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October 20/10 17:27 pm - 2011 Tour Route Unveiled

Posted by Editoress on 10/20/10

ASO, organizers of the Tour de France, unveiled the 2011 route for the Tour in Paris yesterday. Covering a total of 3,471 kilometres over 21 stages, the race is made up of 10 flat stages, a Team Time Trial, one individual time trial, six mountain stages (four with summit finishes) and three transition stages (what the organizers call 'medium mountain' stages).

2011 will be the 100th anniversary of the Tour going through the Alps (starting with the Col du Galibier in 1911), so the race is heavily weighted towards the final stages in the Alps, including two ascents of the Galibier in back-to-back stages, and the highest finish in Tour history (2,645 metres) for the 18th stage. Alpe d'Huez is also back on the route.

The biggest reduction is the amount of time trialling, only 64 kilometres in total. The 23 kilometre TTT is too short to open up any big gaps, and the 41 kilometre individual time trial, coming on the penultimate day, is unlikely to have a significant impact, after all the climbing in the previous days.


Stage Date From - To Distance Type
1 Saturday, July 2nd Passage du Gois La Barre-de-Monts to Mont des Alouettes Les Herbiers 191 km Flat
2 Sunday, July 3rd Les Essarts to Les Essarts 23 km Team TT
3 Monday, July 4th Olonne-sur-Mer to Redon 198 km Flat
4 Tuesday, July 5th Lorient to Mûr-de-Bretagne 172 km Flat
5 Wednesday, July 6th Carhaix to Cap Fréhel 158 km Flat
6 Thursday, July 7th Dinan to Lisieux 226 km Flat
7 Friday, July 8th Le Mans to Châteauroux 215 km Flat
8 Saturday, July 9th Aigurande to Super-Besse Sancy 190 km Medium Mountains
9 Sunday, July 10th Issoire to Saint-Flour 208 km Medium Mountains
Rest Day Monday, July 11th Le Lioran Cantal    
10 Tuesday, July 12th Aurillac to Carmaux 161 km Flat
11 Wednesday, July 13th Blaye-les-Mines to Lavaur 168 km Flat
12 Thursday, July 14th Cugnaux to Luz-Ardiden 209 km High Mountains
13 Friday, July 15th Pau to Lourdes 156 km High Mountains
14 Saturday, July 16th Saint-Gaudens to Plateau de Beille 168 km High Mountains
15 Sunday, July 17th Limoux to Montpellier 187 km Flat
Rest Day Monday, July 18th Département de la Drôme   Rest Day
16 Tuesday, July 19th Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Gap 163 km Medium Mountains
17 Wednesday, July 20th Gap to Pinerolo 179 km High Mountains
18 Thursday, July 21st Pinerolo to Galibier Serre-Chevalier 189 km High Mountains
19 Friday, July 22nd Modane to Alpe-d’Huez 109 km High Mountains
20 Saturday, July 23rd Grenoble to Grenoble 41 km Individual Time Trial
21 Sunday, July 24th Créteil to Paris Champs-Élysées 160 km Flat


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