Tour de France 2017 route The Tour de France 2017 will continue the trend of recent years with a Grand Départ outside of France.

The race will start in Dusseldorf, Germany on Saturday July 1, with an individual time trial of 13.8km.

Dates: July 1-23, 2017
Stages:
21
Grand Départ:
Dusseldorf, Germany
Finish:
Paris, France
TV coverage (UK):
Eurosport, ITV4

This opening stage will give time trial specialists with no overall aspirations the chance to pull on the yellow jersey, and will also set a benchmark for which GC contenders appear to have the best legs.

Defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) is an accomplished time triallist, so the opening time trial will be a chance for him to put some early time into the likes of Nairo Quintana (Movistar).

Chris Froome is an accomplished time triallist, good news for stage one of the 2017 Tour de France

However, anyone wishing to wear yellow into Paris three weeks later will be reluctant to take the overall lead this early on.

Adam Yates (Orica-Scott) was the stand-out performer in 2016 with his fourth place overall and victory in the young rider classification. However he won’t be on the start line in Düsseldorf having ridden the Giro d’Italia, with Orica-Scott backing twin brother Simon and Esteban Chaves at the Tour.

Alberto Contador put off his expected retirement to have one last crack at victory in the Tour de France, and after being forced out of the 2016 edition due to crashes and illness, he’ll be hungrier than ever for one last win to put him on the top step at a Grand Tour.



The route looks less mountainous than 2016, which could further suit Froome, but the three-time winner hasn’t enjoyed his usual stellar start to the year, and has been vulnerable to ambushes in the past.

A tactical howler from Team Sky at the 2016 Vuelta a España saw the British rider lose more time to Quintana on one stage than he lost by in total by the end of the race.

The organisers have been open about the fact that the 2017 Tour de France route has been designed to encourage attacking racing, which was lacking in 2016 – with the exception of Romain Bardet’s (Ag2r La Mondiale) brilliant ride in the final week to take second overall.

Romain Bardet riding to victory on stage 19 of the 2016 Tour de France. Photo: Graham Watson

In news that will please spectators more than commentators, each and every one of the Tour de France’s 21 stages will be shown live from start to finish in 2017.

For the first time since it launched in 2014, La Course by Le Tour de France will be held away from the Champs-Élysées in Paris. The women’s peloton will ride part of the men’s stage 18, which is also where L’Étape du Tour sportive will take place.

The women’s race will not reach the same summit as the men’s race or the amateur sportive, which has led to criticism from some fans.

Key info: 2017 Tour route | Start list | TV guide | Past winners | Brief history | Jerseys | Brits in the Tours

Previous editions: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010

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