Tour de France 2023: Grand Départ

Tour de France 2023Le Grand Départ of the 2023 Tour de France takes place in the Basque Country in the weekend of 1 July. The first two days of action are packed with short and sharp climbs, which is unusual for Le Tour, but is likely to lead to compeling racing.

It will be the second time the Tour de France starts in the Basque Country. In 1992, Miguel Indurain won the prologue in San Sebastián.

Stage 1 will be a race of 185 kilometres with five classified ascents, three of which inside the last 45 kilometres. The steep Côte de Pike – 2.2 kilometres at 9.9% – marks the finale before a flying descent into Bilbao. After the flamme rouge the road kick up to 5.4% in the last kilometre.

The 2nd stage is also promising for fast descenders. The 210 kilometres route takes in five classified climb. After the Jaizkibel – 6,9 kilometres 6.2% – the riders plunge down into San Sebastián for a flat run-in to the line.

Stage 3 kicks into gear in Amorebieta to travel to a location that will be revealed at a later stage. This race is said to favour the fast men.

Route rumours
According to rumours the Col de Loze is set to return in the Tour de France. The 21.5 kilometres climb at 7.8% – with the last 4.5 kilometres double digit material – was first included in 2020. Miguel Ángel López took the spoils.

The full route will be revealed in the course of October.

Tour de France 2023: route, profiles, more

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