The 2010 Tour de France route has been unveiled today (Wednesday) at the Palais des Congrès in Paris.

The route is one of the hilliest in years and features just one individual time trial. Starting in Rotterdam the route takes the riders down through Belgium before crossing back over in to France and the famous Forest of Arenberg of Paris Roubaix fame.

The route celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Tour’s first mountain stages by spending three days in the Pyrenean mountain range when the riders go over the Tourmalet twice. The most exciting stage looks like being stage 17 from Pau to the summit of the Tourmalet at 2114m.

Saturday, July 3

Prologue: Rotterdam (Netherlands) 8km individual time trial

Sunday, July 4
Stage 1: Rotterdam – Brussels (Belgium) 224km flat

Monday, July 5
Stage 2: Brussels – Spa 192km hilly

Tuesday, July 6
Stage 3: Wanze – Arenberg Porte du Hainaut 207km flat
Cobbles: seven sectors totalling 13.2km including Sars-et-Rosières, Tilloy, Haveluy

Wednesday, July 7
Stage 4: Cambrai – Reims 150km flat

Thursday, July 8
Stage 5: Epernay – Montargis 185km flat

Friday, July 9
Stage 6: Montargis – Gueugnon 225km flat

Saturday, July 10
Stage 7: Tournus – Station des Rousses 161km medium mountains

Sunday, July 11
Stage 8: Station des Rousses – Morzine 189km high mountains
Climbs: Col de la Ramaz, Morzine

Monday, July 12
Rest day

Tuesday, July 13
Stage 9: Morzine Avoriaz – Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne 204km high mountains
Climbs: Col de la Colombière, Col des Aravis, Col des Saises, Col de la Madeleine

Wednesday, July 14
Stage 10: Chambéry – Gap 179km medium mountains

Thursday, July 15
Stage 11: Sisteron – Bourg-lès-Valence 180km flat

Friday, July 16
Stage 12: Bourg-les-Péage – Mende 210km hilly

Saturday, July 17
Stage 13: Rodez – Revel 195km flat

Sunday, July 18
Stage 14: Revel – Ax 3 Domaines 184km high mountains
Climbs: Port de Pailhères, Ax-3-Domaines

Monday, July 19
Stage 15: Pamiers – Bagnères-de-Luchon 187km high mountains
Climbs: Col de Portet d’Aspet, Col des Ares, Port de Balès

Tuesday, July 20
Stage 16: Bagnères-de-Luchon – Pau 196km high mountains
Climbs: Col de Peyresourde, Col d’Aspin, Col du Tourmalet, Col du Soulor, Col d’Aubisque

Wednesday, July 21
Rest day, Pau

Thursday, July 22
Stage 17: Pau – Col du Tourmalet 174km high mountains
Climbs: Col de Marie-Blanque, Col du Soulor, Col du Tourmalet

Friday, July 23
Stage 18: Salies-de-Béarn – Bordeaux 190km flat

Saturday, July 24
Stage 19: Bordeaux – Pauillac individual time trial 51km

Sunday, July 25
Stage 20: Longjumeau – Paris Champs Elyseès 105km flat

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 Christian Prudhomme, Tour de France 2010 presentation

Tour director Christian Prudhomme unveils the route

Alberto Contador, Andy Schleck and Lance Armstrong, Tour de France 2010 presentation

Lance Armstrong, Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador at the presentation

Tour de France to honour centenary of the Tourmalet

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