16 years of Tour de France tales told on one fascinating map

The race's hotspots and cool corners laid bare as every stage is superimposed onto a single map

16 Tours de France on one map
(Image credit: Velowire)

The folk in the French regions of Centre Val de Loire and Charente must be starting to feel pretty neglected, because as this amazing map shows, the Tour de France hasn't paid them a visit in the last 16 years.

Put together by Velowire, the map superimposes all the Tour de France stages from 2008 to 2023 inclusive. It makes for a chaotic yet fascinating painting of the route designers' most and least favoured regions.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.