Tour de France 2021 route analysis: Who does the new route suit best?

A well balanced route for Tour de France 2021 could play into the hands stronger, diesel engine riders rather than the explosive climbers

Primož Roglič and Tadej Pogačar on stage 13 of the 2020 Tour de France (Yuzuru Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

At first glance, the route announced yesterday for the 2021 Tour de France looks like a very well-balanced design, one that favours no kind of rider in particular. The ratio of six mountainous stages to two time trials looks pretty standard, there is the usual generous helping of flat stages for the sprinters, and there are no nasty surprises like stages featuring cobblestones to throw a spanner in the works.

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Stephen Puddicombe is a freelance journalist for Cycling Weekly, who regularly contributes to our World Tour racing coverage with race reports, news stories, interviews and features. Outside of cycling, he also enjoys writing about film and TV - but you won't find much of that content embedded into his CW articles.