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Tour de France 2023

Tour de France 2023 race news, previews, results, tour map, race tech, analysis, and photos.

Dates: July 1 - July 23
Stages: 21
Rest days: 2
Start: Bilbao, Spain (Basque Country)
Finish: Paris, France

The 2023 Tour de France will take place between July 1-23. The 110th edition of the race starts in Bilbao, Spain before crossing back into France on stage 3. In total there are 21 days of racing, two rest-days, and the final stage in Paris on July 23.

The complete race route for the 2023 Tour de France was unveiled in Paris on October 26 with Mark Cavendish, Tom Pidcock and Tadej Pogačar all in attendance.

Also read: The full 2023 Tour de France race route.

Tour de France 2023 overview

The 2022 Tour de France final podium in Paris. (Photo: Getty Images)

Where does the 2023 Tour de France start: In Bilbao, Spain on July 1.
How long is the 2023 Tour de France? 3,404km
How many sprint stages are in the 2023 Tour de France?
8 flat stages
How many mountain stages are in the 2023 Tour de France: 8 with four summit finishes.
How many time trials are in the 2023 Tour de France: 1 consisting of 22km.

Tour de France 2023 news stories

Tour de France 2023 contenders

Defending champion Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) has not yet confirmed his participation in the 2023 Tour de France but it's increasingly likely that the Danish rider will be on the startline on July 1. He will go up against two-time Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), who won the race in 2020 and 2021.

EF Education-EasyPost are likely to send new signing Richard Carapaz to the race, while Ineos Grenadiers have options in Tom Pidcock, Dani Martinez, and former winner Egan Bernal. The latter has already hinted that he would like to race the Tour de France in 2023 after returning from injury.

Other riders who are set to be on the start line include Romain Bardet, Simon Yates, David Gaudu, Jai Hindley, and Ben O'Connor. 

Also read: Tour de France Hommes 2023: Analyzing the possible GC contenders

Tour de France 2023 route

The 2023 Tour de France features four summit finishes – and a heap of other climbing tests besides – and just a single time trial, which is also an uphill test at Combloux in the northern Alps, where most of the critical mountain action will be focused.

The race contains one 22km time trial from Passy to Combloux, eight stages in the mountains, four of which conclude with summit finishes. The race starts on July 1 in the Basque Country and concludes in Paris on July 23.

The Grand Départ in the Basque Country sets the tone from the start. The two typically beefy stages through the region’s valleys and over its hills will draw the yellow jersey contenders to the forefront of the action. The final day on Spanish soil will herald a change of tempo, the focus switching to the sprinters as the Tour heads into Bayonne in French territory, where it will stay right to the finish in Paris. The sprinters should get another chance to go elbow to elbow the next day on the Nogaro motor-racing circuit near Auch.

Also read: 2023 Tour de France full race route unveiled

Tour de France 2023 sprinters

There are between 7 and 8 stages suited to the sprinters in the 2023 Tour de France. Mark Cavendish is hoping to return to the race after a year's absence as he looks to break Eddy Merckx's record of 34 stage wins.

Jasper Philipsen, Sam Bennett, Caleb Ewan, Fernando Gaviria, Dylan Groenewegan and Fabio Jakobsen, are all likely to take part. Although not a pure sprinter, Wout van Aert is set to race as he looks to defend his crown in the points classification.

Also read: Mark Cavendish eyes ‘ample’ sprint opportunities at Tour de France

Tour de France 2023 route map

Tour de France 2023 route map
Tour de France 2023 route map (Photo: ASO)

Tour de France bikes and tech

Tour de France 2023 stages

1 July – Stage 1: Bilbao – Bilbao (Spain)
2 July – Stage 2: Vitoria-Gasteiz – San Sebastian (Spain)
3 July – Stage 3: Amorebieta-Etxano (Spain) – Bayonne
4 July – Stage 4: Dax – Nogaro
5 July – Stage 5: Pau – Laruns
6 July – Stage 6: Tarbes – Cauterets Cambasque
7 July – Stage 7: Mont-de-Marsan – Bordeaux
8 July – Stage 8: Libourne – Limoges
9 July – Stage 9: Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat- Puy de Dôme
10 July – Rest day 1: Clermont-Ferrand
11 July – Stage 10: Vulcania (St-Ours-les-Roches) – Issoire
12 July – Stage 11: Clermont-Ferrand – Moulins
13 July – Stage 12: Roanne – Chiroubles ou Belleville-en-Beaujolais
14 July – Stage 13: Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne – Grand Colombier
15 July – Stage 14: Annemasse – Morzine
16 July – Stage 15: Les Gets – St-Gervais Mont-Blanc
17 July – Rest day 2: St-Gervais Mont-Blanc
18 July – Stage 16: Passy – Combloux (TT)
19 July – Stage 17: St-Gervais Mont-Blanc – Courchevel
20 July – Stage 18: Moûtiers – Bourg-en-Bresse
21 July – Stage 19: Moirans-en-Montagne – Poligny
22 July – Stage 20: Belfort – Le Markstein
23 July – Stage 21: St-Ouentin-en-Yvelines – Paris Champs-Élysées

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13 years ago

Armstrong deciding who will join him on Team Radio Shack

Lance Armstrong said Friday he is already looking at potential riders for his new team at next year's Tour de France. Armstrong will lead Team Radioshack in the 2010 race and while no riders have yet been signed, he is looking at several options. "We haven't signed anybody yet, but there are still a lot of guys on the radar," said Armstrong. "Obviously there are a few guys I have already been working with like Levi Leipheimer, Chris Horner and Andreas Kloden. "We have a good bunch of guys here and we want to keep them together.

