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Tour de France schedule

This year’s Tour de France kicks off from the Futuroscope, a “retro-future” theme park (whatever that is), no longer with the traditional prologue but with a for-real time trial. Quite apt that organisers have dispensed with the traditional prologue, as Chris Boardman, traditional winner of it in recent years, had to pull out of the Tour last week.

Big hill sections come in the Pyrenees in Stage 10 and in the Alps in Stages 12, 14, 15, 16, 17. No Alpe d’Huez this year, but the real men and boys stuff comes in stages 14 and 15. The climb to to La Montee de Courcheval at the end of Stage 15 (17.3 km at 8.1% gradient to an altitude of 2,004m) has not been ridden since the the 1997 tour, and this should be a significant day.

Its all mouth-watering stuff, can’t wait for the contest to get going…





1 Saturday, July 1
FUTUROSCOPE, 16.5km
Individual Time trial
2 Sunday, July 2
FUTUROSCOPE/LOUDUN, 194km
3 Monday, July 3
LOUDUN/NANTES, 161.5km
4 Tuesday, July 4
NANTES/SAINT-NAZAIRE, 70km
Team time trial
5 Wednesday, July 5
VANNES/VITRÉ, 202km
6 Thursday, July 6
VITRÉ/TOURS, 198.5km
7 Friday, July 7
TOURS/LIMOGES, 205.5km
8 Saturday, July 8
LIMOGES/VILLENEUVE-SUR-LOT, 203.5km
9 Sunday, July 9
AGEN/DAX, 181km
10 Monday, July 10
DAX/LOURDES-HAUTACAM, 205km




11 Tuesday, July 11
BAGNÈRES-DE-BIGORRE/REVEL, 218.5km
12 Thursday, July 13
CARPENTRAS/MONT-VENTOUX, 149km
13 Friday, July 14
AVIGNON/DRAGUIGNAN, 185.5km
14 Saturday, July 15
DRAGUIGNAN/BRIANÇON, 249.5km
15 Sunday, July 16
BRIANÇON/COURCHEVEL, 173.5km
16 Tuesday, July 18
COURCHEVEL/MORZINE, 196.5km
17 Wednesday, July 19
ÉVIAN-LES-BAINS/LAUSANNE, 155km
18 Thursday, July 20
LAUSANNE/FRIBOURG-EN-BRISCAU, 246.5km
19 Friday, July 21
FRIBOURG-EN-BRISGAU/MULHOUSE, 58.5km
Individual time trial
20 Saturday, July 22
BELFORT/TROYES, 254.5km
21 Sunday, July 23
PARIS/CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES, 138km

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