Tour de France 2023 to start in Bilbao

The French Grand Tour will apparently start in Spain for the first time since 1992

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The 2023 Tour de France will start in Bilbao, race organisers ASO have confirmed, 31 years since the last Spanish Grand Départ in 1992.

An agreement is said to have been reached by Bilbao and race organisers ASO, with €10 million reportedly set aside to fund the event, and newspaper El Correo reporting that talks began in 2016 when Christian Prudhomme visited the city as the Vuelta a España passed through. The first two stages are expected to take place in the de facto capital of the Basque region before the race moves back over the border into France.

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