Le Tour de France

Saturday, the 01st of July, 2017, edition 104th of the Tour de France sets out on German soil. Following the Grand Depart in Dusseldorf the route takes in infamous climbs like the Galibier, La Planche des Belles Filles and the Col d’Izoard. The race is marked by two ITT’s, one at the start and the second one is the penultimate stage.

Stages:
  • 01st stage / Sa 01st July / ITT in Dusseldorf (Ger) / 14.0 km / flat ITT
  • 02nd stage / Su 02nd July / Dusseldorf (Ger) – Luik in Liege (Bel) 203.5 km / flat
  • 3rd stage / Mo 03rd July / Verviers (Bel) – Longwy / 212.5 km / finish uphill
  • 04th stage / Tu 04th July / Mondorf les Bains (Lux) – Vittel (Fra) / 207.5 km / flat
  • 05th stage / We 05th July / Vittel – La Planche des Belles Filles / 160.0 km / mountain finish
  • 06th stage / Th 06th July / Vesoul – Troyes / 216.5 km / flat
  • 07th stage / Fr 07th July / Troyes – Nuits Saint Georges / 213.5 km / flat
  • 08th stage / Sa 08th July / Dole – Station des Rousses / 187.5 km / mountains
  • 09th stage / Su 09th July / Nantua – Chambery / 181.5 km / mountains
  • Mo 10th July / Rest day in Dordogne
  • 10th stage / Tu 11th July / Perigueux – Bergerac / 178.0 km / flat
  • 11th stage / We 12th July / Eymet – Pau / 203.5 km / flat
  • 12th stage / Th 13th July / Pau – Peyragudes / 214.5 km / mountains
  • 13th stage / Fr 14th July / Saint Girons – Foix / 101.0 km / mountains
  • 14th stage / Sa 15th July / Blagnac – Rodez / 181.5 km / heuvels
  • 15th stage / Su 16th July / Laissac Severac l’Eglise – Le Puy en Velay / 189.5 km / hilly
  • Mo 17th July / Rest day in Le Puy en Velay
  • 16th stage / Tu 18th July / Le Puy en Velay – Romans sur Isere / 165.0 km / hilly, flat finish
  • 17th stage / We 19th July / La Mure – Serre Chevalier / 183.0 km / mountains
  • 18th stage / Th 20th July / Briancon – Col d’Izoard / 179.5 km / mountains
  • 19th stage / Fr 21st July / Embrun – Salon de Provence / 222.5 km / flat
  • 20th stage / Sa 22nd July / ITT in Marseille / 22.5 km / flat ITT
  • 21st stage / Su 23rd July / Montgeron – Champs-Elysees in Paris / 103.0 km / flat
  •  Route of the 2017 Tour de France:
The 2017 Tour de France is played out from the 01st of July to the 23rd of July. The most important stage race leaves from Dusseldorf, Germany, to finish in Paris. What is in between?

Stage-01 of the 2017 Tour France is a flat individual time trial of 14 kilometers. On 02nd July stage-02 will also start in Dusseldorf to head for Liege in Belgium. Stage-03 leads from Verviers to a punchy closing climb in Longwy, while the 4th stage is set to finish on a false flat arrival in Vittel.

The race then travels further down south to the Vosges mountains for the first climbers clash. Leaving from Vittel stage-05 leads to the steep La Planche des Belles Filles – a 5.9 kilometers climb at 8.5% with steepest sectors at 20% near the top. In 2012 Froome climbed to victory on these slopes, in 2014 it was Nibali who took the flowers.

Fast men will be eyeing up stage-06, leading from Vesoul to Troyes, while the 7th stage is travelling to Nuits-Saint Georges, the famous wine walhalla in Burgundy. The route is seeking vertical metres again in stage-08, when the riders race to Station des Rousses.

The Jura mountains are set to bring harsh climbs to the table as stage-09 takes in the Col de la Biche, the Grand Colombier (from it’s toughest side, meaning 22% grades), Mont du Chat, while the finish is in Chambery.

  Second week of racing

The stunning Dordogne region hosts the post-rest day stage to Bergerac, after which the Tour de France travels down to the foothills of the Pyrenees in stage-11. High mountains are on the menu in stage-12 with a summit finish atop Peyragudes. In 2012, Alejandro Valverde soloed to victory at this ski station, ahead of the chasing duo Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins.

Stage-13 is played out on Bastille Day, the 14th of July, with a short and, possibly, explosive, race to Foix. In merely 101 kilometers three cols are to be crested and expect grueling gradients of 18%. With that the Pyrenees are done.

Stage-14 travels from Blagnac to Rodez. In the 2015 Tour de France, Olympic Champion Greg Van Avermaet bested World Champion Peter Sagan in Rodez in exactly the same finale. The next day, stage-15 is played out on a route to Le Puy-en-Velez that’s tailor made for attackers.

  Tough closing week

Following the second rest day, the 16th stage travels to Romans-sur-Isere and then the Alps ‘usher in’ the peloton. Stage-17 takes in the 2,642 meters Galibier to close with a 28 kilometers descent to ski resort Serre Chevalier, while stage-18 offers the last summit finish against the dramatic backdrop of the Col d’Izoard at 2,360 meters.

Rather surprisingly, the 2017 Tour de France will not see any high mountains in the closing weekend. In stead, stage-19 travels from Embrun to Salon-de-Provence, offering chances for fast finishers or attackers, while stage-20 is a 22.5 kilometers individual time trial in Marseille in the deep south of France.

Obviously, the last stage will finish on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

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