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2013 Tour de France Route - Video Review
By Mark Sharon
Date: 11/19/2012
2013 Tour de France Route - Video Review

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Tour de France 2013 Route worthy of the 100th edition of the race

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.

The film below gives outlines the route. It also contains an interview with Team Sky's Chris Froome is hotly tipped as a potential winner.

It is the first time since 2003 that the Tour de France will comprise a French only route. The race starts on June 29th with the first of three days on the island of Corsica, birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. This is the Tour's first visit here and will provide a spectacular backdrop to what will be one of the toughest starts to a Tour.

After a ferry ride to the mainland the peloton faces a 29km team time trial in Nice. The route then takes the riders across the south of France into the Pyrenees. The highlight is arguably stage 9 from Saint Girons to Bagneres de Bigorre - 165km but taking in five major climbs including the 1569m Col de Peyresourde.

After a rest day the riders face a couple of days in the often windy northwest corner of France. A tough test will be stage 11, a 33km individual time trial that finishes at the foot of the spectacular Mont St Michel.

The route then heads diagonally back across the centre of the country towards the Alps. The cross-country trek culminates with the mammoth 242km stage 15 from Givors to the summit of Mont Ventoux. It's Bastille Day and France will be baying for a French win. They'll have to fend off a certain duo of Englishmen though - Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins.

After a well-need rest day in Vaucluse on July 15 the last act begins. Stage 17 on July 17th is a challenging individual time trial 32km from Embrun to Chorges. Stage 18 will give the riders a case of double vision, with the profile comprising two ascents of Alpe d'Huez in one day.

It's still not over though. Stage 19 is a 204km behemoth from Bourg d'Oisans at the foot of Alpe d'Huez to Le Grand Bornand, while picturesque stage 20 starting in Annecy makes up for its short 125km length with its profile, especially the precipitous climb to the finish Annecy Semnoz.

The last scene plays out with the traditional finish in Paris. Mark Cavendish will be looking for his fifth straight win on the cobbles.

2012 Tour de France Route

Route of the 2013 Tour de France©Photo © Le Tour


June 29

Stage 1

Porto Vecchio - Bastia, 212km

June 30

Stage 2

Basta - Ajaccio, 154km

July 1

Stage 3

Ajaccio - Calvi, 145km

July 2

Stage 4

Nice - Nice, team time-trial, 25km

July 3

Stage 5

Cagnes sur Mer - Marseille, 219km

July 4

Stage 6

Aix en Provence - Montpellier, 176km

July 5

Stage 7

Montpellier - Albi, 205km

July 6

Stage 8

Castres - Ax 3 Domaines, 194km

July 7

Stage 9

St Girons-Bagneres de Bigorre, 165km

July 8

Rest Day

Rest day in St Nazaire

July 9

Stage 10

St Gildas des Bois - St Malo, 193km

July 10

Stage 11

Avranches - Mont St Michel, individual time trial, 33km

July 11

Stage 12

Fougeres - Tours, 218km

July 12

Stage 13

Tours - St Amand Montrond, 173km

July 13

Stage 14

St Pourain sur Sioule - Lyon, 191km

July 14

Stage 15

Givors - Mont Ventoux, 242km

July 15

Rest Day

Rest day in the Vaucluse department

July 16

Stage 16

Vaison la Romaine-Gap, 168km

July 17

Stage 17

Embrun-Chorges, individual time trial, 32km

July 18

Stage 18

Gap - Alpe d'Huez, 168 km

July 19

Stage 19

Bourg d'Oisans - Le Grand Bornand, 204km

July 20

Stage 20

Annecy - Annecy Semnoz, 125km

July 21

Stage 21

Versailles-Paris Champs-Élysées, 118km

Link: Le Tour Official Website

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