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.
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 ascents of the Grand Ballon and Grand Colombier are also rumoured, as are finishes in Morzine, Laruns, Cauterets, Bordeaux, Limoges, and the Puy de Dôme.
The full route of the 2023 Tour de France will be revealed in Paris on Thursday 27 October from 11:30 local time.
Tour de France 2023: route, profiles, more
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