Tour de France 2021 route: Details of all the stages in the 108th edition

Here is the route for the 2021 Tour de France

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The 2021 Tour de France will feature four stages in Brittany to begin the race as well as two time trials, a double ascent of Mont Ventoux, and a visit to Andorra during the race.

The 108th edition of the Tour starts on June 26 in Brest in Brittany and stay in the region for four days before heading down through the centre of the country and reaching the Alps for the first set of mountain stages at the end of the first week of racing.

The Tour will then transition towards the Pyrenees through the south, stopping off at the legendary Mont Ventoux along the way, where riders will take on two sides of the mountain before a downhill finish. Riders will first tackle the climb from Sault, 22km long at 5.1 per cent average gradient, before the classic, tougher route up from Bedoin, 15.7km at 8.8 per cent, then descending down into the finish at Malaucène.

The riders will then face some gruelling stages in the Pyrenees and hop over the border into Andorra, where the race spends its second rest day. There are some old familiar climbs, including the Col du Tourmalet along the way, as well as some newer climbs with the second-ever inclusion of the Col de Portet following its introduction in 2018, a day won by Geraint Thomas.

The race then takes on its second time trial on the penultimate day of racing, a final test for the GC contenders, with organisers perhaps hoping for another dramatic final day showdown as we saw in this year’s edition when Primož Roglič lost the yellow jersey to Tadej Pogačar.

The race will conclude with its traditional run into Paris and the sprint finish on the Champs-Élysées on July 18.

Tour de France 2021 route

The 2021 Tour de France route
StageDateStartFinishDistanceTerrain
1June 26Brest Landerneau197.8kmFlat
2June 27Perros-GuirecMûr-de-Bretagne Guerlédan183.5kmHill-top finish
3June 28LorientPontivy183.9kmFlat
4June 29RedonFougères150.4kmFlat
5June 30ChangéLaval27.2kmITT
6July 1ToursChateuxroux160.6kmFlat
7July 2VierzonLa Creusot249.1kmHill-top finish
8July 3OyonnaxLe Grand Bornard150.8kmMountains
9July 4ClusesTignes144.9kmSummit finish
Rest dayJuly 5Tignes
10July 6AlbertvilleValence190.7kmFlat
11July 7SorguesMalaucène198.9kmMountains
12July 8Saint-Paul-Trois-ChâteauxNîmes159.4kmFlat
13July 9NîmesCarcassone219.9kmFlat
14July 10CarcassoneQuillan183.7kmMedium mountains
15July 11CéretAndorre-La-Vieille191.3kmMountains
Rest dayJuly 12Andorra
16July 13Pas de la CaseSaint-Gaudens169kmMedium mountains
17July 14MuretCol du Portet178.4kmSummit finish
18July 15PauLuz Ardiden129.7kmSummit finish
19July 16MourenxLibourne207kmFlat
20July 17LibourneSaint Emilion30.8kmITT
21July 18ChatouParis, Champs Élysées108.4kmFlat

Tour de France 2021 stages

Stage one: June 26, Brest to Landerneau, 197.8km

Stage one of the Tour de France 2021


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The first stage of the 2021 Tour de France has a sting in its tail with a finish to the top of the Côte de la Fosse aux Loups (3km at 5.7 per cent) which will see the puncheurs or the versatile sprinters have a chance at the first maillot jaune of the race. Deceuninck - Quick-Step's Julian Alaphilippe says he's dreaming of winning a Tour stage in the rainbow jersey, and the opening two days in Brittany almost seem tailor-made for the Frenchman.

Stage two: June 27, Perros-Guirec to Mûr-de-Bretagne Guerlédan, 183.5km

Stage two of the Tour de France 2021

The finish of stage two of the 2020 Tour de France
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Stage two will welcome back the Mûr-de-Bretagne at the finish, the steep climb known as the 'Alpe d'Huez of Brittany'. It will certainly suit the climbers with a fast kick, which is why Dan Martin was the last winner here in 2018. The riders will climb it twice, finishing at the top the second time up in another day that will suit the punchier riders in the peloton.

