The Tour de l’Ain – Solimut Mutuelle de France will be held on 31 July, 1 and 2 August 2023 and remains true to its tradition with short, dynamic and demanding stages, spread over 3 days and almost all the regions of the Department. A field of play conducive to running movements that will be crowned an offensive and talented rider.
1st stage – Monday 31 July 2023 – Loyettes > La Plaine Tonique (154 km – 1250m D+)
In partnership with the Communauté de Communes de la Plaine de l’Ain et Grand Bourg Agglomération.
For the 35th edition, the town of Loyettes will host the start of the traditional inaugural stage.
Going up from the Plaine de l’Ain, in the South of the Department, to the Plaine Tonique of Grand Bourg Agglomeration, in the North, the peloton will visit the entire western side of the Department. Thus, the Coastal then the country of Dombes and its ponds will be on the program of the beginning of stage. The peloton will then head towards Bresse where attackers could use the difficulties of the final to thwart the plans of the sprinters.
As usual on the Tour de l’Ain, the first stage should be very contested and motivate the adventurers before two more rugged stages.
2nd stage – Tuesday 1st August 2023- Saint-Vulbas > Lagnieu (124 km – 2031mD+)
In partnership with the Commune de Communes de la Plaine de l’Ain.
On the occasion of this second 100% stage in the Plaine de l’Ain, the foothills of Bas-Bugey will be in the spotlight. Starting in Saint-Vulbas and finishing in Lagnieu, it is a route favourable to strong men on winding and demanding roads that is proposed. The riders will remain constantly in battle and the battle could rage between the breakaways and the peloton.
A short but intense stage where the leaders will have to be vigilant to stay in the game of the general classification.
3rd stage – Wednesday 2 August 2023 – Oyonnax > Lélex Monts-Jura (137 km – 2905mD+)
In partnership with Haut-Bugey Agglomération & l’Agglomération du Pays de Gex
This last stage of the Aindinois tryptique will start from Oyonnax in the Haut Bugey towards Lélex Monts-Jura following a course that will see the riders chain the difficulties from the start for a total of more than 2905m positive altitude difference. A real mountain stage with the unmissable climb of the Col de Menthières before the final finish in the resort of Pays de Gex.
In total, 415 kilometers for 6185m of positive altitude are waiting for the professional riders.
17 teams of 6 riders will make up the 2023 edition of the Tour de l’Ain. A selection of the world’s best teams (World Tour, professional continental, continental, national selections).
Last year, Frenchman Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) won the race ahead of Denmark’s Mattias Skjelmose Jensen (Trek-Segafredo) and his compatriot Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ).