How Long Is Tour de France – Total Distance, Longest Stages, and More

Have you ever wondered how many miles the modern gladiators on bikes need to cover just to finish Tour de France? Do you know what the entire Tour de France distance is? Do you know how many stages there are in Tour de France? Or how long the longest stage is? Well, we give you all the information below.

How Long Tour de France
The pack of riders pictured in action during stage 12 of the Tour de France cycling race, from Roanne to Belleville-en-Beaujolais (168,8 km), France, Thursday 13 July 2023. This year’s Tour de France takes place from 01 to 23 July 2023. BELGA PHOTO JASPER JACOBS – Photo by Icon sport

The 3 longest stages of the 2023 Tour de France have already been raced but when they were? How long they were? Who won? Read on to find out.

How long is Tour de France? How many miles are there in the Tour?

The 2023 Tour de France totals exactly 3,402.8 kilometres or about 2,115 miles. Compared to last year the 2023 Tour is slightly longer with the 2022 edition being 3,349.8 kilometres (2.081.5 miles).

The start of the tour was in the Basque Country of Spain for the 2nd time in history, the first one was back in 1992. The entire 3,402.8 kilometres will stretch over 3 days of riding in Spain and the rest will be in France. The 2023 Tour de France will visit 6 regions and 23 departments on French soil.

How many stages there are in Tour de France?

The 2023 Tour de France has 21 stages and 2 rest days. It all started on July 01st in Bilbao (Spain) with the final set to be once again on the iconic Champs-Élysées in Paris on July 23rd. The brief description of the 21 stages of this year’s tour is as follows: 8 flat stages; 4 hilly stages; 8 mount stages with 4 summit finishes (Cauterets-Cambasque, Puy de Dôme, Grand Colombier and Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc), 1 individual time trial and 2 rest days.

Now let’s look in more detail at all the 21 stages of this year’s Tour:

Stage 1: 182km (113.1 miles) Bilbao to Bilbao (hilly)

Stage 2: 209km (129.9 miles) Vitoria-Gasteiz to Saint-Sébastien (hilly)

Stage 3: 187.4km (116.5 miles) Amorebieta-Etxano to Bayonne (flat)

Stage 4: 182km (113.1 miles) Dax to Nogaro (flat)

Stage 5: 163km (101.3 miles) Pau to Laruns (mountain)

Stage 6: 145km (90.1 miles) Tarbes to Cauterets-Cambasque (mountain)

Stage 7: 170km (105.6 miles) Mont-de-Marsan to Bordeaux (flat)

Stage 8: 201km (124.9 miles) Libourne to Limoges (hilly)

Stage 9: 182.5km (113.4 miles) Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat to Puy de Dôme (mountain)

Rest Day July 10th

Stage 10: 167.5km (104.1 miles) Vulcania to Issoire (hilly)

Stage 11: 180km (111.9 miles) Clermont-Ferrand to Moulins (flat)

Stage 12: 169km (105 miles) Roanne to Belleville-en-Beaujolais (hilly)

Stage 13: 138km (85.8 miles) Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne to Grand Colombier (mountain)

Stage 14: 152km (94.5 miles) Annemasse to Morzine Les Portes du Soleil (mountain)

Stage 15: 179km (111.2 miles) Les Gets Les Portes du Soleil to Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc (mountain)

Rest Day July 17th

Stage 16: 22.4km (13.9 miles) Passy to Combloux (individual time trial)

Stage 17: 166km (103.2 miles) Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc to Courchevel (mountain)

Stage 18: 185km (115 miles) Moûtiers to Bourg-en-Bresse (hilly)

Stage 19: 173km (107.5 miles) Moirans-en-Montagne to Poligny (flat)

Stage 20: 133.5km (83 miles) Belfort to Le Markstein Fellering (mountain)

Stage 21: 115.5km (71.7 miles) Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines to Paris Champs-Élysées (flat)

There you have it! The entire 21 stages, every mile, every city and mountain top the 176 riders in the field will visit during the 2023 Tour de France.

Which are the 3 longest stages of the 2023 Tour de France?

The 3 longest stages of this year’s Tour were early on, all 3 were in week 1 of the race. Here is a bit more about them and who won each of these 3 marathon stages:

The longest stage of the 2023 Tour de France

Stage 2 (July 02nd): 209km (129.9 miles) Vitoria-Gasteiz to Saint-Sébastien (hilly)

Winner: Victor Lafay

Brief: At more than 200km this is the longest stage of the 2023 Tour. The entire day ride takes place in Spain’s Basque country. After starting at Bilbao the riders follow the picturesque coastline. As the stage progresses some small climbs begin to turn the terrain hilly. There are 5 categorised climbs in total with the Category 2 Jaizkible climb (8.3km) shortly before the finish guaranteeing some drama.

As things developed Victor Lafay won this stage after being part of a successful breakaway and attacking hard on the mentioned above final climb.

The 2nd longest stage of the 2023 Tour de France

Stage 8 (July 08th): 201km (124.9 miles) Libourne to Limoges (hilly)

Winner: Mads Pedersen

Brief: Stage 8 of this year’s Tour has the honours to be the 2nd longest and the only other stage over 200km. The first 130km of the profile as the cyclist head east of Libourne towards Bordeaux and Limoges are pretty flat. Things become much more hillier after that with the stage finishing with 3 short categorised climbs.

As expected a successful breakaway helped Mads Pedersen to claim the stage win. However, the day was sad for many as the legendary sprinter Mark Cavendish, chasing a historic 35th stage win, crashed out of the race on that day.

The 3rd longest stage of the 2023 Tour de France

Stage 3 (July 03rd): 187.4km (116.5 miles) Amorebieta-Etxano to Bayonne (flat)

Winner: Jasper Philipsen

Brief: Stage 3 was the first stage of the 2023 Tour de France profiled to suit the sprinters. This was also the only stage that started in Spain but finished in France. After a few small climbs in the opening 100km things flatten out for the second half of the stage and the fastest men will get their chance as they arrive in Bayonne.

As expected stage 3 produced the first sprint finish of the 2023 Tour de France. It saw the green jersey favourite Jasper Philipsen record his first stage win too. The Belgian went on a winning streak after this triumph.

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