13 years ago

An exclusive excerpt from the new book, ‘Graham Watson’s Tour de France Travel Guide’

Editor's Note: The following excerpt, photos and map are taken with permission from Graham Watson's Tour de France Travel Guide. The book, published this spring, is available from VeloPress This excerpt was originally published on on June 29, but we thought readers would enjoy another look before Saturday's stage. Enjoy. Graham Watson Mont Ventoux panoramic photo Mont Ventoux

13 years ago

Analysis of Chris Anker Sorensen’s power data from stage 17

Stage 17 of the Tour de France was bound to be a make-or=break affair for those aiming at a podium position in Paris. Saxo Bank's Andy Schleck predicted stage 17 would be important during Monday's rest day press conference, “We will see a lot of damage in stage 17 with the Col de Romme and the other four climbs."

13 years ago

Shimano teasers show up at the Tour — on the Skil-Shimano team bikes

Skil-Shimano is the only team in this year’s Tour de France with a component manufacturer as a co-title sponsor. Naturally with Shimano making such investment into this Continental Professional team from the Netherlands, it made sure to outfit it with its latest and greatest components.

13 years ago

A Casey Gibson Gallery – The race against the clock

Alberto Contador solidifies his grip on the yellow jersey in Thursday's Stage 18 Time Trial at the Tour de France. Casey Gibson was there.

13 years ago

Cancellara says motorcycles helped Contador

Forty-five minutes after Thursday’s stage, Fabian Cancellara was sitting in the lobby of Hotel Impérial Palace along the shores of Lake Annecy trying to figure out how he lost the 40.5km time trial to Alberto Contador. The reigning Olympic time trial champion doesn’t lose against the clock very often when he’s on form, and Cancellara said he had a pretty good idea of why he lost.

13 years ago

Armstrong has ‘mixed emotions’ after TT

Lance Armstrong admitted suffering during Thursday's time trial in the Tour de France, but says his aim now is to defend his third place in the overall standings in Saturday's climb up Mount Ventoux and even mount a challenge for second against Andy Schleck. Armstrong finished the time trial around Lake Annecy in 16th at 1:30 behind stage winner Alberto Contador, his Astana teammate and the yellow jersey-holder. The American said his goal is to ride well on Ventoux, protect on his spot on GC or even move up on his rival for second place, Saxo Bank's Andy Schleck.

13 years ago

Contador ducks doping questions

Tour de France race leader Alberto Contador on Thursday refused to respond to questions relating to his stunning climbing performance in the 15th stage and Thursday’s time trial victory. Spain's 2007 champion took another step towards overall victory when he won the 18th stage time trial to take a virtually unassailable lead of 4:11 over Luxembourg's Andy Schleck. Coming less than a week after his impressive victory on the summit of Verbier in Switzerland, it has cemented Contador's reputation as the best stage racer in the world.

13 years ago

Disdain for Di Luca at Tour

News that Danilo Di Luca tested positive for CERA during the recent Giro d’Italia was met with universal disdain among most at the Tour de France. The Italian tested positive for the banned blood booster, CERA, en route to finishing second to Denis Menchov (Rabobank) at the Giro in May, the UCI confirmed. If Di Luca’s B-sample is confirmed, he could be banned for two years and stripped of his second place and stage victories during the three-week Italian grand tour.

13 years ago

Tour Time Trial Tech: The UCI’s new rules

Going into this year's Tour, a small, gnawing uncertainty lingered — would stricter enforcement of UCI rules cause start-line drama for any teams or riders? Cycling’s international governing body issued a statement in May indicating they would take a hard line. Specifically, aero bars and seatposts would be carefully measured for compliance with UCI rules.

13 years ago

Casey B. Gibson Tour de France stage 17 gallery

From truckloads full of young fans, packed in like cattle, to a cadre of elite mountain troops, the fans came out to see the Tour's toughest stage on Wednesday, and VeloNews photographer Casey B. Gibson was there to capture the scene.

13 years ago

Contador defends his attack, but even Johan Bruyneel doesn’t sound too pleased

Alberto Contador attacked once on the Col de la Colombière near the end of Wednesday’s queen stage, but it didn’t make anyone happy on the Astana Team. Contador’s surge with about 2km to go to the Colombière didn’t gap the victorious Schleck brothers, but it popped Astana’s Andreas Klöden out of the back of the elite, four-man group. Klöden eventually lost 2:27 to the Schlecks and opened the door for the Schlecks to slip into second and third.

13 years ago

Inside the Tour – Armstrong still has a shot at Paris podium

After the most difficult mountain stage of this Tour de France, Alberto Contador appears to have wrapped up his second overall victory in three years. But the fight for the other two podium places will continue Thursday in the stage 18 time trial at Annecy — before being wrapped up on the Mont Ventoux summit Saturday. Five men still have hopes of joining Contador on the podium: his two Astana teammates Lance Armstrong and Andreas Klöden, Saxo Bank’s Andy and Fränk Schleck, and Garmin-Slipstream’s Brad Wiggins.

13 years ago

Voigt may require surgery on cheek bone

Tour de France crash victim Jens Voigt has been told he will have to wait for a decision on whether he faces surgery on his smashed cheekbone, his Saxo Bank team announced Wednesday. The 37-year-old was temporarily knocked unconscious after a high speed crash during the race's 16th stage from Martigny in Switzerland to Bourg Saint Maurice on Tuesday. After being revived at the scene the German veteran was flown by helicopter to hospital in Grenoble where he was diagnosed with a broken cheekbone and heavy concussion.

