Explore Corsica by Le Tour de France sportive launched for 2017

The four stage event will take place in May 2017 on the Mediterranean island

Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), the organiser of the Tour de France has teamed up with Carma Sport to organise a new sportive on the island of Corsica.

The four stage sportive, which runs from Thursday May 25 to Sunday May 28, aims to explore the French region and give riders the chance to discover its stunning scenery.

The 2013 Tour de France started on Corsica and this event is being launched as a legacy of the race’s visit.

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Sportivistes can cover some of the same roads the pros used, plus plenty more besides, over the four days. The ride covers a total of 417km and climbs a huge 7400 metres.

Despite being a sportive, participants are timed and there will be daily classifications. The leading riders are given the opportunity to wear Tour jerseys, if they should wish to.

The event includes the level of support attendees will have come to expect, including medical and mechanical assistance, a marshalled route with safety cars and feed stations on the route.

The four stages of the Tour of Corsica sportive 2017

Stage 1: Thursday May 25

Around Cap Corse
Start and finish: Bastia
Distance: 100km
Elevation gain: 1,650m

Stage 2: Friday May 26

Bavella summit
Start and finish: Porto-Vecchio
Distance: 132km
Elevation gain: 2,450m

Stage 3: Saturday May 27

From one sea to another
Start: Porto-Vecchio
Finish: Propriano
Distance: 97km
Elevation gain: 1,850m

Stage 4: Sunday May 28

Crossing the Agriates desert
Start: Île-Rousse
Finish: Bastia
Distance: 88km
Elevation gain: 1,526m