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Tour de France 2016 route announcement

18th October 2016

Christian Prudhomme

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

The outline of the route of the Tour de France 2017 was announced at a press conference at the Palais des Congrès in Paris today. This video shows the route:

As was already known, the Grand Départ 2017 is in Duesseldorf. The rest of the route was revealed in Paris. These are the 21 stages of the 2017 edition of the race.

Stage 1, Tour de France 2017: Duesseldorf time trial (13km)

The race begins with a time trial in Duesseldorf on Saturday 1st July 2017, which will give the specialists against the clock an opportunity to take the yellow jersey.

Stage 2, Tour de France 2017: Duesseldorf to Liège (Belgium)

Stage 2 takes the riders out of Germany and to Liège, in Belgium, for a stage likely to suit the sprinters.

Stage 3, Tour de France 2017: Verviers (Belgium) via Luxembourg to Longwy

Stage 3 begins in Verviers, Belgium, and continues into Luxembourg, before making its way into France for a stage finish at Longwy - a chance for the puncheurs to take a win.

Stage 4, Tour de France 2017: Mondorf-les-Bains to Vittel

Stage 4 heads south to Vittel, known for its mineral water.

Stage 5, Tour de France 2017: Vittel to La Planche des Belles Filles

This is the first mountain stage, heading from Vittel to a summit finish La Planche des Belles Filles, in the Vosges mountains and the Haute Saône département. Chris Froome scored his first Tour de France stage win here in 2012, and Vincenzo Nibali won on his way to overall victory in 2014.

Stage 6, Tour de France 2017: Vesoul to Troyes

Stage 6 is 216km from Vesoul to Troyes, via Charles de Gaulle's home village of Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises. The win is likely to be contested by the sprinters, but  the stage could be affected by crosswinds. 

Stage 7, Tour de France 2017: Troyes to Nuit-Saint-Georges

Another long stage (214km) takes the race into Burgundy wine country, with a finish at Nuit-Saint-Georges.

Stage 8, Tour de France 2017: Dôle to Station des Rousses

From Dôle, the riders head south east into the Jura, taking in some tough climbs on the way to a finish at the Station des Rousses.

Stage 9, Tour de France 2017: Nantua to Chambéry

Le Grand Colombier from the river Rhone

Stage 9 is a hard day in the Jura, starting in Nantua, and taking in the Grand Colombier (climbed from Virieu-le-Petit, with a 22% gradient on one section of the ascent), and the Mont du Chat. There's 4600m of climbing altogether, and the race ends in Chambéry.

Stage 10, Tour de France 2017: Périgueux to Bergerac

After the first rest day, Stage 10 is in the west of France, taking in the Lascaux caves, famous for their prehistoric cave paintings, and ending in Bergerac.

Stage 11, Tour de France 2017: Eymet to Pau

With the Pyrenees looming, this is a chance for the sprinters on a 202km trek from Eymet to Pau.

Stage 12, Tour de France 2017: Pau to Peyragudes

Col de Peyresourde sign

Col de Peyresourde milepost, by Stephen Colebourne, Flickr, Licence CC BY 2.0

Stage 12 is a proper Pyrenean mountain day, featuring several climbs, including the Port de Balès and the Col de Peyresourde, and ending up on the runway of the altiport at Peyragudes.

Stage 13, Tour de France 2017: Saint-Girons to Foix

This short, sharp race on Bastille Day is just 100km of racing in the Pyrenees. It features lesser-known, steep climbs, and will be raced in about 3 hours.

Stage 14, Tour de France 2017: Blagnac to Rodez

From Blagnac, known for its Airbus factory, the riders head via the Aveyron to Rodez.

Stage 15, Tour de France 2017: Laissac-Sévérac-l'Eglise to Le-Puy-en-Velay

This 189km stage takes the riders into the Auvergne (part of the Massif Central).

Stage 16, Tour de France 2017: Le-Puy-en-Velay to Romans-sur-Isère

Starting out from Le-Puy-en-Velay, the race heads via the Ardèche and Rhône valley to a probable sprint finish in the picturesque town of Romans-sur-Isère.