13 years ago

Hushovd secures green with heroic attack across Alps

Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) heard the comments from arch-rival Mark Cavendish about how the big Viking needed to DQ the British sprinter to have any chance to win the green jersey. The tension was ratcheting up even since the stage to Besançon when Cavendish was relegated for irregular sprinting in the bunch sprint for 13th place. That UCI jury decision essentially gifted Hushovd the green jersey. But the Cervélo sprinter was too proud to take it that way.

13 years ago

Third week a mystery for Contador

Alberto Contador (Astana) survived another slugfest Wednesday and took a giant step toward winning his second Tour de France in three years. Despite his seemingly insurmountable lead of 2:26 over Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank), questions remain, however, about Contador’s durability in the third week of the Tour. Add the pressure of the yellow jersey and sometimes the final week can crack even the strongest of riders. So far, Contador has proven to be quite resilient, resisting both pressures from within the Astana and the attacks from his rivals on the road.

13 years ago

The Schlecks meet the press

Following their strong performance on the 17th stage of the Tour de France, Saxo Bank’s Fränk and Andy Schleck met with the press. By finishing first and third in what is widely regarded as the toughest stage of the Tour thus far, the brothers have moved up into the top three of the overall standings, trailing only race leader Alberto Contador (Astana), who finished second on the day. Andy Schleck now occupies second place, 2:26 behind Contador, while Fränk is in third at 3:25. VeloNews’Neal Rogers attended the press conference and provides these highlights.

13 years ago

Armstrong: ‘Second is still my goal’

Seven-time champion Lance Armstrong said he is now fighting for second place on the Tour de France after he slipped further off the virtual podium following Wednesday's 17th stage. Saxo Bank’s Fränk Schleck won the 169.5km ride on the toughest day in the Alps while Armstrong’s teammate, 2007 Tour champion Alberto Contador, finished second to tighten his grip on the yellow jersey. Fränk Schleck’s brother and teammate Andy, third on the stage, is second at 2:26 while Frank is 3:25 adrift in third.

13 years ago

Michael Barry on Hincapie’s five seconds

Editor's Note: Michael Barry is a member of the Columbia-HTC team. Pedaling up the climb without a car in sight, the sun beating down, my open jersey fluttering in the breeze and my legs turning fluidly, my mind started wandering. The road was one I had ridden countless times, alone, with teammates, rivals and friends. I know every meter of road after nearly 10 years of riding in Girona — it now feels like home. Daily, we meet for rides, forming a group that contains many of the best professional cyclists in the world.

13 years ago

Sastre’s Tour

Carlos Sastre isn’t a happy camper at the 2009 Tour de France. The defending champion’s frustration poured out in a scathing press conference on Monday’s rest day when he accused the media of not giving him his due respect. Things started off badly, when the first question was innocent enough, querying whether Sastre was happy with how his Tour was going so far.

13 years ago

Voigt recovering in Grenoble

Popular German rider Jens Voigt (Saxo Bank) was involved in a high-speed crash midway down the twisting Col du Petit-Saint-Bernard in Tuesday's 159km 16th stage at the Tour de France, but team officials say that his injuries are not life-threatening.In a statement issued late Tuesday evening, the team said the 37-year-old German is alert, but will remain hospitalized for observation."An examination at the University hospital in Grenoble this evening has initially given positive reports on Jens Voigt's health after the nasty crash during today's stage of Tour

13 years ago

Armstrong will return to Tour in 2010, plans new sponsor announcement

Lance Armstrong said on Tuesday he would definitely ride in next year's race, a reliable source told AFP. Armstrong plans to announce a new sponsor on Thursday, although he refused to say if it would replace his present team Astana. However, his close friend and mentor Johan Bruyneel announced earlier on Tuesday that he is set to quit as Astana's team manager, and rumors are rife that he is ready to start up a new team with Armstrong the likely leader.

13 years ago

Inside the Tour – Watch for drama on stage 17

With two alpine stages done and the most difficult one coming up on Wednesday, the 96th Tour de France is fast revealing its harshest features. The double St. Bernard stage Tuesday saw longtime race leader Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R-La Mondiale) and former white jersey Tony Martin (Columbia-HTC) fall out of the top 10, while Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) had his worst day ever at the Tour and dropped to 17th overall, 7:23 behind yellow jersey Alberto Contador.

13 years ago

Wiggins taking it one stage at a time

Bradley Wiggins' laid-back approach to challenging for the Tour de France yellow jersey paid off again Tuesday when he came through the tough 16th stage in the Alps unscathed. Wiggins, who rides for the American team Garmin-Slipstream, has been impressing rivals and fans alike by remaining in contention for the race's yellow jersey despite only recently showing his potential as a serious racer on major tours.

13 years ago

Andrew Hood: Schlecks are running out of road

Time is running out for the Schleck brothers and their quest to finish on the podium in Paris. The Saxo Bank riders realize that overall victory is difficult, but they believe that if they can dislodge the likes of Lance Armstrong and Bradley Wiggins, they still could be getting kisses from the podium girls when the Tour ends July 26 in Paris. They tried with everything they had in Tuesday’s two-climb stage across the heart of the Alps.

