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Guide to the Tour de France 2017

Tour de France 2017 route announcement

18th October 2016

Christian Prudhomme

Christian Prudhomme, by Josh Hallett, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The Tour de France 2017 route was today announced at a press conference in Paris by Christian Prudhomme. After the Grand Départ in Duesseldorf, the race heads for the Vosges, then the Jura, with a climb of the Grand Colombier. It takes in the Pyrenees, including a climb of the Col de Peyresourde, and the Alps, with finishes at the Col d'Izoard and Serre Chevalier. A time trial in Marseille, the day before the finish in Paris, could be critical. Read about the Tour de France 2017 route announcement.

Stage 1, Tour de France 2017, Duesseldorf time trial

Rheinturm, Duesseldorf

Rheinturm, Duesseldorf, by Nils Haberland, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The Tour de France 2017 gets under way with a 13km time trial from Messe Duesseldorf, along the bank of the river Rhein, along Königsallee, past the Altstadt, and back by the river to the start/finish line. This is a chance for the time trial specialists to take the yellow jersey. Read about Stage 1, Tour de France 2017.

Stage 2, Tour de France 2017, Duesseldorf to Liège

Meuse river, Liège

River Meuse at Liège, by Stephane Mignon, Licence CC BY 2.0

Stage 2 starts in Duesseldorf (Germany), and begins with a loop east to Erkrath and the Neander valley. It then returns via Mettmann and Ratingen to Duesseldorf, before heading west south west to Belgium, for a finish in Liège. It's a flat stage, so it is likely to result in a bunch sprint, but whether the 10s time bonus will be enough for the winner to take the yellow jersey will depend on the time gaps after the Stage 1 time trial. Read about Stage 2, Tour de France 2017.

Grand Départ 2017

Radschläger, Duesseldorf

Radschläger, Uerige Brewery, Duesseldorf, by Alice Wiegand, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

The 2017 Tour de France begins in Duesseldorf, Nord Rhein-Westphalia. The German city stepped in at short notice after former Mayor of London Boris Johnson rejected the chance to host the event in the British capital at the last minute.

There's to be a progrmme of events in the build-up to the Grand Départ, then the team presentation takes place on Thursday 29th June 2017; official training is on Friday 30th June, and the Stage 1 time trial on Saturday  1st July gets the racing under way.

Read about the Grand Départ 2017.

Tour de France 2016 news

Tour de France 2016 news: Greipel wins Stage Twenty-One, Hosking wins La Course

24th July 2016

André Greipel

André Greipel, by Nicola, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

André Greipel won Stage 21 on the Champs-Elysées today, coming round Alexander Kristoff, to cross the line first. Froome finished safely, to confirm his overall win. Earlier, Chloe Hosking won the women's race, La Course. Read about Greipel wins Stage 21, Tour de France 2016.

Tour de France 2016 news: Izaguirre wins Stage Twenty, Froome assured of overall win

23rd July 2016

Ion Izaguirre

Ion Izaguirre, by Katie Chan, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Ion Izaguirre won Stage 20 today, on a descent from the Col de Joux Plane to Morzine. Chris Froome finished safely with his teammates and the other favourites, to make certain of victory in Paris tomorrow. Read about Izaguirre wins Stage 20, Tour de France 2016.

More Tour de France 2016 news, including stage reports.

Stages of the Tour de France 2016

Stage 21, Tour de France 2016: Chantilly to Paris

Chris Froome in Paris on the 2013 Tour de France 

Chris Froome in Paris during the 2013 Tour de France, by Eric Salard, Flickr, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

Stage 21 is the traditional final stage of the  Tour de France, with the GC already settled, and a prestigious stage win on the Champs-Elysées at stake. The riders start north of Paris in Chantilly, and wend their way to the outskirts of the city, before crossing the Seine to the Bois de Boulogne, then entering Paris via the Porte Maillot. They pass the Arc de Triomphe, and descend via place de l'Alma and place Concorde to the Louvre. Here, they begin 8 complete tours of the finishing circuit, up the Champs-Elysées, and back down to the Louvre via place de l'Alma. The ninth time over the line (part way up the Champs-Elysées) is the important one, which will determine the stage winner. Read about Stage 21, Tour de France 2016.

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