The month of July is approaching and France is already preparing for the 105th edition of the Tour de France, the most important cycling competition in the world.
The 21 stages of this year will be developed along 3,329 kilometers. The start will take place in the town of Noirmoutier-en-l’Île, in the west of the country, and will end as usual in the Champs Elysees of the city of Paris.
With the exception of small sections in the Spanish Pyrenees, the rest of the tour of the Tour will take place entirely within the territory of France.
The competition, which will take place between July 7 and 29, has planned some sections in pavé and it is worth highlighting the visit again to the Alpe d’Huez, one of the most emblematic places visited by the fans and that had his last participation in the 2015 edition.
Of the 21 stages of the Tour, 8 will be in plains, ideal for sprinters; 6 high mountain, ideal for climbers; 5 of half mountain and 2 time trial (one by teams and one individual).
The three arrivals this year will be La Rosière, Alpe d’Huez and Col de Portet. In addition, several mountain passes will be traversed, 11 in the Alps, 10 in the Pyrenees and 4 in the Central Massif.
|Stage 1||7 July||Noirmoutier-en-l’Île – Fontenay-le-Comte||
|Stage 2||8 July||Mouilleron-Saint-Germain – La Roche-sur-Yon||
|Stage 3||9 July||Cholet – Cholet||
|Stage 4||10 July||La Baule-Escoublac – Sarzeau||
|Stage 5||11 July||Lorient – Quimper||
|Stage 6||12 July||Brest – Mûr-de-Bretagne||
|Stage 7||13 July||Fougères – Chartres||
|Stage 8||14 July||Dreux – Amiens||
|Stage 9||15 July||Arras – Roubaix||
|16 July||Rest day||
|Stage 10||17 July||Annecy – Le Grand-Bornand||
|Stage 11||18 July||Albertville – La Rosière||
|Stage 12||19 July||Bourg-Saint-Maurice – Alpe d’Huez||
|Stage 13||20 July||Le Bourg-d’Oisans – Valence||
|Stage 14||21 July||Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux – Mende||
|Stage 15||22 July||Millau – Carcasona||
|23 July||Rest day||
|Stage 16||24 July||Carcasona – Bagnères-de-Luchon||
|Stage 17||25 July||Bagnères-de-Luchon – Saint-Lary-Soulan||
|Stage 18||26 July||Trie-sur-Baïse – Pau||
|Stage 19||27 July||Lourdes – Laruns||
|Stage 20||28 July||Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle – Espelette||
|Stage 21||29 July||Houilles – París||116|
Some 22 teams participate in the Tour de France, 18 in the UCI WorldTeam category and 4 in the Continental Professional category. Since this edition, the number per participants per team drops from 9 to 8, resulting in a total of 176 competitors.
- UCI World Teams:
Dimension Data EF Education First-Drapac Katusha-Alpecin LottoNL-Jumbo Sky
Sunweb Trek-Segafredo UAE Emirates
- UCI Professional Continental teams:
The map of all stages is shown below. You can download it in PDF format in this link.