13 years ago

Delgado: Astana has “two stallions in the same barn”

Pedro Delgado knows a thing or two about winning the Tour de France. The Spanish climber won the 1988 and helped herald the golden age with Spanish cycling capped by the five-year reign by Miguel Indurain in the early 1990s. Delgado, who works as a race commentator for Spanish TVE, says Alberto Contador could spark Spain’s second golden era. On the Tour’s second rest day on MondayVeloNews caught up with Delgado, 49, to hear his views on Contador and how the 2009 Tour is shaping up. Here’s what he had to say:

13 years ago

Bruyneel, Astana to part ways

The Johan Bruyneel era at the Astana team will conclude at the end of this season. Bruyneel confirmed to Belgian television Sporza that he will stop running the Kazakhstan-backed team at the conclusion of the 2009 season, citing a breakdown over the expected return of Kazakh rider Alexander Vinokourov. “Astana is a closed chapter for me,” Bruyneel told Sporza.

13 years ago

Police search Astana team van for three hours; find nothing

A truck belonging to the Astana team was searched for three hours on Tuesday by police, it was confirmed. The truck, containing spare bikes, equipment and food, was making its way from the start of the 16th stage at Martigny, Switzerland to the finish line at Bourg St. Maurice, France. It was stopped at the Swiss-France border near the Swiss village of Le Chatelard and searched by police, but nothing was found, confirmed Astana spokesman Philippe Maertens. "They were very thorough and opened every suitcase, every container and found nothing," he told AFP.

13 years ago

VeloNews Mailbag, Tour de France Rest Day edition

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13 years ago

Contador: ‘I can breathe a little easier’

Alberto Contador looked relaxed and at ease on the Tour de France’s second rest day, largely because he was. With his stage victory atop Verbier on Sunday, Contador not only claimed the yellow jersey but he also gave him enough GC cushion that he can breathe a little easier going into the Tour’s final week. With Lance Armstrong publicly declaring his support for Contador, the Spanish climber is now hoping that the Astana team will rally behind him and carry him to victory in Paris.

13 years ago

Coach Dirk Friel analyzes power data from the Tour’s first Alpine stage

Stage 15 was the first major test of the Alpine stages and included a mountain top finish, the second of three in this year’s Tour. The finish in Verbier, Switzerland, has never hosted the Tour de France before, but many of the riders know the finish quite well since the Tour of Switzerland has finished in Verbier several times.

13 years ago

Schleck still has eye on yellow

Saxo Bank’s Andy Schleck said Monday he is ready to give his all in the remaining six stages of the Tour de France in an effort to beat race leader Alberto Contador. Contador, the 2007 champion, took command of the race in style on Sunday when he won the first part of an Alpine trilogy to leave Schleck chasing hard to finish 43 seconds back. Schleck is now fifth in the overall standings at 2:26, but he pointed out that there is still plenty more racing to come.

13 years ago

Evans pessimistic over podium chances

Cadel Evans said Monday he expects the race to finish first in this year's Tour de France to go down to the wire. Unfortunately for Australia's two-time runner-up, he does not believe he will even be in the running for a podium place. Evans suffered his "worst ever day" on the world's biggest bike race on Sunday when an inexplicable loss of power left him battling to keep pace with the favorites on the summit finish to Verbier on the 15th stage.

13 years ago

2009 Tour de France Start List

The following is the full start list for the 2009 Tour de France. We will continue to update this list throughout the Tour. WithdrawalsUpdated July 20 Stage 3 159. Jurgen Van de Walle (B), Quick Step – Did not start Stage 4 197. Piet Rooijakkers (Nl), Skil-Shimano – Withdrawal

13 years ago

Sastre bemoans ‘lack of respect’

Defending Tour de France champion Carlos Sastre lashed out Monday for being shown a "lack of respect" coming into this year's race. And the Spaniard, now almost out of contention for a second consecutive victory on the race, said he believes that "certain riders" are conspiring to make sure he does not win the Tour de France. After the first of three days in the Alps Sastre's yellow jersey hopes have faded after he slipped further down the general classification on Sunday's summit finish to Verbier.

13 years ago

Spanish papers declare “end of Armstrong”

Spanish newspapers on Monday celebrated Alberto Contador's seizure of the yellow jersey in the Tour de France declaring that his win on Sunday marked the end of an era for Lance Armstrong. "Contador marks the end of Armstrong," reported top-selling daily newspaper El Pais which published a photo of the smiling 26-year-old Spanish rider as he donned the yellow jersey he had not worn since his Tour win in 2007.

13 years ago

Inside Cycling – This Tour is not over

“Contador was the strongest today,” Saxo Bank’s Fränk Schleck said shortly after Sunday’s intense stage 15 to Verbier. “And now it will be very difficult for us to win the Tour de France. But we will try again.” Saxo Bank surprised many on Sunday by being the team that took charge of the race on the initial slopes of the 8km climb to the finish. “We launched the attack like we planned,” said team boss Bjarne Riis. “And we are very pleased with … the results of our efforts to create the race.”

13 years ago

A Casey Gibson Gallery – The turning point

The 15th stage of the Tour de France marked a big shift of momentum in the race for the yellow jersey. Photographer Casey Gibson was there to catch the action.

13 years ago

Contador shows who’s boss

Five kilometers of Swiss asphalt was all the Alberto Contador needed to show the Tour de France peloton who’s the new boss. The Spanish climber spun his spindly legs to drop Lance Armstrong, the Schleck brothers and all the other doubters and second-guessers who have been needling him for months about whether he could win the Tour. Contador pulled out his imaginary pistol and shot those doubters right between the eyes.

