Last night’s presentation of the 2013 Tour de France Route has given us many gems to ponder over the coming months;
From 29th June to 21st July 2013, the hundredth edition of the Tour de France will take the riders, support staff, spectators and viewers on a 3,360-km route that will remain exclusively within France’s borders. After a first stay in Corsica, the Big Loop will visit the country’s wonders and will providing the climbers in the pack with brand new challenges. After the final time-trial, there will still be 615 kilometres of road to cover before the finishing line, in particular a double ascent of the Alpe d’Huez climb! — www.letour.fr
* Stage 1 – The Tour gets underway in Corsica on June 29
* Two individual time trials, significantly shorter than in 2012 being just 32km and 33km
* Stage 15 – A summit finish at Mont Ventoux on Bastille Day
* Stage 18 – we see l’Alpe d’Huez twice. OUCH!
* Stage 21 – the Champs-Elysees as night falls, with the stage finish in Paris set for 9:45PM