Tour de France 2009 depart map

Tour de France organisers ASO have released details of the 2009 Grand Départ of their race, which takes place in Monaco.

The principality will host a rolling 15-kilometre time-trial, based partly on the Formula One Grand Prix circuit. The next day, the Tour de France will head out of Monaco.

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Edward Pickering is a writer and journalist, editor of Pro Cycling and previous deputy editor of Cycle Sport. As well as contributing to Cycling Weekly, he has also written for the likes of the New York Times. His book, The Race Against Time, saw him shortlisted for Best New Writer at the British Sports Book Awards. A self-confessed 'fair weather cyclist', Pickering also enjoys running.