Tour de France 2023

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PARIS FRANCE JULY 24 LR Second classified Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia and UAE Team Emirates race winner Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen of Denmark and Team Jumbo Visma with his daughter Frida and third classified Geraint Thomas of The United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers with his son pose on the podium during the medal ceremony after the 109th Tour de France 2022 Stage 21 a 1156km stage from Paris La Dfense to Paris Champslyses TDF2022 WorldTour on July 24 2022 in Paris France Photo by Michael SteeleGetty Images

The podium of the 2022 Tour de France (Image credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images)

The 2023 Tour de France will be the 110th edition of the world's biggest bike race, and will take place from July 1-23. 

The race will start over the border in Spain, with the Basque Country hosting the Grand Départ and opening three stages. The race will finish in Paris after 21 stages and two rest days.

2023 Tour de France

Length:  21 stages, 3,404 kilometres (2,115 miles) 

Start: Saturday July 1 2023 in Bilbao

Finish: Sunday Jul 23, 2023 in Paris

Category: WorldTour/Grand Tour

Edition: 110th

2022 Tour de France winner: Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma)

The full route was revealed at the official Tour de France presentation on 27th October, the route features only 22km of time trialling alongside four summit finishes and a highly mountainous profile.

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Tour de France 2023 route

Tour de France 2023 route map

The map of the 2023 Tour de France (Image credit: ASO)

The full route for the 2023 Tour de France was unveiled on October 27

The 110th edition of cycling’s biggest race includes just a single 22km hilly time trial in the Alps and mountain stages in all five of France’s mountain ranges on the road between the Grand Départ in the Basque Country and the finish in Paris.

The very limited amount of time trialling and preponderance of mountains no doubt suits French riders Thibaut Pinot, David Gaudu and Romain Bardet. As a result, Remco Evenepoel, Primoz Roglič and Geraint Thomas are more likely to target the Giro d’Italia, which has three times the amount of time trialling and fewer mountains.

Official information from race organiser ASO claimed the 3,404km route includes eight flat stages for the sprinters, four hilly stages suited to breakaways and eight mountain stages. Four of these include summit finishes: in the Pyrenees at Cauterets-Cambasque, on the legendary Puy de Dôme volcano in the Massif Central, on the Grand Colombier in the Jura and at Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc in the Alps.

The other mountain stages are also extremely difficult, even if some are short and so extra intense.

Stage 14 to Morzine includes the mighty Col de Joux Plane and its testing descent to the finish. Stage 15 ends with the 11% ‘wall’ of Côte des Amerands and then the 7km 7.7% climb up to Saint-Gervais in view of Mont-Blanc.                                              

Stage 17 to Courchevel climbs the 2,304m-high Col de la Loze and then descends to finish on the altiport runway. Stage 20 is a final brutal multi-mountain stage in the Vosges between Belfort and Le Markstein ski resort.

The only time trial is on stage 16 in the Arve valley near Sallanches after the second rest day, but the 22km route between Passy and Combloux will test riders' bike handling skills and climbing as much as their time trialling. The stage includes the Côte de Domancy, where Bernard Hinault forged his 1980 Worlds victory, and which also featured as part of the final week time trial in the 2016 Tour.

2022 Tour de France winner Jonas Vingegaard was arguably the best climber of the last two editions of the Tour and he appears to have plenty of opportunities to go on the attack on the steep ascents in 2023.

Two-time winner Tadej Pogačar will no doubt relish the route on offer for next July’s challenge against Vingegaard, Jumbo-Visma, Ineos Grenadiers and anyone else.

Tour de France 2023 contenders

Tour de France rivals: Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard

Tour de France rivals: Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard (Image credit: Getty Images)

2022 champion Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) is expected to return to defend his title after dispatching two-time winner Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates). Pogačar himself has expressed a desire in the past to ride the Giro d'Italia but would surely line up at the Tour however his season is structured. 

It remains to be seen how Jumbo-Visma play their cards after their 2022 success, with question marks over whether Primož Roglič is brought back in as co-leader. 

Ineos Grenadiers won the Tour seven times in 11 years but have now endured a three-year drought, and their hopes depend on whether Egan Bernal can return to his best form after his life-threatening crash at the start of 2022. 

Richard Carapaz, who finished third in 2021, is expected lead his new team, EF Education-EasyPost, while Enric Mas would again lead the line for Movistar. 

The biggest area of intrigue, though, concerns Remco Evenepoel, who recently won the Vuelta a España and the road race world title. He had been scheduled to target the Giro d'Italia in 2023 and the Tour de France in 2024 but that could be fast-tracked, especially if he finds the route to his liking.

