles) – Mountain
  • Preview : The 17th stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers 178.4 km, kicking off the first of the final two mountain stages of the Tour, both of which are summit finishes. The GC battle heats up starting in Muret, where a flat lead-up to three tough categorized climbs will put the yellow jersey contenders to the test. The stage ends in Saint-Lary-Soulan on the Col du Portet - the HC summit finish taking riders to an elevation of over 2,200 meters.

Tour de France Stage 17 Profile


  • Date : Thursday, July 15
  • Start time : 7:25 a.m. on Peacock , NBCSN
  • Distance : 129.7 km (80.6 miles) – Mountain
  • Preview : The 18th stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers 129.7 km, with the short-distance mountain stage a good indicator of a challenging day of climbing. After leaving Pau, the peloton will tackle two small Category 4 climbs in the first half of the day before two HC climbs in the second half. It’s the only stage in the Tour with multiple HC climbs, the latter a summit finish at Luz Ardiden. It’s the last opportunity for the GC riders to put themselves in good position ahead of the Stage 20 time trial two days later.

Tour de France Stage 18 Profile


  • Date : Friday, July 16
  • Distance : 207 km (128.6 miles) – Flat
  • Preview : The 19th stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers 207 km. Expect a casual day from the peloton on this flat stage following the last of the mountains the day earlier and the need for strong legs the next day in the time trial. If a courageous breakaway doesn’t take advantage of this, we should see another sprint finish in Libourne.

Tour de France Stage 19 Profile


  • Date : Saturday, July 17
  • Distance : 30.8 km (19.1 miles) – Individual Time Trial
  • Preview : The 20th stage of the 2021 Tour de France is the second individual time trial that covers 30.8 km. The stage starts in Libourne, where the previous stage finished, and ends in Saint-Emilion. After what happened on last year’s Stage 20 individual time trial, when the yellow jersey amazingly switched hands, brace for another exciting day that could decide the winner of the Tour for the second straight year.

Tour de France Stage 20 Profile


  • Date : Sunday, July 18
  • Start time : 10:05 a.m. on Peacock , NBC
  • Distance : 108.5 km (67.4 miles) – Flat
  • Preview : The 21st stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers 108.4 km. The race starts in Chatou and includes a Category 4 climb at 7.4 km and an intermediate sprint at 68.3 km. The Yellow Jersey is traditionally often solidly settled on the shoulders of the final winner at the start of this last stage, but for the sprinters who dream of triumphing on the Champs-Élysées, it’s the opportunity to take on one of the toughest challenges of the year.

Tour de France Stage 21 Profile

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The 111th edition of the Tour de France is expected to start in Italy in 2024, with the Grand Depart in Florence and stages celebrating former winners Gino Bartali, Riccardo Nencini, Marco Pantani, Ottavio Bottecchia and Fausto Coppi.

Bottecchia was the first Italian to win the Tour de France and 2024 marks the 100th anniversary of his victory. 

The Tour de France has visited Italy a number of times but never started there. Thanks to an estimated €10 million fee raised by the Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna and Piemonte regions, the 2024 Grand Boucle will include  three stages in Italy and the start of stage 4 in Pinerolo before the race heads into France via the Alps.

According to a detailed report by La Gazzetta dello Sport , the 2024 Tour de France will also have a unique finish, with Nice expected to host the final stage instead of Paris. 

The French capital will host the Olympic Games in 2024, making it impossible to host the traditional final stage of the Tour de France on the Champs-Élysées just a few days before the Opening Ceremony. The 2024 Tour de France will be held between Saturday June 29 and Sunday July 21, a week earlier than usual, with the Paris Olympics scheduled for between July 26 and August 11. 

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Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme visited Italy in 2020 to first negotiate a deal for the Grand Depart and in recent weeks race staff have visited the locations of the different stages to assess the logistics. 

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport , the opening stage will start in Florence in Piazzale Michelangelo that overlooks the Renaissance city. The 190km road stage will celebrate 1938 and 1945 Tour winner Gino Bartali by passing through his birthplace in Ponte a Ema. The stage will then climb through the Apeninnes and finish on the Romagna coast in Rimini to show off the Adriatic coastline.      

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Stage 2 will start in Cesenatico, where Marco Pantani was born, and also climb into the hills before a finish in central Bologna after 200km of racing. This  stage could climb up to Barberino di Mugello to remember 1960 winner Gastone Nencini.

Stage 3 will be from Modena to Piacenza with another hilly road stage, much like the 2021 Giro d’Italia stage to Sestola, where the USA’s Joe Dombrowski won. The area is known as Italy’s food valley due to the production of cured ham and Parmigiano cheese.   

After a transfer west to Piemonte, the Tour de France will leave Italy from Pinerolo, recalling Fausto Coppi’s legendary breakaway in the 1949 Tour de France. Coppi was the first rider to ever complete the Giro d’Italia-Tour de France double in 1949 and repeated the feat in 1952. 

