Bilbao to host 2023 Tour de France Grand Depart

By Sports Desk March 26, 2021

The 2023 Tour de France will start in the Spanish city of Bilbao.

Organisers of the most prestigious Grand Tour race on Friday confirmed the event in two years' time will get under way in the Basque Country.

It will be the second time the Grand Depart has been staged in Spain, with the riders having set off in San Sebastian back in 1992.

The Tour will get going in Bilbao on July 1, with an opening loop stage before a second day within the borders of the Basque Country.

A big crowd will be expected for the start of the race on a day which will mark the 120th anniversary of the race.

As many as 21 Tour de France stage winners have hailed from the Basque Country, almost a third of the 66 Spanish riders to have achieved that feat.

Related items

  • Giro d'Italia: Mader climbs to stage six win, Valter takes maglia rosa Giro d'Italia: Mader climbs to stage six win, Valter takes maglia rosa

    Gino Mader climbed to the first professional victory of his career on stage six of the Giro d'Italia and Attila Valter took over as the race leader on Thursday.

    Mader gave Bahrain Victorious a much-needed lift a day after their team leader Mikel Landa crashed out of the race.

    The 24-year-old Swiss was among six riders who made a breakaway on the 160-kilometre route from Grotte di Frasassi on a miserable rainy day.

    That group was increased to eight, but there was one man who went on his own up the 15km final ascent to the finish in Ascoli and it was Mader who went away to take the win.

    Mader attacked with 3.3km to go in grim weather conditions and there was no catching him as he finished 12 seconds ahead of Egan Bernal, also taking over as the leader of king of the mountains.

    His victory ensured for the first time in Giro history riders from different countries have won the opening six stages of the race.

    Groupama-FDJ rider Valter took the maglia rosa from Alessandro De Marchi, becoming the first Hungarian to have that honour.

    Valter leads Remco Evenepoel by 11 seconds, while 2019 Tour de France champion Bernal is only 16 seconds adrift of the new leader in third place.

    Bernal showed no sign of the back problem that has troubled him, making a late attack to drop some of his general classification rivals after receiving great backing from his INEOS Grenadiers team-mates a day after Pavel Sivakov was forced to abandon the race.

     

    STAGE RESULT  

    1. Gino Mader (Bahrain Victorious) 4:17:52
    2. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) +0.12
    3. Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) +0.12
    4. Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) +0.12
    5. Giulio Ciccone (Trek–Segafredo) +0.14

    CLASSIFICATION STANDINGS

    General Classification

    1. Attila Valter (Groupama-FDJ) 22:17:06
    2. Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck–Quick-Step +0.11
    3. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) +0.16

    Points Classification        

    1. Giacomo Nizzolo (Team Qhubeka Assos) 72
    2. Elia Viviani (Cofidis) 68
    3. Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) 58

    King of the Mountains

    1. Gino Mader (Bahrain Victorious) 26
    2. Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R Citroen Team) 18
    3. Vincenzo Albanese (Eolo–Kometa) 18

  • Giro d'Italia: Sivakov abandons after stage five crash Giro d'Italia: Sivakov abandons after stage five crash

    Pavel Sivakov has abandoned the Giro d'Italia after suffering a shoulder injury when he crashed late in a chaotic stage five.

    Sivakov was selected as a joint leader by Ineos Grenadiers but the Russian rider's race ended in the first week.

    The 23-year-old went down heavily after seemingly touching wheels with a team-mate in the final 15 kilometres of the 177-kilometre route from Modena to Cattolica on Wednesday.

    Sivakov was able to pick himself up and finish the stage, but his general classifications were shattered by the unfortunate incident.

    Ineos later confirmed Sivakov's participation in the Giro is over following a stage that was won by Caleb Ewan in a sprint finish.

    The team tweeted: "Unfortunately, @PavelSivakov has been forced to withdraw from the Giro d'Italia after injuring his shoulder in a crash on today's stage. All the best for a speedy recovery Pavel!"

    Mikel Landa is also out of the race after he suffered a heavy crash and was taken to hospital.

    Joe Dombrowski, leader of the king of the mountains, was another rider to crash on his birthday a day after the American gave himself an early present by winning stage four.

  • Giro d'Italia: Landa crashes out as Ewan wins chaotic stage five Giro d'Italia: Landa crashes out as Ewan wins chaotic stage five

    Caleb Ewan sprinted to victory in a chaotic finish to stage fifth stage of the Giro d'Italia which saw Mikel Landa abandon the race and Pavel Sivakov also suffer a heavy crash.

    Lotto Soudal rider Ewan had the pace to burst away from heavy traffic and claim the fourth Giro stage win of his career ahead of Giacomo Nizzolo (Team Qhubeka Assos) and Elia Viviani (Cofidis).

    The Australian's win in Cattolica on Wednesday was overshadowed by accidents in the closing stages of the 177-kilometre route from Modena.

    Landa and Sivakov went down heavily in separate incidents, with the Spaniard taken to hospital after being unable to get back on his feet.

    Bahrain Victorious rider Landa looked in great pain as he was treated on the roadside before an ambulance arrived.

    Fellow general classification contender Sivakov crashed in the final 15km and although he was able to get back on his bike, it remains to be seen if the Russian will be able to continue.

    Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers) appeared to touch wheels with a team-mate as his hopes of winning the Giro evaporated in dramatic fashion.

    Joe Dombrowski, leader of the king of the mountains, also crashed on his birthday a day after the American gave himself an early present by winning stage four. 

    Dombrowski had started the day second in the GC standings and his crash left Alessandro De Marchi with a 42-second advantage in the Maglia Rosa.

    Francois Bidard was another rider who came off in a painful day for several riders, but a glorious one for Ewan after the peloton had reeled in Alexis Gougeard, Davide Gabburo and Simon Pellaud.

    Ewan said: "The goal to start with was one [stage win], so I've done that, and I think you know me, I'm pretty hungry to win as much as I can, so maybe this is good confidence for the team and myself going forward and, you know, in the next few sprint stages it'll show."

     

    STAGE RESULT  

    1. Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) 4:07:01
    2. Giacomo Nizzolo (Team Qhubeka Assos) same time
    3. Elia Viviani (Cofidis) same time
    4. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) same time
    5. Fernando Gaviria Rendon (UAE Team Emirates) same time

    CLASSIFICATION STANDINGS

    General Classification

    1. Alessandro De Marchi (Israel Start-Up Nation) 17:57:45
    2. Louis Vervaeke (Alpecin-Fenix) +00:42
    3. Nelson Oliveira (Movistar) +00:48

    Points Classification        

    1. Giacomo Nizzolo (Team Qhubeka Assos) 72
    2. Elia Viviani (Cofidis) 68
    3. Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) 59

    King of the Mountains

    1. Joe Dombrowski (UAE-Team Emirates) 18
    2. Vincenzo Albanese (Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team) 16
    3. Rein Taaramae (Intermarche–Wanty–Gobert Materiaux) 13

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.