Tour de France 2023 teams

The 2023 Tour de France will be made up of 22 teams, although they have not yet been confirmed. 

The 18 WorldTour teams will be on the start line, with two spots going to the top-ranked second-division teams, and two more handed out as discretionary wildcard invitations by the organisers. 

With relegation and promotion not yet confirmed for 2023, the start list is not final, but it is almost certain that Alpecin-Fenix and Arkéa-Samsic will be joining the WorldTour, while Lotto Soudal and Israel-Premier Tech drop down. 

Lotto Soudal would earn an automatic spot as one of the best second-division teams from the 2022 rankings, along with TotalEnergies. 

That would leave Israel-Premier Tech scrapping for one of the two wildcard spots, alongside French squad B&B Hotels-KTM, ambitious Norwegian outfit Uno-X, and the Basque Euskaltel-Euskadi who'll want to represent their home region at the Grand Départ. 

Tour de France history

Jonas Vingegaard is the reigning champion, having won his first Tour de France in 2022. The Danish rider denied Tadej Pogačar a trio of consecutive victories, the Slovenian having snatched the 2020 title before dominating the 2021 race. 

Pogačar himself broke a Ineos/Sky stranglehold on the race, with the British team having won seven of the previous eight Tours de France with Egan Bernal, Geraint Thomas, Bradley Wiggins and four-time winner Chris Froome. Vincenzo Nibali, then riding for Astana, was the other man to break the British squad's dominance with a win in 2014.

The Tour wins record is currently held by four men, with Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Jacques Anquetil and Miguel Indurain all on five titles.

Peter Sagan getting once dominated the green jersey for the points classification but has been usurped in the past three years, with Wout van Aert establishing himself as the dominant man of all terrains in 2022. Sagan still holds the all-time green jersey record with seven wins in nine participations. Erik Zabel's six jerseys lie second, ahead of Sean Kelly's four.

In addition to his yellow jersey, Vingegaard won the polka-dot jersey for the mountains classification in 2022, as Pogačar did the previous two years.  Richard Virenque holds the record for polka dot jersey wins at seven, and it won't be beaten anytime soon as Pogačar and Rafał Majka are the only current riders to have won more than one king of the mountains title, with two.

Pogačar has won the white jersey for best young rider three years in a row and, at 24, is still eligible for a fourth crack in 2023.

Read on for a list of the riders with the most wins of the Tour de France, the most stage wins, as well as the major jerseys.

Most Tour de France wins

  • 5 – Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Miguel Indurain
  • 4 – Chris Froome
  • 3 – Phiilippe Thys, Louison Bobet, Greg LeMond
  • 2 – Lucien Petit-Breton, Firmin Lambot, Ottavio Bottecchia, Nicolas Frantz, André Leducq, Antonin Magne, Sylvère Maes, Gino Bartali, Fausto Coppi, Bernard Thévenet, Laurent Fignon, Alberto Contador, Tadej Pogačar
  • 1 – Vincenzo Nibali, Geraint Thomas, Egan Bernal, Jonas Vingegaard

Most Tour de France stage wins

  • 34 – Eddy Merckx, Mark Cavendish
  • 28 – Bernard Hinault
  • 25 – André Leducq
  • 22 – André Darrigade
  • 20 – Nicolas Frantz
  • 19 – François Faber
  • 17 – Jean Alavoine
  • 16 – Jacques Anquetiil, René Le Grevès, Charles Pélissiier
    ...
  • 12 – Peter Sagan
  • 11 – André Greipel
  • 9 - Tadej Pogačar, Wout van Aert
  • 7 – Chris Froome
  • 6 – Vincenzo Nibali

Most Tour de France green jersey wins

  • 7 – Peter Sagan
  • 6 – Erik Zabel
  • 4 – Sean Kelly
  • 3 – Jan Janssen, Eddy Merckx, Freddy Maertens, Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, Robbie McEwen
  • 2 – Stan Ockers, Jean Graczyk, André Darrigade, Laurent Jalabert, Thor Hushovd, Mark Cavendish
  • 1 – Michael Matthews, Sam Bennett, Wout van Aert

Most Tour de France polka dot jersey wins

  • 7 – Richard Virenque
  • 6 – Federico Bahamontes, Lucien Van Impe 
  • 3 – Julio Jiménez
  • 2 – Felicien Vervaecke, Gino Bartali, Fausto Coppi, Charly Gaul, Imerio Massignan, Eddy Merckx, Luis Herrera, Claudio Chiappucci, Laurent Jalabert, Michael Rasmussen, Rafał Majka, Tadej Pogačar
  • 1 – Nairo Quintana, Chris Froome, Warren Barguil, Julian Alaphilippe, Romain Bardet, Jonas Vingegaard

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