Sure, there is less than a week until the route of the 2023 Tour de France is unveiled, but you want to know now, right?
The closer we get to the date when race director Christian Prudhomme and invited Tour cyclists gather in Paris to watch what is effectively a big and expensive PowerPoint presentation, the more impatient we all become.
Of course, that hasn’t stopped internet sleuths and various local French press from piecing together evidence of where the 2023 race will go. From interpreting the cryptic tweets of mayors to the inexhaustible Velowire checking the lack of hotel availability in towns on suspected dates (yes, this is actually one of the best ways to hone in on the route), here are the broad brush strokes ahead of the official communiqué in the French capital next week. Clockwise-ish again
The Tour tends to switch directions every year, and all indicators suggest this will be a clockwise route around France. Though it’s more of an ‘S’ shape this year. Starting in Spain, which was announced months ago, it will head into the Pyrenees first, then north to a likely finish in Bordeaux, then to a rest day after a full nine days of racing in Clermont-Ferrand. The race then looks like it’ll cross over the middle of France and toward the Alps, do a little loop, then head to Paris.
We put together a handy little map. Red pins are unconfirmed, yellow pins are either fully confirmed or are starts/finishes we have […]