En 2019 lors du contre-la-montre entre St-Pée-sur-Nivelle et Espelette.

Discover the first three stages of the Basque Country

The first three stages of the 2023 Tour de France were unveiled on Wednesday from the Palais des Congrès in Vitoria-Justice, in Spain’s Basque Country. 530 km race over three days. After the Grand Départ in Bilbao on July 1, the first stage will remain around the provincial capital of Biscay. The second stage will start the next day, July 2, from Vitoria-Gasteiz, and finish in San Sebastián (Donostia in Basque). The third stage of Amorebieta-Etxano will start, and should finish on the French side, but the arrival city has not been announced on Wednesday. The selected city will be announced on October 27.

Finishing the third stage on the French side

In detail, on July 1, opening stage From the 120th edition it will be 185 km long, a ring road between Bilbao and Bilbao on the roads of Bizkaia, on the coast and the Ordbay Biosphere Reserve, and two crossings to Guernica. A dented stage with a difficult ending in Vivero and Pike Bidea. “Five heights are included. Step by drillers” Christian Prudhomme, head of the tour, analyzes. It’s a loop around town, as we saw in Nice, or recently in Brussels.

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the The second step It will stretch for more than 210 kilometers between Vitoria-Gasteiz towards San Sebastian, with a final ascent to Jezebel, in the opposite direction, but just as difficult as during the Classica San Sebastian. It will pass through Hernani, the city famous for its battle among other things, at the request of the Minister of Culture of the Basque Country.

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The third stage will follow 80 km of Basque coast before passing through San Sebastian and Irun and then “take the Laborde Roads” … to go to Bayonne? The city of arrival was not announced on Wednesday, but it will be on October 27. The Tour de France said “several applications” were under study. Cambo-les-Bains advances, and rumors speak of his arrival in Bayonne. In the Labor Party there are about forty municipalities.

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The Grand Départ of Bilbao was announced on March 26 in front of the Guggenheim Museum. We already knew that the first stage would remain around Bilbao, and that the second stage would move from the province of Biscay to that alpha Of which Vitoria-Justice is the main city. On the occasion of the third stage, the riders will gather the French Basque Country.

There was only one Grand Tour de France departure from the other side of the Pyrenees: San Sebastian in 1992. The next round will also be presented from abroad. It will start from Copenhagen, Denmark.

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