Tour de France to start from Bilbao in 2023 – organisers

FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective masks walk past bar customers after bars reopened in Spain's Basque Country, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Bilbao
FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective masks walk past bar customers after bars reopened in Spain's Basque Country, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Bilbao, Spain, February 19, 2021. REUTERS/Vincent West

March 26, 2021

PARIS (Reuters) – The 2023 Tour de France will set off from Bilbao, marking the sixth time in 10 editions that the world’s most famous cycling race starts outside France, its organisers said on Friday.

The opening two stages will be held in the Basque country, where the Tour also began in 1992, when it rolled out from San Sebastian.

Since marking its “Grand Depart” in Yorkshire in Britain in 2015, the Tour has started in Utrecht in the Netherlands (2015), Duesseldorf in Germany (2017) as well as in Brussels (2019), and next year it will set out from Copenhagen.

This year’s race will set off in home territory, beginning in Nice on June 26.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Hugh Lawson)