Stage 17, Tour de France 2017: La Mûre to Serre-Chevalier

Stage 17 is in the southern Alps, taking in the Col de Croix de Fer, the Maurienne valley, the Col du Télégraphe, and Valloire, to finish in the ski resort of Serre Chevalier. 

Stage 18, Tour de France 2017: Briançon to Izoard

Again in the southern half of the French Alps, Stage 18 goes on a loop heading south from Briançon, then back northwards, taking in a climb of the Col de Vars, and finshing with the ascent of the Col d'Izoard. 

La Course by Le Tour, the women's race, will take place over the final 67km of the route of Stage 18. 

This is the route of the Etape du Tour 2017 (reservations open Friday 21st October 2016). This video shows the Etape du Tour route:

Stage 19: Embrun to Salon-de-Provence

The race now goes further south to Provence, specifically from Embrun to the town of Salon-de-Provence (known as the base of the Patrouille de France, the French army's aerial aerobatics squad, and as the town where Nostradamus lived).

Stage 20, Tour de France 2017: Marseille time trial

Marseille roofs

Marseille roofs, by Martin Fisch, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

This 23km time trial in the southern city of Marseille could very well shake up the overall standings the day before Paris. It will start from the Stade Vélodrome - the ground of the local football team, Olympique Marseille, and go on a route which will include the Corniche road, the Vieux Port, and a climb to the Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde Cathedral, before finishing back at the football ground.

Stage 21, Tour de France 2017: Montgeron to Paris Champs-Elysées

The final stage of the 2017 Tour de France is 105km. It starts in Montgeron, where the first Tour de France began in 1903. As usual, it will be largely ceremonial until the finishing circuit in the centre of Paris. The riders approach Paris from the south, and go along boulevard des Maréchaux and the Esplanade des Invalides, before going through the inside of the Grand Palais exhibition building. 

Stage 21 starts about 4pm. The finishing circuit will be the familiar one, going around the Arc de Triomphe, with the finish line part-way up the Champs-Elysées.

At the press conference, Christian Prudhomme also said that the bonus seconds for the first, second, and third place stage finishers will be as last year - 10s, 6s, and 4s. To make the racing more or exciting, and less stifled, he would like authorisation from the UCI to have one less rider per team (eight riders per team instead of nine).

Chris Froome and the other top riders were present at the Tour de France 2017 route announcement.

Froome said: 'It's definitely going to be a climber's race from what I can tell. It's very light on time trial kilometres, but that's all part of the race, and that's something I'm going to have to focus my training on, being the best I can be on the climbs. Certainly, from my first reaction there were quite a few stages going up over 2000m. The Izoard goes up to 2300m; that's going to be an absolute beast of a stage. Initial feelings are that it's going to be a race that is won or lost in the mountains. Of course, it's the Tour, and anything can happen, so we have to be ready for all eventualities.'

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Stage by stage guide to the Tour de France 2017

Romans-sur-Isère seen from Bourg-de-Péage

View of Romans-sur-Isère from Bourg-de-Péage, by Enneite, Flickr, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The 2017 Tour de France begins in Duesseldorf, Germany, and also visits Belgium and Luxembourg on Stages 2 and 3. 

It tackles the Vosges, then the Jura, before a transfer to the south west, and the Dordogne. After that, there are two stages in the Pyrenees, then a transition to the Massif Central.

Next up is the fifth and final of France's mountain ranges, the Alps. Then there's just time for a visit to Provence, and Marseille, France's second city, for a time trial, before the final transfer to Paris for the traditional Champs-Elysées sprint.

Read a stage by stage guide to the Tour de France 2017.

Grand Départ 2017, Duesseldorf

Rheinturm, Duesseldorf

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

The Grand Départ 2017 takes place in Duesseldorf. The German city stepped in at short notice after London Mayor Boris Johnson cancelled the UK capital's bid. 

There'll be a programme of events and festivities leading up to the Tour, the team presentation on Thursday 29th June 2017, and team training on Friday 30th June. The Stage 1 time trial is on Saturday 1st July; Stage 2 starts in Duesseldorf, makes a loop through the Neander Valley, then comes back to Duesseldorf, before making its way west to Mönchengladbach, then to Belgium, and the stage finish in Liège. 

Read about the Grand Départ 2017.

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