The Tour de France in Bordeaux
Cycling fans, make a note of July 7 in your diaries, the day when the Tour de France peloton crosses the finish line at Place des Quinconces. Would you like to come and cheer on your favourite champions on the home straight of this 7th stage? There'll be plenty of entertainment at the Fanpark, in Place des Quinconces. We'll tell you all about it!
Tour de France finish line and publicity caravan
Bordeaux will be hosting the finish of the 7th stage of the Tour de France (here's the map), which departs from Mont-de Marsan and arrives at the Place des Quinconces, where the finish line has been in place (on the Quai Louis-XVIII) since March. The people of Bordeaux are looking forward to welcoming the Grande Boucle, which last passed through here in 2010.
The riders are due to arrive at the Quinconces on 7 July at around 5.20pm. The publicity caravan, an essential part of the Tour de France spectacle, will arrive earlier, at around 3.30pm. During this festive opening parade, the Tour's partners will be putting on a show, handing out a host of promotional gifts (with an emphasis on the usefulness of the objects and the use of recycled and/or recyclable materials) to surprise the hundreds of fans waiting for the riders to pass by!
Credit Marlène Roumegoux
Where does stage 7 - Mont-de-Marsan - Bordeaux go?
On the Gironde section of this 170km stage, the Tour will cross the Sud-Gironde, the Entre-deux-Mers, and enter the city after passing through Camblanes-et-Meynac and Latresne. The peloton will then reach Bouliac from the D113, where it will head for the Quai de la Souys to follow the quays of Floirac. The riders continue along the right bank of the Garonne before crossing the Pont Saint-Jean to reach the left bank. Here, they will tackle a fine 2km straight for a final sprint along the quays to the finish line at the Quinconces. The following day, the peloton will set off from Libourne.
The Fanpark at the Quinconces
From Thursday 6 July, the Place des Quinconces will be hosting a village of free events put on by the Tour de France and its partners, as well as a host of local players.
It will be open on Thursday 6 July from 2pm to 9pm and on 7 July from 10am to 7pm.
To follow the stage in real time on a giant screen, go to the quayside, near the Miroir d'Eau.
How do I get to the Fanpark?
The easiest way is by bike! A free secure bike park with a capacity of 770 bikes will be available at the Quinconces. It will be accessible by reservation and managed by AG2R, partner of the Tour de France, at the same times as the Fan Park. If you are planning to come by car, please note that the finish area and the route will be inaccessible to vehicles from 12.30pm on 7 July. A mobility, diversion and public transport plan is currently being drawn up to provide visitors and residents with the best possible information and guidance.
Information for public transport
Metropolitan France will be rolling out a specific plan for public transport. The challenge is twofold. The large number of Tour de France spectators need to be transported to the site, while at the same time guaranteeing continuity of public transport services for everyday users on the first day of the school holidays.
Line B of the tramway will have to be interrupted between Quinconces and Claveau stations from 10pm on Thursday 6 July until 11pm on Friday 7 July. This stop will allow the arrival village to be set up at Quinconces. A replacement bus service will be provided to make up for this interruption.
For site development and safety purposes, the Pont Saint-Jean will also be closed to traffic from 10pm on Thursday 6 July until 9pm on Friday 7 July.
Lines C and D should be interrupted on the platforms from 2pm on Friday 7 July depending on the number of spectators on site. The aim is to keep them running as long as possible to serve Gare St Jean. Lines C and D will resume service at 7pm on Friday 7 July.
On several roads in the Metropolitan area along the route of the race (Floirac, Quais de la Souys, Pont Saint-Jean), bus routes will have to be diverted on the afternoon of Friday 7 July between around 12 noon and 6.30pm for the passage of the runners.
Bordeaux awarded "Ville à Vélo du Tour de France" label
This year, Bordeaux has been awarded 4 bicycles for the Tour de France 2023 "Ville à Vélo" label, the highest possible score! Of the 32 cities that applied for this 2023 promotion, only two other cities were awarded 4 bicycles (Paris and Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain). The award recognises an "exemplary cycling promotion policy", an investment in cycling that began more than 20 years ago and is now bearing fruit, with cycling on the increase.