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July 18, 2013

tour de france ….

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.

Stage profile

  • 10 flat stages,
  • 5 mountain stages,
  • 4 medium mountain stages,
  • 2 individual time-trial stages.

Distinctive Aspects

  • 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

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