Stage three: June 28, Lorient to Pontivy, 182.9km

Stage three of the Tour de France 2021

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The sprinters will have their first real opportunity on the penultimate stage in Brittany which features a flat parcours from Lortient to Pontivy. Last year's green jersey winner Sam Bennett will be one of the favourites, as will Caleb Ewan, as Frenchman Arnaud Démare will provide stiff competition, and the more versatile sprinters, Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert and Peter Sagan will all be vying for the win.

Stage four: June 29, Redon to Fougères, 150.4km

Stage four of the Tour de France 2021

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The fourth and final stage in Brittany will once again be a flat run that should suit the sprinters. Mark Cavendish was the last winner when the race finished in Fougères in 2015. The Manxman was rumoured to be a possible last-minute inclusion for Deceuninck - Quick-Step before Bennett's fitness was confirmed. For the sprinters beaten on stage three, the pressure will already be on the very next day to turn their fortune around.

Stage five: June 30, Changé to Laval, 27.2km (ITT)

Stage five of the Tour de France 2021

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The race's first of two individual time trials should see the first real shake-up in GC with a fairly long 27.2km against the clock.

Geraint Thomas has welcomed the increase in flat time trial kilometres, where he says he'll be looking to gain time over the smaller climbers.

Primož Roglič will be looking to rectify his stage 20 TT performance from last year's Tour, where Tadej Pogačar overhauled his GC lead on La Planche des Belles Filles, but the elder Slovenian should have the upper hand on this course, right?

Stage six: July 1, Tours to Chateuxroux, 160.6km

Stage six of the Tour de France 2021

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After the individual time trial the sprinters will be back to the fore with a visit to Chateauxroux for the stage finish.

Caleb Ewan's aim for the season is to win a stage at each Grand Tour, and if he hasn't won already or doesn't manage it today, it'll be a long wait until stage 10 for his next opportunity.

Stage seven: July 2, Vierzon to La Creusot, 249.1km

Stage seven of the Tour de France 2021

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Stage seven is the longest stage of the 2021 Tour and the longest distance of any Tour stage in 21 years. If the 249.5km distance isn't enough of a test for all the riders, the 3,000m of elevation gain and the finish up the Signal d'Uchon (5.7km at 5.7 per cent) on the stage surely will be.

With a few tough days in the mountains coming up, today could be the first opportunity for a breakaway to contest the win - Thomas De Gendt time perhaps?

Stage eight: July 3, Oyonnax to Le Grand Bornard, 151km

Stage eight of the 2020 Tour de France

The race hits it's first proper mountain day on stage eight with a finish to Le Grand Bornard. This will be the third appearance of the finish which comes after the final climb of the Col de la Colombiere (7.5km at 8.5 per cent), with Julian Alaphilippe the last winner here in 2018.

Stage nine: July 4, Cluses to Tignes, 145km

Stage nine of the 2020 Tour de France

The riders take on the first summit finish of the Tour to Tignes, which features this year following the stage cancellation in 2019 because of landslides. With the four categorised climbs before the climb to Tignes, it'll be an attritional war over the 21.6km climb which doesn't boast huge gradients at an average of 5.6 per cent.

Rest day: Tignes

Stage 10: July 6, Albertville to Valence, 190.7km

Stage 10 of the Tour de France 2021

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The Tour de France leaves its brief stay in the Alps with a ride from Albertville to Valence for a likely sprint finish. It'll be a welcome introduction back to racing following the rest day with what's to follow on stage 11.

Stage 11: July 7, Sorgues to Malaucène, 199km

Stage 11 of the 2020 Tour de France

The legendary Mont Ventoux, the scene of so many classic Tour de France battles, returns to the race for the first time since 2016. There's no summit finish here this year however, but there is the tantalising prospect of two ascents of the Giant of Provence, one approaching from the town of Sault (24.3km at five per cent) and the second on the harder and traditional approach from Bedoin (15.7km at 8.8 per cent). The race will then finish in the town of Malaucene after a descent down the third road of Mont Ventoux.