13 years ago

Wiggins continues to excel

Britain's Bradley Wiggins called for calm on Sunday as he produced a "fantastic" display of climbing on the Tour de France 15th stage to move up to third overall in the standings. "It's a long way to go, let's not get too excited," said the Garmin-Slipstream rider, who now has only Astana’s Lance Armstrong and new race leader Alberto Contador in front of him. Wiggins, a track specialist who is the reigning world and Olympic pursuit champion, has stunned admirers and rivals alike with a consistent display throughout that has kept him in contention for the yellow jersey.

13 years ago

Schleck: Contador can be beaten

Saxo Bank leader Andy Schleck insisted Sunday that his team will "try until we die" to take the yellow jersey from Alberto Contador and his Astana team. Contador dominated Sunday's 15th stage on the first of three days in the Alps after leaving his rivals behind on the 8.8km climb into the Swiss ski resort of Verbier. Schleck, who claimed the white jersey for the highest-finishing rider aged 25 and under last year, was the only contender to counter-attack Contador and in the end his gutsy performance moved him up to fifth overall at 2:26.

13 years ago

Evans: His worst day ever

An emotional Cadel Evans said he suffered the "worst day" of his Tour de France career on Sunday's 15th stage where he slipped back to over four minutes off the leading pace. The Silence-Lotto rider started the 207.5km stage from Pontarlier three minutes and seven seconds adrift but after the 8.8km climb to Verbier had lost still more time, slipping to 4:27 behind new race leader Alberto Contador (Astana).

13 years ago

Armstrong: Contador is strongest

Lance Armstrong has conceded that his dreams of winning an eighth yellow jersey in the Tour de France this year may have been shattered on Sunday’s climb to Verbier. Armstrong was left suffering early on the 8.8km climb to Verbier, where teammate Alberto Contador launched a decisive attack that showed him to be Astana's best chance of winning the race. The 37-year-old American said afterwards Contador had proved that he is the "strongest rider in the race.” And he indicated that it would now be difficult for him to aim for an eighth Tour crown.

13 years ago

Riders get glory; mechanics get greasy

The riders in the Tour de France work as hard as any athletes in any sport. The press documents their efforts extensively, all the way down to a given rider’s heart rate and power output. The mechanics who support them work equally hard but with less fanfare. Indeed, while a stage win or yellow jersey is cause for celebration within the team, it can sometimes mean additional work for the mechanics, in the form of a specially painted tribute bicycle.

13 years ago

Boonen drops out of Tour

Belgian rider Tom Boonen has withdrawn from the Tour de France ahead of the 15th stage because of sickness,his Quick Step team said on Sunday. The Paris-Roubaix champion vomited during the night and had a fever, according to the team. The 28-year-old Belgian sprint specialist was controversially re-admitted to the Tour at the last minute after being initially sidelined by organizers because of a second positive test for cocaine. After Saturday's 14th stage, he was sitting in 148th place in the overall standings, 1:38:42 behind yellow jersey holder Rinaldo Nocentini.

13 years ago

Hinault, Anderson detail final stages

The 2009 Tour de France turns vertical Sunday with the second of three summit finishes that will go a long way toward deciding who wears the yellow jersey in Paris. Everyone seems to have an opinion on what’s going to happen next, but no one will really know until the final climb up Mont Ventoux next weekend. That uncertainty has built huge anticipation ahead of the final week of racing. The GC is still wound up tight and, despite Astana’s stranglehold on the leader board, the race could still be won by the daring.

13 years ago

Inside the Tour – Verbier: the mini Alpe d’Huez

Although Sunday’s stage 15 from Pontarlier in France to Verbier in Switzerland is 207.5km long, the first 200km is almost irrelevant in the context of who will wear the yellow jersey into Monday’s rest day — unless something totally unexpected happens before the leaders reach the climb to the finish.

13 years ago

A tale of five seconds – The Besançon-Hincapie polemic, in their own words

Five seconds separated George Hincapie (Columbia-HTC) from the yellow jersey in Saturday’s hilly stage across eastern France. How those five seconds are dissected will be the source for debate throughout the remainder of the 2009 Tour de France. At the finish line Besancon, Hincapie seemed poised to move into the maillot jauneafter riding into the day’s winning 12-man breakaway on the hilly 199km 14th stage from Colmar to Besancon. The American started the stage 28th at 5:25 back and was the best-placed rider in the move.

13 years ago

A Casey Gibson Gallery – A wild day at Le Tour

It was another wild day at the Tour de France. Photographer Casey Gibson was there from start to finish.

13 years ago

Cavendish relegated for dangerous sprint

Thor Hushovd (Cervélo) might seem like a polite gentleman off the bike, but they don’t call him the “Bear from Grimstad” for nothing. For the second day in a row, Hushovd’s emotions got the most of him at the finish line and he was screaming just moments after coming across the line in the intense battle for the green jersey. Yesterday, after battling through the cold and snow to Colmar to regain the green jersey, Hushovd roared at Peter Velits (Milram) for pipping him at the line.

13 years ago

Voigt frustrated by ill-timed flat

Saxo Bank’s Jens Voigt admitted Saturday he felt like punching someone in anger after a flat tire cost him the chance to stay with a breakaway group on the 14th stage of the Tour de France. The 37-year-old suffered a back-wheel puncture at the 57km mark and despite receiving a new wheel from the neutral support vehicle; he lost his place in a 13-man escape which included eventual stage winner Sergei Ivanov of Katusha. The flat-tire cost him 40 seconds with the German insisting he was powerless to close the gap and resigned himself to being caught by the peloton.

