Everything you need to know about the stages of the 2018 Tour de France route

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Tour de France 2017 route

The 2017 Tour de France visited the Alps twice, with the Pyrénées sandwiched in between and a time trial on stage 20 to decide the overall winner.

Riders on the Tour de France start list faced a challenge in Dusseldorf, Germany, as the opening stage presented torrential downpour. The race visited Belgium and Luxembourg within the first four days before skirting down the east side of France until the first rest day.

A transfer to the Pyrénées awaited riders ahead of the second week before the race headed back across the Massif Central into the Alps for a second time.

But the race wasn’t decided by a penultimate-stage summit finish like the past few editions, instead a time trial in Marseille sealed the deal for the yellow jersey, Chris Froome (Team Sky).

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The Tour de France 2017 route from Dusseldorf to Paris

 

Stages of the Tour de France 2017 Route

When? Where?  Distance  Type
Stage 1, July 1 ITT in Düsseldorf – report here 14km ITT
Stage 2, July 2 Düsseldorf – Liége/Luik – report here 203.5km Flat
Stage 3, July 3 Verviers  – Longwy – report here  212.5km Summit finish
Stage 4, July 4 Mondorf les Bains – Vittel – report here  207.5km Flat
Stage 5, July 5 Vittel – La Planche des Belles Filles – report here 160.5km Summit finish
Stage 6, July 6 Vesoul – Troyes – report here  216km
Stage 7, July 7 Troyes – Nuits Saint Georges – report here  213.5km Flat
Stage 8, July 8 Dole – Station des Rousses – report here  187.5km Mountains
Stage 9, July 9 Nantua – Chambéry – report here  181.5km Mountains
July 10 Rest Day NA NA
Stage 10, July 11 Périgueux – Bergerac – report here 178km  Flat
Stage 11, July 12 Eymet – Pau – report here 203.5km  Flat
Stage 12, July 13 Pau – Peyragudes – report here 214.5km Mountains
Stage 13, July 14 Saint Girons – Foix – report here 101km Mountains
Stage 14, July 15 Blagnac – Rodez – report here  181.5km
Stage 15, July 16 Laissac Sévérac l’Église – Le Puy en Velay – report here 189.5km Hilly
July 17 Rest Day NA NA
Stage 16, July 18 Le Puy en Velay – Romans sur Isère – report here  165km
Stage 17, July 19 La Mure – Serre Chevalier – report here 183km Mountains
Stage 18, July 20 Briançon – Col d’Izoard – report here 179.5km Mountains
Stage 19, July 21 Embrun – Salon de Provence – report here 222.5km Flat
Stage 20, July 22 ITT in Marseille – report here 22.5km ITT
Stage 21, July 23 Montgeron – Paris – report here 103km Flat

 

The Tour de France route 2017: stage by stage

Full information and stage profiles for each day of the 2017 Tour.

Stage one: Düsseldorf (DE) 14km ITT

It was announced before the 2016 Tour de France that the grand départ for the 2017 edition will take place on German soil in the city of Düsseldorf. This first stage will comprise of a short time trial, similar to that of the 2015 race, which started with a 13.8km TT around Utrecht.

Stage two: Dusseldorf (DE) – Liège (BE), 203.5km

Stage two will also start in Düsseldorf, doing a small tour of the local area before heading out of town towards an unknown finish. The location of the city to the north west of Germany means we could be in for a stage finish in Belgium as the race heads towards France, with Liège – host of the 2012 Grand Départ – hosting the stage finish.

Stage three: Verviers (BE) – Longwy, 212.5km

As can be expected with a race through Belgium, the parcours is pretty lumpy and the general classification could be shaken up early in the race with an uphill finish. It’s no mountain climb, but the ascent to Longwy hits 11 per cent over its 1.6km, averaging 5.8 per cent. Expect to see the Classics specialists and GC favourites in contention at the end.

Stage four: Mondorf-les-Bains (LU) – Vittel, 207.5km

The small town of Mondorf les Basins is Luxembourg’s only thermal bath resort and is home to retired pro Andy Schleck and his brother Frank. From here riders will take on 207.5km to another bath city in Vittel, home to the water springs that made the company of the same name so successful.

Stage five: Vittel – La Planche des Belles Filles, 160.5km (Summit finish)

The Tour de France returns to La Planche des Belles Filles, the site of Chris Froome’s first Tour stage win. Could this be the place where the Team Sky leader takes the early lead in the race as the leaders get their first chance to test their legs.

Stage six: Vesoul – Troyes, 216km

The iconic town of Troyes has featured in the Tour eight times with its distinctive exposed timber buildings in the old town. Riders will finish here after a 216km ride from Vesoul, a city that was voted ‘the most athletic’ in France in 2001.

Stage seven: Troyes – Nuits-Saint-Georges, 213.5km

The region of Nuits-Saint-Georges plays host not only to the Tour de France this year but is renown for making some of the finest wines in the world. After 213.5km in the baking sun towards the mountains, who will be sipping the sweet liquor of a stage win and who will be harvesting the grapes of wrath?

Stage eight: Dole – Station des Rousses, 187.5km (Summit finish)

A lumpy stage is characterised by two categorised climbs in the final third of the day, culminating in an ascent to Station des Rousses.

