The Tour de France, 1-23 July 2017
The 104th Tour de France will comprise 21 stages covering a total distance of 3,516 kilometres.
There will be nine stages on the flat, five hill stages, five mountain stages with 3 finishing at high altitude (La Planche des Belles Filles, Peyragudes, and Col d’Izoard) and two time-trials for individual riders.
The five main mountain ranges of France will be tackled in the race. In order: the Vosges, the Jura, the Pyrenees, the Massif Central and the Alps, finishing at Col d'Izoard.
The route of the Tour
The Tour will depart from Düsseldorf in Germany on Saturday 1st July and end on the Champs-Elysées in Paris on Sunday 23rd July..
After two stages in Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg it will go through Lorraine, Champagne, Burgundy, Franche-Comté and Savoy via the towns of Vittel, Troyes, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Dole and Chambéry, where it will arrive on the evening of 9th July.
The riders will take a short flight to Périgueux, from where they will race along the roads of Gascony, the Béarn and the Ariège, passing through the towns of Bergerac, Pau and Foix. Then they will head from Toulouse to Rodez, Severac and Le Puy-en-Velay, crossing the River Rhône near Romans-sur-Isère.
The last section of the Tour will take place in the Alps, with stages from La Mure to Serre-Chevalier, from Briançon to the Col d'Izoard, from Embrun to Salon-de-Provence, and, finally, in Marseille.
Then it only remains to find out the winner of the race, after the traditional sprint up the Champs-Elysées on the 23rd July
The time-trials will take place on the second stage of the race - Düsseldorf to Liège on Saturday 1st July - and the twentieth stage, which is in Marseille on Saturday 22nd July.
Briançon - col d'Izoard, stage, Thursday 20th July
he eighteenth stage of the Tour de France, 178 kilometres long, will begin with a long descent along the River Durance from Briançon to Savines.
From there the riders will go along the valley of the Ubaye to Barcelonnette where the tough part of the stage begins.
First there is the climb of almost 1,000 metres to the Col de Vars, then a descent of 1,100 metres to Guillestre..
he climax will be the climb of more than 1,300 metres to the Col d'Izoard, passing through Arvieux, La Chalp and Brunissard. The finish at the Col will be a great first for the Queyras.