13 years ago

Spectator killed by police motor bike along stage 14 route

A spectator has been killed and two others injured on the Tour de France Saturday after being hit by a police motorbike on the 14th stage, French radio reported. The accident happened in the village of Wittelsheim, about 40km from the start of Saturday's stage in Colmar The radio later reported that a woman in her 60s died at the scene. According to France Info radio the woman was crossing the road after the breakaway group of riders had passed, when she was hit by one of the several police motorbikes that accompany the race.

13 years ago

What will Leipheimer’s departure mean for Astana — and Armstrong?

Astana won’t have its ace in the hole as it confronts the decisive final week of the 2009 Tour de France. With Levi Leipheimer’s early departure, the team will have to decide to go all in with either Lance Armstrong or Alberto Contador. There’s no more full house. The American was fourth overall at 39 seconds back, poised for a run at the Tour podium – and more – when he crashed out Thursday in a fluke late-race spill when he came in too hot into a left-hander and crashed, breaking a bone in his right wrist.

13 years ago

Farrar optimistic he can take Cav’ in a sprint

American Tyler Farrar is targeting the Tour de France 14th stage as he bids to beat British sprint king Mark Cavendish in a 'fair and square' speed battle. Cavendish has been the undisputed speed king with four wins so far but Farrar is one of the few riders to have beaten him this year when he won the third stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico in March. With the Tour de France moving into the Alps on Sunday, Saturday's rolling route from Colmar to Besancon could, if the sprinters' teams decide to chase down anticipated breakaways, end in a bunch finish.

13 years ago

With Pellizotti in the climber’s jersey, Liquigas is starting to find its footing this Tour

The Italians are already making their mark on the 2009 Tour de France, with Rinaldo Nocentini enjoying his seventh day in yellow after defending it over the Vosges on Friday through the rain and cold. Incredibly, Nocentini is the first Italian in yellow since the 2000 Tour, when Alberto Elli wore the maillot jaune for a few days before the Pyrénées. Franco Pellizotti is another Italian making headway in Friday’s five-climb stage when he bounced passed Basque climber Egoi Martínez to claim the polka-dot climber’s jersey.

13 years ago

Casey B. Gibson Tour de France stage 13 gallery

Photographer Casey B. Gibson finds that true fans come out for Tour, even on a miserably rainy day.

13 years ago

John Wilcockson: The 2009 Tour is far from easy

All week long, people watching the Tour de France on TV have been saying, “This Tour looks too easy. When are they gonna start racing?” Memories are short, and appearances are deceptive. A week ago, everyone was saying that the opening stages of this 96th Tour de France were the hardest in recent memory, and that the excitement level had been ratcheted up several notches by the return of Lance Armstrong. And speculation was high on how the upcoming fight for control of the Astana team between the Texan and his Spanish teammate Alberto Contador would pan out.

13 years ago

Andrew Hood: A conversation with stage winner Heinrich Haussler

Heinrich Haussler rode the cold and rain all the way to Colmar to claim his first Tour stage victory of his career on Friday. The 25-year-old Cervélo TestTeam rider delivered his squad’s second stage win of this Tour and confirmed his status as one of the rising stars of the sport. Second at Milan-San Remo and Tour of Flanders this spring, Haussler proved that he’s a force to reckon with any time of year. Here’s what he had to say during the post-stage press conference Friday: How important is this victory for you?

13 years ago

Contador says rainy conditions probably kept rivals from attacking

Alberto Contador of Astana admitted Friday's cold and rain-hit 13th stage of the Tour de France had hindered his rivals' plans to claim back lost time. However Spain's 2007 champion and current race favorite warned that attacks are sure to come in the Alps. "It was a bad day for the weather today, but it was good from our point of view that no-one attacked us, because it made things more relaxed," said Contador, second overall at 06sec behind race Italian leader Rinaldo Nocentini.

13 years ago

Tour riders hit by pellet gun

Police have launched an investigation after two riders suffered light injuries when hit by shots fired from an airgun on the 13th stage of the Tour de France on Friday. New Zealander Julian Dean of Garmin-Slipstream and Spaniard Oscar Freire of Rabobank were hit with pellets near the 165km mark of the 200km stage in the hilly Vosges region. Freire, a three-time world road race champion, had to have a pellet removed from his leg by his team doctor after finishing the stage. "He's got a bit of bruising but he will be able to start on Saturday," said his team boss.

13 years ago

Leipheimer pulls out of Tour

American Levi Leipheimer had successful surgery on his broken wrist Friday, but said he may not be able to compete in major events again this year. The 35-year-old American, who had been in fourth place, sustained the injury in a fall 2km from the finish line of Thursday's 12th stage of the Tour de France. He withdrew from the race Friday morning and had surgery later Friday. "The recovery can take a while. I'm afraid I will not be able to do big races any more this year, maybe only some US events,” he said in a team statement.