Prudhomme is expected to confirm Italy as the host of the 2024 Grand Depart when the full route of the 2023 race is presented in Paris in late October. 

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The Tour de France is eternal, but 2024 packs plenty of firsts and plot-twists to deliver what should be a thrilling edition.

Not only are big hitters such as Jonas Vingegaard , Tadej Pogačar , Primož Roglič , and Remco Evenepoel expected to clash in a generational battle, the 111th edition of the French grand tour will deliver an interesting backdrop.

Early details reveal a varied and interesting route:

  • 3492km total
  • June 29 to July 21
  • Four territories (Italy, San Marino, France, Monte Carlo)
  • 7 mountain stages
  • 4 summit finishes
  • 32km of gravel roads

With the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris dictating the calendar, the men’s Tour de France — which will runs from June 29 to July 21 — will not finish in Paris as the riders head for Nice for a final-day time trial.

“We were committed to avoid Paris because of the Olympics,” Tour director Christian Prudhomme told Reuters . “There are only 28,000 police forces available and we knew we could not get more.”

Since its inception in 1903, the men’s race has always finished in Paris or its surrounding suburbs, and it has concluded on the Champs Élysées since 1975.

Also in a first, the race will start in Italy with the three opening stages.

Here are the key points:

‘Big Start’ in Italy for historical first

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After more than a century, the “big loop” will make its “Big Start” in Italy for the first time.

Stage 1 jumps right into it, with a road stage starting in Florence and ending in Rimini, with a detour through San Marino. The yellow jersey will be up for grabs, with sprinters like Mark Cavendish, Jasper Philipsen, and Wout van Aert will need to endure 3600m of climbing as the route climbs over the Apennines.

Stage 2 pays homage to Marco Pantani and runs from Cesenatico to Bologna will hit the famed San Luca climb in final hour of racing that could throw a spanner in the wheels of the sprinters.

Stage 3 runs across the flats from Piacenza to Torino in what is expected to be the first chance for the sprinters.

Week 1: Into France and up the Galibier

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The race’s three-day sojourn ends with stage 4 from Pinerolo to Valloire grinds up and over the Alps, including an assault of the HC Col du Galibier (23km at 5.1%).

“The Tour has never been so high so soon,” said Tour director Christian Prudhomme.

Stages 5 and 6 will see the sprinters see more chances as the race leaves the Alps only to return in the final weekend.

Stage 7 delivers a 25km individual time trial across the vineyards of Burgundy. The rolling course isn’t too long, and the GC will remain knotted up for anyone who’s survived the brutal first week.

Stage 8 from Semur-en-Auxois to Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises sees a string of climbs early in the undulating stages to set up a breakaway. 

The opening week closes with a challenging stage featuring no less than 14 sectors of gravel on 34km of racing in a loop around Troyes.

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Week 2: Pyrénées loom and a return of Plateau de Beille

Week 2 opens with a transition stage out of Orleans across the flats of central France and the Loire Valley that can be open to strong crosswinds.

Stage 11 dips into the Massif Central, with 4.350 of vertical gain, and the Néronne, the Puy Mary Pas de Peyrol, Pertus, and Font de Cère climbs stacked up late in the back half of the profile.

Stages 12 and 13 are, at least on paper, more chances for the sprinters, but midway into any Tour, breakaway chances increase by the kilometer.

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The Tour’s first major mountaintop finale comes in stage 14 with Saint-Lary-Soulan deep in the Pyrénées, featuring the Col du Tourmalet midway through the stage.

Stage 15 sees a return to the Plateau de Beille (15.8km at 7.9%) in the Tour’s second-straight summit finale. Adding to the drama will be France’s Bastille Day, with six climbs and 4850m of vertical, fireworks are guaranteed.

Week 3: Alps and final-day TT decider

Despite a grueling opening two weeks, week three will crown the winner.

Stage 16 opens up the action in what’s likely another chance for the sprinters — who will see likely eight chances in this year’s edition — but the mistral heading into Nimes could prove tricky.

Stage 17 to Superdévoluy tiptoes into the Alps, and breakaway artists will have their chance to take centerstage with three moderate climbs stacked up in the final hour of racing. Another transition stage to Barcelonnette in stage 18 could deliver another breakaway.

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Back-to-back summit finales high in the Alps will set up the decisive closing weekend anchored by the final-time trial in Nice, the first time the Tour’s ended in an individual time trial since 1989 when Greg LeMond overcame Laurent Fignon in his historic victory.

Altitude will be a key factor in both stages.

Stage 19 sees three summit higher than 2000m, and stage 20 tackles four climbs in a short, 133km circuit-burner ending atop Col de la Couillole. Vertical tops 7000m in two days of racing.

If the race remains undecided, the tension will be sky high in the “dernière bataille” in the 34km individual time trial up and over La Turbie and Col d’Eze climbs.

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