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October 24/12 12:11 pm - 100th Anniversary Tour Route Unveiled

Posted by Editoress on 10/24/12

The Amaury Sport Organization (ASO), organizers of the Tour de France, unveiled today the route for the 2013 Tour, the 100th edition of the world's most famous bike race. The 3360 kilometre, 21 stage race will take place entirely within France, after forays in recent years to other countries for opening stages. It will begin on the island of Corsica for the opening three stages, on June 29th.

The 2013 route runs roughly clockwise around France (more of a zig-zag, in reality) offers stages for both climbers and time trialists. However, the later will not be as happy with the shorter individual races, at only 33 kilometres (stage 11) and 32 kilometres (stage 17). There is also a Team Time Trial (stage 4) at 25 kilometres.

The climbers should be happy, with six pure mountain stages, including four mountain top finishes. The first mountains will be the Pyrenees, followed by the Alps. The race will include both Mont Ventoux (stage 15) and Alpe d'Huez (stage 18). Alpe d'Huez, as previously rumoured, will feature two ascents in a single stage. After Alpe d'Huez there are two more climbing stages before the final procession into Paris. The last stage will finish at night, for the first time.

In an interesting footnote, the media guide listing of all winners, going back to 1903, has asterisks (*) for the Armstrong years (1999-205). However, Bjarne Riis is still listed as the winner for 1996, despite having to confessed to doping at the time and returning his jersey.

2013 Tour de France Route

June 29 Stage 1 Porto-Vecchio to Bastia 212km
June 30 Stage 2 Bastia to Ajaccio 154km
July 1 Stage 3 Ajaccio to Calvi 145km
July 2 Stage 4 Nice to Nice TTT 25km
July 3 Stage 5 Cagnes-sur-Mer to Marseille 219km
July 4 Stage 6 Aix-en-Provence to Montpellier 176km
July 5 Stage 7 Montpellier to Albi 205km
July 6 Stage 8 Castres to Ax-3 Domaines 194km
July 7 Stage 9 Saint-Girons to Bagnères-de-Bigorre 165km
July 8 Rest Day Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Atlantique  
July 9 Stage 10 St-Gildas-des-Bois to Saint-Malo 193km
July 10 Stage 11 Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel ITT 33km
July 11 Stage 12 Fougères to Tours 218km
July 12 Stage 13 Tours to Saint-Amand-Montrond 173km
July 13 Stage 14 Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule to Lyon 191km
July 14 Stage 15 Givors to Mont Ventoux 242km
July 15 Rest Day Vaucluse Province (Avignon)  
July 16 Stage 16 Vaison-la-Romaine to Gap 168km
July 17 Stage 17 Embrun to Chorges ITT 32km
July 18 Stage 18 Gap to l’Alpe d’Huez 168km
July 19 Stage 19 Bourg d’Oisans to Le Grand Bornand 204km
July 20 Stage 20 Annecy to Annecy-Semnoz 125km
July 21 Stage 21 Versailles to Paris/Champs-Elysées 118km


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