When does the 2023 Tour de France start? Dates, time | How to watch on TV and stream online
This year’s Tour de France will be the 120th edition of the prestigious event. Here’s what you need to know and how you can watch the big race.
2023 will see the 120th Tour de France begin on July 1st in Bilbao, Spain, before traveling into France, and finishing in Paris 21 stages later on the Champs-Élysées on July 23rd.
When does Tour de France 2023 begin?
The Tour de France 2023 will begin on Saturday, July 1st in Bilbao, Spain with coverage starting at the following times:
*Be advised that Stage 1 begins at 6:30 a.m. ET / 3:30 a.m. PT*
How to watch Tour de France 2023?
If you’re watching on TV, then you can find Tour de France 2023 on the following channel:
Tour de France 2023: The Lay of the Land
Cycling fans are already counting down the days to see the big names of the peloton in action at the Tour de France 2023, the biggest cycling race on the calendar. Indeed, in this 120th edition of the prestigious event we will see another chapter in the epic duel - we saw it last year as well - between Danish sensation, Jonas Vingegaard, and the Slovenian superstar Tadej Pogačar. Of course, there are many other stars as well such as Egan Bernal, David Gaudu, Romain Bardet, Enric Mas, and Mikel Landa who undoubtedly be looking to spoil the party for the two favorites.
Tour de France 2023: The Prediction
There is no way to deny that the yellow jersey is the biggest prize in the world of cycling. To win a Tour de France is more than a major sporting feat, it is the dream of any professional rider and the ultimate demonstration of the skill, grit, and endurance that the sport requires. Just ask Jumbo-Visma’s Jonas Vingegaard who surprised the world last year, when he defeated two-time Tour de France winner Tadej Pogačar of Slovenia. Indeed the manner in which the Dane dropped him on the brutal Col du Granon is a moment that will live on in the memories of cycling fans forever.
With that, both riders return to race in 2023 with equal fire but very different fuel. Vingegaard will be looking to defend his title, while Pogačar will be determined to show he’s still the sport’s best. The question is, ‘Who will come out on top?’ Our vote is that it will be Vingegaard who claims the yellow jersey once again. Since winning the Critérium du Dauphiné with apparent ease, the Danish rider has been in sensational form. By contrast, Pogačar has not seen any action since his crash back in April during the Liège-Bastogne-Liège - he broke his wrist. This is not to stay the Slovenian is past it, not by a long shot. It’s just that the way in which Vingegaard took the podium at the Dauphiné is quite frankly more than impressive.