Quick Bit: Here is what we know about the 2023 Tour de France, where Jonas Vingegaard will hope to defend his General Classification title.

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Jonas Vingegaard became the winner of the 109th Tour de France in 2022, beating defending champion Tadej Pogacar to become the first Danish winner of the event since Bjarne Riis in 1996.

Cycling fans have less than 12 months to wait for the start of the 2023 Tour, which will begin in northern Spain.

What do we know so far about the 2023 Tour de France? The Sporting News has the details on the gruelling test of endurance.

When is the Tour de France 2023?

Starting on July 1, the 2023 edition of the Tour de France will be the 110th edition of the most high-profile event on the cycling calendar.

The 2023 Tour will begin in Bilbao, marking the second time it has taken place in the Basque Country.

The 1992 Tour also started in the region, and this time, the first stage will be made up of a loop around Bilbao.

The 2023 Tour de France is expected to finish in Paris around July 24.

MORE: Tour de France 2022 final standings: Stage winners, results, route, jerseys as Jonas Vingegaard triumphs in Paris

How long is the Tour de France 2023?

The total distance of the Tour de France 2023 is yet to be announced. The 2022 race covered 3,328 kilometres (2,068 miles), with only two rest days for riders along the way.

That made it the second-shortest total distance of the past decade. Only the 2021 edition, which was 3,328km, has been shorter over that period.

What is the longest stage of the Tour de France 2023?

The longest stage of the three announced so far is the second stage, which also takes place in the Basque Country.

The section, between Vitoria-Gasteiz and San Sebastian, will span 210km (130.5 miles). The longest stage of the 2022 Tour covered just under 220km (140 miles).

Tour de France 2023 route and confirmed stages

Three stages of the 2023 Tour have been confirmed. The rest are expected to be announced in October 2022.

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Date (local time)
Length
Stage
Winner
1
July 1
185 km (115 miles)
Bilbao (hilly)

2
July 2
210 km (130.5 miles)
Vitoria-Gasteiz to San Sebastian (hilly)

3
July 3
TBC
Amorebieta-Etxano to France (flat)

Tour de France 2023 confirmed teams and riders

The full list of teams and riders competing in the 2023 Tour de France will be updated here.

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