Stage nine: Nantua – Chambéry, 181.5km (Mountains)

Starting at altitude in Nantua, the peloton faces a categorised climb from the gun up the Cote des Neyrolles, with the route also taking in the Col de la Binche and the Grand Colombier in the middle kilometres and the daunting Mont du Chat immediately before the descent into Chambéry.

Rest day in Dordogne

Riders will spend the day in Dordogne, a place known for it’s stunning valleys and historic castles that line the landscape.

Stage 10: Périgueux – Bergerac, 178km

Sitting on the Dordogne river, Bergerac is famous for more than being a 80s detective drama series of the same name, the town is known for both its wine and tobacco. Some struggling riders may relish the shorter stage.

Stage 11: Eymet – Pau, 203.5km

With the tour nearing the Pyrénées, sprinters will want to get a victory here even if it’s just to keep morale up for the upcoming climbs.

Stage 12: Pau – Peyragudes, 214.5km (Summit finish)

The race enters the Pyrénées from its traditional base, Pau, and as in 2016 the stage from the city will take in five categorised climbs, including the Col de Peyresourde immediately before the final climb to Peyregudes. The descent of the Peyresourde was the location of Chris Froome’s stage-winning attack in 2016, where he put 13 seconds into his rivals on stage eight.

Stage 13: Saint-Girons – Foix, 101km

The second Pyrénéean stage takes in three main climbs, including the Col d’Agnes and the Mur de Péguère before dropping down into Foix for the finish. At just 100km, this stage is the shortest mountain stage in Tour de France history and should be set up for some exciting racing.

Stage 14: Blagnac – Rodez, 181.5km

The Tour returns to Rodez, having previously visited in 2015 as the race began its migration across to the Alps. Greg Van Avermaet continued Peter Sagan‘s run of second-place finishes in that edition, beating the green jersey wearer in sweltering heat on an uphill finish.

Stage 15: Laissac-Sévérac L’Eglise – Le Puy-en-Velay, 189.5km

The first category climb on the Tour’s 15th stage will favour a breakaway, particularly with riders happier to spend a bit more energy with the prospect of a rest day on the horizon. With some tough days to come, this stage is unlikely to shape the GC in any dramatic fashion.

Rest day in Le Puy-en-Velay

Known for its lace-making, lentils and its cathedral, riders will be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of a town that has played host to historic figures such as Charlemagne and his grandson, Charles the bald.

Stage 16: Brioude – Romans-sur-Isère, 165km

Brioude will be the start of stage 16 on this year’s Tour de France route, as it was back in 2008 where Luis Leon Sanchez crossed the line in Aurillac in first after counter-attacking on the final descent 9km out.

Stage 17: La Mure – Serre Chevalier, 183km

The first stage in the second visit to the Alps sees the iconic climb of the Col du Galibier as the penultimate ascent of the day.

Starting in La Mure, the peloton traverses the Col d’Ornon, the Col de la Croix de Fer and the Col du Télégraphe. The rider leading the stage at the top of the Galibier will be awarded the Prix Henri Desgrange, as the race passes its highest point.

Stage 18: Briançon – Col d’Izoard, 178km (Summit finish)

A little bit of history for the 104th edition as the race finishes for the first time on the Col d’Izoard. The mountain has featured 34 times since 1922, but never has as stage finished on the climb. Interestingly, the Tour’s women’s race, La Course, will be contested on the Col d’Izoard this year – the first time in its four year history it has not taken place on the cobbles of the Champs-Élysées.

Stage 19: Embrun – Salon-de-Provence, 222.5km

Shunning the tradition of recent years, stage 19 heads out of the mountains and towards the Provence region. A rolling stage may not shake up the general classification too much, though, as the riders prepare themselves for the following day’s time trial.

Stage 20: Marseille ITT, 22.5km

Penultimate stage time trials are not uncommon for the Tour de France, with the last being in 2014, although it’s not often that the race heads south for the final stage before Paris.

You can’t get much further south than Marseille, where the deciding time trial will take place, with a long transfer for riders and staff up to the outskirts of Paris.

Stage 21: Montgeron – Paris, 103km

For the 42nd consecutive edition, the Tour de France will finish on the Champs-Élysées, where the fast men will battle it out for the ‘unofficial sprinters’ World Championship’ and the race leader will be crowned the winner.

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  • FLS

    Well done indeed. Armstrong deserves every direct and indirect slam thrown at him…And what?

  • Chris Williams

    Stage one goes past the west of my house and the 3rd stage the north so can go and see on bike with no effort. Oh yes what ever plonker writes for CW – Stage 3 does not start in GranDville

  • Ron Kite

    Anybody know the road route and times for last stage TDF

  • kees kroket

    well salbutamol wasn’t explicitly forbidden when used for medical reasons. Or shall we convict Froome 20 years later for using substances that are allowed for medical reasons.

  • David Bassett

    Well done Cycling Weekly for starting this article yet again with lets slam Lance, “Chris Froome will face as he aims to become the first rider to defend their Tour title since Miguel Indurain in 1995”. That would be the same Miguel Indurain who Tested
    positive for salbutamol in 1994,

  • Bob

    is anyone really bothered that there are no cobbles? I certainly aren’t, it can add too much of a lottery factor IMHO

  • Brian Turpin

    I think you mean “successfully defend” their tour title? Plenty of previous winners turn up to attempt successive victories but are unsuccessful.

  • ian franklin

    I wish they wouldn’t leak it in advance. It takes something away from the actual presentation.