13 years ago

Chris Sorensen’s stage 10 and 11 power files

The overall classification for the top 10 in the Tour de France has not changed since last weekend’s stages in the Pyrenees. Monday was a rest day and stage 10 and 11 have been won in field sprints by Team Columbia-HTC’s Mark Cavendish. Team Saxo Bank’s Chris Anker Sorensen continues to ride well within his first Tour de France. He is recovering quickly and has been well within his comfort zone the last two stages. However, many others have been, as well, so we should expect some real fireworks as the Tour enters the Alpes in a few days. Stage 10

13 years ago

A Casey Gibson Gallery – A day for the escapees

A fast start, a late break and the escape holds in the 12th stage of the Tour de France. Photographer Casey Gibson was there.

13 years ago

Stapleton: ‘Cavendish has wider range’

Mark Cavendish’s victory in the uphill finish Wednesday at Saint-Fargeaux proved that the British sprinter’s isn’t a one-trick pony limited to the flats. Just like his surprise victory at Milan-San Remo revealed this spring, a leaner and stronger Cavendish revealed he can get over the hills and win when the stage goes uphill.

13 years ago

Inside the Tour – Danger awaits in the Vosges

The climbs (and descents) in the low mountains of the Vosges of northeast France have often caused unexpected problems or opportunities for major Tour contenders. Bad crashes ended the winning hopes of Raymond Poulidor and Luis Ocaña during Tours of the 1960s, while Ivan Basso crashed out of his first Tour on a stage through these wooded peaks. On the other side of the coin, Eddy Merckx brilliantly used his first experience of the Vosges to leave all his opponents behind in a solo victory to the summit of the Ballon d’Alsace in 1969.

13 years ago

Leipheimer dodges bullet ahead of Vosges

Levi Leipheimer is banged up after a late-stage crash in Thursday’s wild ride to Vittel, but he’s thankful that he wasn’t seriously injured ahead of the potentially explosive stage across the Vosges on Friday. The Astana rider – poised for the Tour podium in fourth place at 39 seconds back – crashed on a left-hander as the main pack swept into the finish line sprint nearly six minutes behind solo winner Nicki Sorensen (Saxo Bank).

13 years ago

The UCI abandons plans to ban race radios in Friday’s stage

The UCI, on Thursday reversed its controversial decision to ban race radios for Friday's stage 13. "To put an end to the controversy which is compromising the running of the Tour de France, the International Cycling Union Management Committee has decided not to repeat the experiment of a stage without radio communication on Friday 17th July," it said in a statement. Race radios were banned for the 10th stage of the race, a move which prompted 14 of the Tour's 20 teams to submit a petition in protest.

13 years ago

Tyler Farrar’s Diary – Still no cigar

Close calls Well, two more sprint stages in the books and two more near misses. One second- and a third-place are certainly nice, but not quite the win we have been looking for. We're definitely getting our timing dialed for the bunch kicks, though. Julian has been amazing the last couple of days! It's going to click one of these days. The only bummer today was that both Christian and Ryder crashed. This was the third time Ryder has hit the deck! They say bad things come in threes though, so I guess he's gotten them all out of the way now.

13 years ago

John Wilcockson: Cav’ can be beat, but he’s still the favorite for Thursday’s stage

While Mark Cavendish is getting all the glory of stage win after stage win at this 96th Tour de France, he always compliments his Columbia-HTC teammates, notably his lead-out man Mark Renshaw. But the Manxman, who looks like he’s on his way to at least six stage victories this year, also knows that he would never get the opportunity to use his explosive sprint if it weren’t for his less-heralded colleagues Bernhard Eisel of Austria and Bert Grabsch of Germany.

13 years ago

A Casey Gibson Gallery – Another dash to the line

Mark Cavendish kicks it in the last 200 meters of a 192km stage to Saint Fargeau. Casey Gibson was there for the whole race, capturing images from another terrific day at the Tour de France.

13 years ago

Behind the scenes, Cavendish is working harder than it looks

With Columbia-HTC’s Mark Cavendish having won four of this year’s nine road stages, it would be easy to assume his sprint victories have come as easily as he makes it appear. However looks can be deceiving. On Wednesday the 24-year-old from the Isle of Man equaled his tally of Tour stage wins from last year’s Tour, and in doing so matched the record number of stage wins by a British rider; he also took back the green jersey from Cervélo’s Thor Hushovd.

13 years ago

Hinault: ‘Only way to beat Astana is attack’

Five-time Tour de France champion Bernard Hinault has never been one to hold his tongue. A month before the Tour started, the last French Tour winner lashed out at just about everyone in an infamous interview, lambasting riders and sport directors alike. VeloNews European correspondent Andrew Hood sat down with Hinault this week to get his assessment of how the race is shaping up midway through the 2009 Tour de France and the “Badger” was at his cantankerous best. Here are excerpts from the interview:

13 years ago

The Explainer – Tour FAQs

Dear readers, It’s Tour time and that means that for many of you, you’re first dose of comes in the form of a visit to our Live Update page. As many of you know, we’ve switched formats since last year and that allows us to read many of your questions directly in our update editing tool. Over the course of the last 11 stages, we’ve had quite a few repeat questions pop up, so I thought I’d try to turn this edition of the Explainer into a sort of FAQ page for folks who stop in to check up on the Tour.

13 years ago

Renshaw is key to Cav’s winning ways

Behind every great sprinter — or perhaps in front of — is a great lead-out man. Mario Cipollini had Giovanni Lombardi, Alessandro Petacchi had Marco Velo. Mark Cavendish, who is quickly establishing himself as the man to beat in the high-speed sprints, has found his man. Mark Renshaw, a 27-year-old Australian who joined the Columbia-HTC team this season, is the rider who delivers Cavendish to the line. Cavendish is quick to point out that the success is thanks to a team effort, but singled out Renshaw as the best in the business.

