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The Tour de France - 2023

A tour of France's mountains

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The Tour de France 2023

A diagonal trip across France, from the southwest corner almost to the northeast, taking in the Pyrenees, Gascony, the Massif Central, the Alps, the Jura and the Vosges.

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 This year's Tour de France starts off in the Basque country of Northern Spain, before entering France on Monday July 3rd for a stage finish in the Basque city of Bayonne.
   It's after day 4 spent crossing the low lying land between Dax and Nogaro, a small town in the Armagnac area of Gascony, that the difficulties begin. Day 5 is the first of two classic Pyrenean stages, including a number of the traditional Tour de France Pyrenean passes before riders emerge from the mountains for a finish on day 6 at Tarbes. Day 7 offers some easier going, with a fairly flat day's cycling across the Landes and the Garonne valley for a finish in the UNESCO world heritage city of Bordeaux..
   The next day, riders leave the South-West, cycling northeast through the Dordogne and the hills of the Périgord-Limousin regional park, to the porcelain city of Limoges.  Then on Day 9, it's another mountain stage, al beit less demanding than the Pyrenees, as riders cross the northern uplands of the Massif Central, for a final climb to the top of the Puy de Dôme, the great (dormant) volcano that towers above the city of Clermont Ferrand.
  After a rest day in Clermont, the route takes in two more stages in the Auvergne area, with two finishes on the river Allier, firstly in the small town of Issoire, and secondly - on Wednesday 12th July - in the town of Moulins, capital of the Allier department.
   From Thursday 13th July until Thursday 20th, the 2023 Tour de France takes riders on a discovery of the Rhone-Alpes area, starting with a hilly day crossing from the Loire valley to the Rhone valley, over the mountains and the vineyards of the Beaujolais. The following day starts off flat, with some 40 kilometres across the Bresse before riders reach the Alpine foothills of the Bugey, and then the Alps proper.
On Bastille day Friday 14th July and the weekend that follows, the route takes in some of the classic Alpine passes, with frinishes at Grand Colombier, Morzine and Saint Gervais, followed by a welcome rest day on Monday 17th July in Saint Gervais. Tuesday 18th July is the only time trials day of this edition of the Tour, with riders undertaking a 22 km circuit around Passy. The next day, Wednesday 19th, is the last fully Alpine stage, with a finish at the ski resort of Courchevel. The following day riders head out of the Alps and north as far as the town of Bourg en Bresse, capital of the Ain department.
   The last three days of the 2023 Tour are geographically spaced out, with a day in the Jura mountains - the home of the popular Comté cheese - followed by a day on  the western slopes of the Vosges mountains and a summit finish at Le Markolstein. Arter that, all that's left is the final day on Sunday 23rd July with its traditional finish on the Champs Elysées in Paris.
   (And as a spoiler.... next year, 2024, the Tour will not finish on the Champs Elysées in Paris, but in Nice.  The Tour is scheduled to end just four days before the start of the 2024 Paris Olympics, and a Paris finish would have been a logistical nightmare).

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Bordeaux - finish point on July 7th

Tour de France 2023 -stage details  

The 2023 Tour de France starts on Saturday July 1st in Bilbao, Spain
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Stage Date Day’s route (towns, areas)  Length in Km.
1st stage Sat 1st July Bilbao to Bilbao (Basque Country - northern Spain) 182
2nd Stage Sun 2nd July Vitoria - Gasteiz to San Sebastian 209
3rd Stage Mon 3rd July Amorbieta Extano to Bayonne 185
4th Stage Tue 4th July Dax to Nogaro (Gascony) 182
5th Stage Wed 5th July Pau to Laruns (Pyrenees) 165
6thStage Thu 6th July Tarbes to Cauterets (Pyrenees) 145
7th Stage Fri 7th July Mont de Marsan to Bordeaux (Aquitaine) 170
8th Stage Sat 8th July Libourne to Limoges (Aquitaine - Limousin) 201
9th  Stage Sun 9th July Saint Léonard de Noblat to Puy de Dome (Massif Central) 184
Rest day Mon 10th July Clermont Ferrand (Auvergne)
10th Stage Tue 11th July Vulcania to Issoire (Auvergne) 167
11th Stage Wed 12th July Clermont-Ferrand to Moulins (Auvergne) 180
12th Stage Thu 13th July Roanne to Belleville en Beaujolais (Rhône Alpes) 169
13th Stage Fri 14th July Chatillon sur Chalaron to Grand Colombier (Rhone Alpes) 138
14th Stage Sat 15th July Annemasse to Morzine (Alps) 152
15th Stage Sun 16th July Les Gets to Saint Gervais-Mont-Blanc (Alps) 180
Rest day Mon 17th July Saint Gervais
16th Stage Tue 18th July Time trials: Passy to Combloux (Alps) 22
17th Stage Wed 19th July Saint Gervais to Courchevel (Alps) 166
18th Stage Thu 20th July Moutiers to Bourg en Bresse (Rhône Alpes) 186
19th Stage Fri 21st July Moirans en Montagne to Poligny (Franche Comté) 173
20th Stage Sat 22nd July Belfort to Le Markstein (mostly Lorraine) 133
21st Stage Sun 23rd July Saint Quentin en Yvelines  to  Paris - Champs Elysées 115 km

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Routes of the
Tour de France 2008 : Tour de France 2009
Tour de France 2010  Tour de France 2011
Tour de France 2012   Tour de France 2013
Tour de France 2014   Tour de France 2015
Tour de France 2016   Tour de France 2017
Tour de France 2018   Tour de France 2019
Tour de France 2020

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Tour de France Pyrenees

A stormy summer's evening in Limoges

Puy de Dome
 The summit of the Puy de Dome (1485 metres) with the city of Clermont Ferrand below. (Days 9 - 11 and rest day location)

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