Will we see attacks or will the GC contenders ride conservatively? We're not used to seeing a large group of the best guys go over the summit of Ventoux, but with two ascents the potential risk could outweigh the reward.

Stage 12: July 8, Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Nîmes, 159.4km

Stage 12 of the Tour de France 2021

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A bunch sprint is expected in Nîmes as the race begins its transition from Ventoux to the Pyrenees, a reward to the sprinters for hauling themselves over Ventoux not just once, but twice.

Stage 13:  July 9, Nîmes to Carcassone, 219.9km

Stage 13 of the Tour de France 2021

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The race picks up where it finished on stage 13 with another sprint finish expected to Carcassone after a long 220km southward, another carrot for the sprinters before the Pyrenees, after this only stage 19 and 21 remain for them.

Stage 14: July 10, Carcassone to Quillan, 184km

Stage 14 of the 2020 Tour de France

Stage 14 will be the first introduction into the Pyrenees for the riders with three categorised climbs en route to Quillan. The climbs may not be the huge summits of the Pyrenees proper, but they'll provide a launchpad for attacks and perhaps a chance for the breakaway to succeed.

Stage 15: July 11, Céret to Andorre-La-Vieille, 191.3km

Stage 15 of the Tour de France 2021

Stage 15 of the 2020 Tour de France
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The race leaves France for the only time into the principality of Andorra where there'll be four categorised climbs to take on before a downhill run to the finish in Andorre-La-Vieille. The Port d'Envillara (10.7km at 6.2 per cent) climb along the way will be the Souvenir Henri Desgrange (the race's highest point) at 2,408m in altitude. The race last visited Andorra in 2016 when Tom Dumoulin won to Andorra Arcalis.

Rest day: Andorra

Stage 16: July 13, Pas de la Case to Saint-Gaudens, 169km

Stage 16 of the Tour de France 2021

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After the second rest day we're unlikely to see a battle for yellow break out with the stage and climbs more likely to provide a chance for the breakaway to succeed. The GC contenders will look towards the following mountains in the Pyrenees to make a real difference.

Stage 17: July 14, Muret to Col du Portet, 178.4km

Stage 17 of the Tour de France 2021

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Stage 17 has a striking similarity to 2018's 65km stage that began with a grid start. Significantly longer, the route still takes on the Col de Peyresourde (13.2km at seven per cent) and the Col de Val Louren-Azet (7.4km at 8.3 per cent) before a finish to the top of the Col du Portet (16km at 8.7 per cent), the second use of this climb in Tour history.

Stage 18: July 15, Pau to Luz Ardiden, 127.7km

Stage 18 of the Tour de France 2021

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There's no rest for the peloton on stage 18 as the race takes on the Col du Tourmalet (17.1km at 7.3 per cent), the most used climb in Tour history, before a finish to Luz Ardiden (13.3km at 7.4 per cent) for the first time since 2011.

Stage 19: July 16, Mourenx to Libourne, 207km

Stage 19 of the Tour de France 2021

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As we leave the Pyrenees the sprinters will get one final chance before Paris to take a priceless victory, while the GC contenders will hope to recover ahead of the last big test of the race on stage 20.

Stage 20: July 17, Libourne to Saint Emilion, 30.8km (ITT)

Stage 20 of the Tour de France 2021

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Potentially hoping for a repeat of 2020's thrilling finale in the stage 20 time trial to Plance des Belles Filles, the 2021 Tour will once again finish it's racing in earnest with an effort against the clock. 

This time there's no massive climb at the end of the course, but at 30.8km there's more than enough distance for someone to leapfrog into the yellow jersey at the last opportunity.

Stage 21: July 18, Chatou to Paris, Champs-Élysées, 108.4km

Stage 21 of the Tour de France 2021

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The race concludes with it's traditional procession into Paris before a final bunch sprint on the Champs-Élysées.

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