13 years ago

Inside the Tour – Cavendish about to emulate Hoban

Editor's note: The Tour de France recently honored John Wilcockson for his remarkable 40 years of reporting. took the opportunity to salute him.

13 years ago

A Casey B. Gibson Gallery: Bastille Day at the Tour

Sure, Bastille Day is the day France celebrates its Revolution, but it also marks the mid-point of this year's Tour. Casey Gibson was out on the road during Stage 10 and sees that the French know how to celebrate both.

13 years ago

Arvesen pulls out of Tour

The Saxo Bank team suffered a setback Tuesday when Norwegian road champion Kurt-Asle Arvesen was forced out of the race after suffering a broken collarbone in a heavy crash during the 10th stage. The 34-year-old Norwegian champion, who won the 11th stage on last year's Tour, fell after 87km trying to avoid a spectator who had fallen into the road. He finished the stage, but was obviously in great pain as he pedaled near the back of the peloton. Saxo Bank spokesman Bryan Nygaard confirmed the bad news.

13 years ago

Is the stage 11 finish too tricky for Cavendish?

The chance of a stage win is likely to tempt more than one of the peloton's more agile sprinters in the 11th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday. However, the likes of Oscar Freire (Rabobank) and Thor Hushovd Cervélo TestTeam) would do well to study the profile of the undulating 192km ride from Vatan to Saint Fargeau, which gets tricky inside the last 50km before ending on a slight incline. With only two Category 4 climbs the stage should, in theory, finish in a bunch sprint — although only those who can finish fast on a slight incline, including Hushovd and Freire, need apply.

13 years ago

The other battle for Tour team leadership? The brothers Schleck

Luxemburger Frank Schleck admitted he struggled to cope with media focusing on his younger brother Andy during the first days of the Tour de France, a report said Tuesday. The Schlecks both race for the Saxo Bank team (formerly CSC) which last year helped Spaniard Carlos Sastre win the race. Despite Frank's obvious talent, though, younger brother Andy is considered the team's best hope of triumphing this year having won the Tour's white jersey in 2008 for the top placed rider under 25.

13 years ago

UCI and Tour organizers go ahead with no-radio rule in Tuesday’s stage

A teams' protest over the banning of race radios for the 10th stage of the Tour de France failed to prompt any kind of protest before the start on Tuesday. Organizers, following agreement with the International Cycling Union (UCI), have banned the all-important race radios which allow team managers to talk to their riders throughout the race for two stages this year. Fourteen of the race's 20 teams launched a protest, however Tour organizers and the UCI have stood firm and so far refused offers of a compromise. The banning of race radios on stage 13, however, is still up in the air.

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Tour de France Writers

Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood, aka “EuroHoody,” is the VeloNews European editor. Since joining VeloNews in 2002, he’s been chasing bike races all over the world.

Betsy Welch

Betsy is a senior editor at VeloNews. Before that, she was a Spanish teacher and most recently, a Registered Nurse working in community health. She’s been freelancing about bikes and other outdoors and health-related topics for over a decade. When she’s not riding or writing, Betsy adores traveling. In 2016, she started, and will one day finish, bikepacking the length of the Baja Divide.

Sadhbh O'Shea

Based in the cycling haven of the Isle of Man, Sadhbh O’Shea has been writing about cycling for almost 10 years. She has covered too many bike races to count, including eight grand tours and a whole host of monuments.

Jim Cotton

Jim is a UK-based editor and reporter. With experience on the ground at the Giro d’Italia, Paris-Roubaix, Strade Bianche, road worlds, UAE Tour and many others, Jim has worked some of the biggest races in the world. Like any aspirational WorldTour rookie, he knows that a Tour de France debut is around the corner. Jim covers a lot of race reports while also focussing on deep dives into the dynamics, personalities and training at the top of the sport. And where are many of those story ideas dreamed up? While out training for trail running races – but don’t hold that against him.

Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson is the Editor in Chief at Before that, he was the EIC at Cyclingnews between 2008 and 2022. Originally from Ireland but based in the UK, he has reported from over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several world championships across Europe, three editions of the Tour Down Under, the Spring Classics, the London 2012 Olympic Games, and numerous other major cycling events. Daniel plans the global race and news coverage for VeloNews and works alongside the rest of the excellent editorial team in ensuring that the site’s reporting delivers to its loyal and respected readership. Rides: Pinarello, Cinelli, and Cannondale.

Dan Martin

Dan Martin was one of the most successful riders of his generation with the Irishman winning stages in all three grand tours, and finishing inside the top-ten in all of them too. Also a winner of Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Il Lombardia, he was a consistent winner throughout his career. Having retired at the end of 2021, Martin has started a number of new projects, including regular contributions for.

How to watch the Tour de France in 2023

For 2023: GCN+ is showing the Tour de France in North America. Those of you in Europe have more options.

Inside the United States and Canada

Cycling fans in the U.S.A. and Canada can watch the Tour de France streamed through GCN+. The $49 annual subscription will allow you to watch via a web browser, the mobile app, or a smart tv app.

Daily coverage begins as early as 5:00 a.m. EDT daily. You’ll want to check the specific broadcast time for each stage, since there is some variability in the start times of the daily broadcast.

Outside the United States and Canada

GCN+ will show the race in Europe, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Eurosport will show the race in Europe. Other options include Rai Sport in Italy, L'Equipe TV in France, and Sporza in Belgium.