2023 Tour de France program and race guide

Published by Lyn on 27 September 2022

The official Tour de France program and race guide ALWAYS SELLS OUT. It has all the info that you need to plan your Tour de France trip, including stage times and maps. It's also great for armchair viewing at home.

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(Image from a previous year).

The Official Tour de France race guide is published in the months leading up to the race. 

English language versions are usually published in late May each year. We will post details and links on this page as soon as they come to hand. Please don't email me to ask – I will publish the info here when I have it (I am not the publisher of the race guide – I only post the info here to help other cyclists). 

ASO, the Tour de France organiser, licenses the publication of the guide in each country each year. This is why the quality varies across countries/editions/languages.

The UK edition of the TDF race guide

In my view, the UK edition is consistently the best English-language edition. If you live in the UK, US, Canada, Australia or anywhere else and you are following the Tour de France in person, then this is the edition you want to get your hands on. It is more comprehensive than the other English editions.

You need to order the UK edition from the UK and have it sent to a UK address. It cannot be delivered outside the UK due to ASO's licensing agreements.

There are usually two UK editions.

1) The Standard Edition of the Official Tour de France 2023 Race Guide (UK/English) – I will post the link here when I get it.

2) The Premium Edition of the Official Tour de France 2023 Race Guide (UK/English) – I will post the link here when I get it.

Readers outside the UK

As mentioned above, reader feedback suggests that some of the versions below (published by local publishers on contract) are not as comprehensive as the UK English-language version. The UK edition is consistently more comprehensive than other editions and carries more maps, more route info, full stage times and more general race information. If it's possible to have a friend in the UK send you a copy, then that would be my recommendation if you are travelling to the TDF.

* The Australian and New Zealand edition – I will post links here when I get them. 
* For the US I will post links here when I get them.  
* The original French-language version is released in France and is sold at newsagents and tabacs (corner stores).

What's usually included in the UK English-language edition?

I cannot speak for the US and Australian versions as I do not receive them, so this info relates to the UK English edition.

We find the UK version of the guide invaluable when planning our trips to watch the Tour de France. It's got maps of every stage, plus full team and stage profiles, as well as stage start and end times (they are particularly useful to have in one place both when planning and on the day).

There is a 'premium' edition' as well as a 'standard edition' that includes stuff like:

Standard UK English-language edition 

The 2022 version, for example, had:

  • 204-page program/magazine with individual stage maps + stage start/end times + Tour de France Femmes info
  • Set of 3 beer mats
  • 28-page Alpe d’Huez supplement (the supplement for this year's TDF guide focuses on iconic moments of Alpe d'Huez to both celebrate its inclusion in this year's race and 70 years since its first inclusion at the TDF)
  • France wall poster of the entire route

Premium UK English-language edition

The 2022 version, for example, had:

  • 204-page program/magazine with individual stage maps + stage start/end times + Tour de France Femmes info
  • Set of 3 beer mats
  • 28-page Alpe d’Huez supplement (the supplement for this year's TDF guide focuses on iconic moments of Alpe d'Huez to both celebrate its inclusion in this year's race and 70 years since its first inclusion at the TDF)
  • France wall poster of the entire route
  • Souvenir TDF socks

Why get it?

We wouldn't go to watch more than one Tour de France stage without it. All the basic info is eventually replicated on the official TDF website, but having it in hard copy is handy (and easier/cheaper) if you're using phone data to access the web, if you're in a dodgy wifi zone or if your phone battery dies (yes, that was me in 2021).     

We get dozens of emails every day asking for information about following the Tour de France – I always tell them to get a copy of the official race guide to make planning easier.

This guide has lots of info that can help you plan your trip. While it is published too early to include all road closure information (see this page for that), having all the stage information in one place is really handy. It basically replicates the official TDF website but in a much more easily digestible format and in much more detail.

Each stage is profiled with a map that helps you put key cols and stage towns into perspective, and to see clearly where access roads may be. The pullout map then gives a full overview of how the stages interact.

Those UK links again ...

1) The Standard Edition of the Official Tour de France 2023 Race Guide (UK/English) – I'll put the link here when it's available.

2) The Premium Edition of the Official Tour de France 2023 Race Guide (UK/English) – I'll put the link here when it's available.

This guide SELLS OUT EVERY YEAR, often weeks before the Tour. If you are thinking of watching the Tour de France in person, you should order a copy as soon as it's released. 

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