distances …. tour de France
- The Tour originally ran around the perimeter of France
- Night riding was dropped after the second Tour in 1904, when there had been persistent cheating when judges could not see riders.
- A succession of doping scandals in the 1960s.led the Union Cycliste Internationale to limit daily and overall distances and to impose rest days
- It was then impossible to follow the frontiers, and the Tour increasingly zig-zagged across the country, sometimes with unconnected days’ races linked by train, while still maintaining some sort of loop.
- The modern Tour typically has 21 daily stages and not more than 3,500 km (2,200 miles). The shortest Tour was in 1904 at 2,420 km, the longest in 1926 at 5,745 km.
- 10 flat stages,
- 5 mountain stages,
- 4 medium mountain stages,
- 2 individual time-trial stages.
- 4 mountain finishes,
- 2 rest days,
- 82 kilometres of individual time-trials,
- 19 Category 1, Category 2 and highest level passes will be climbed.
tour de france 2013 …….
|Stage||Date||Day’s route (towns, regions) and terrain||Length in Km.|
|1st Stage||Sat 29th June||Corsica: Porto-Vecchio – Bastia – relatively flat coastal plain||200 km|
|2nd Stage||Sun 30th June||Corsica: Bastia – Ajaccio – across the mountains of central Corsica||155 km|
|3rd Stage||Mon 1 July||Corsica: Ajaccio – Calvi – hilly terrain along Corsica’s rocky northwest coast||145 km|
|4th Stage||Tues 2 July||Nice – Nice – time trials (French Riviera)||25 km|
|5th Stage||Wed 3 July||Cagnes sur Mer – Marseille (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region) – hills and valleys||219 km|
|6th Stage||Thur 4 July||Aix en Provence – Montpellier (Languedoc-Roussillon) – flat with some hills||176 km|
|7th Stage||Fri 5 July||Montpellier (Languedoc-Roussillon) to Albi (Midi-Pyrénées)||205 km|
|8th Stage||Sat 6 July||Castres – Ax-trois-Domaines (Midi-Pyrénées)||194 km|
|9th Stage||Sun 7 July||Saint-Girons – Bagnères-de-Bigorre. (Midi-Pyrénées) Pyrenean mountain stage||165 km|
|Rest day||Mon 8 July||Saint Nazaire||none|
|10th Stage||Tue 9 July||Saint-Gildas-des-Bois (Pays de la Loire) – Saint-Malo (Brittany)||193 km|
|11th Stage||Wed 10 July||Avranches – Mont St Michel, (Normandy) individual time trial, 33km||33 km|
|12th Stage||Thur 11 July||Fougères (Brittany) – Tours (Région Centre)||218 km|
|13th Stage||Fri 12 July||Tours – Saint Amand Montrond (Région Centre) A generally flat leg, terminating in the town known as the centre of France.||173 km|
|14th Stage||Sat 13 July||Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule (Auvergne) – Lyon (Rhône-Alpes) Hilly stage across the Forez mountains –||191 km|
|15th Stage||Sun 14 July||Givors (Rhône-Alpes) – Mont-Ventoux – finishing with one of the classic climbs of the Tour de France.||242 km|
|Rest day||Mon 15 July||Rest day||none|
|16th Stage||Tues 16 July||Vaison-la-Romaine – Gap Hilly stage in the foothills of the Provence Alps and Luberon||168 km|
|17th Stage||Wed 17 July||Embrun – Chorges – Time trials||32 km|
|18th Stage||Thur 18 July||Gap – Alpe d’Huez – Mountainous. Summit finish in the Alps||168 km|
|19th Stage||Fri 19 July||Bourg d’Oisans – Le Grand Bornand – another Alpine stage||204 km|
|20th Stage||Sat 20 July||Annecy – Mont Semnoz (Rhône-Alpes) – mountainous course in the foothills of the Alps, with a summit finish.||125 km|
|Sun 21 July||Versailles– Paris (Ile de France) – Evening finish on the Champs Elysées|
Total length: 3360 km