Tour de France 2014 – Le Tour

Tour de France 2014 – From Leeds to Paris Champs-Élysées:

The 101st Tour de France starts from Leeds in the U.K. on Saturday July 5th and finishes in Paris on Sunday, July 27th, 2014. This year’s race is made up of 21 stages covering a distance of 3,656 kilometres and will take us through

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Race Stage Profiles

  • 9 flat stages
  • 5 hill stages
  • 6 mountain staes with 5 altitude finishes
  • 1 individual time-trial stage
  • 2 rest days

Particular Features of TDF 2014:

It looks like we’ll be seeing lots of mountain views this year as there will be 25 mountain level two, level one or highest level mountain passes or summit finishes. The rides have been divided up as follows:

  • 1 in the Vosges
  • 3 in the Jura
  • 4 in the Swiss Jura
  • 6 in the Alps
  • 11 in the Pyrenees

- There are two individual time-trial stages this year and no team time-trial stage.
- There’s no punishing cobbled sections, so a sigh of relief for the riders!
- 9 new stage cities
- 2 rest days as usual

A Sightseeing Tour of France

For the many travellers (myself included) the Tour de France is a great opportunity to enjoy the sights of the different regions of France as we’ll probably never see them – from the vantage point of the FranceTV helicopter. The magnificent Tour coverage is rather like a travel show and this year there are 9 new stage towns to delight travellers:

Abbeville, Annonay Davézieux, Bellegarde-sur-Valserine, La Planche des Belles Filles, Peyragudes, Porrentruy, Samatan, Tomblaine, Visé

The selection of the above towns goes through a rigorous process. The town must be able to ensure that the peloton is able to arrive and depart under optimum conditions in terms of sporting entertainment and rider and public safety. There are lots of other practical considerations as well.

2014 Tour de France Latest News

This year’s casualties have started even before the start of Le Tour and so far, two of cycling’s favourites will not be racing:

Calling all Cycling Enthusiasts

Fancy yourself doing the Tour de France but can’t handle the 3-week punishing race? Don’t worry, you too can ride along part of the official 2012 Tour de France course and race along the Champs-Élysées on July 22nd. This 2hr 30 minutes guided bike ride is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to race on the Champs-Élysées just a few hours before the professionals enter Paris. Places are limited so book early to secure your place.

Le Tour Route

Sat – 05 July – Leeds > Harrogate
Sun – 06 July – York > Sheffield
Mon – 07 July – Cambridge > London
Tue – 08 July – Le Touquet-Paris-Plage > Lille Métropole
Wed – 09 July – Ypres > Arenberg Porte du Hainaut
Thu – 10 July – Arras > Reims
Fri – 11 July – Épernay > Nancy
Sat – 12 July – Tomblaine > Gérardmer La Mauselaine
Sun – 13 July – Gérardmer > Mulhouse
Mon – 14 July – Mulhouse > La Planche des Belles Filles
Tue – 15 July – Rest Day in Besançon – Stock up fridge day
Wed – 16 July – Besançon > Oyonnax
Thu – 17 July – Bourg-en-Bresse > Saint-Étienne
Fri – 18 July – Saint-Étienne > Chamrousse
Sat – 19 July – Grenoble > Risoul
Sun – 20 July – Tallard > Nimes
Mon – 21 July – Rest Day in Carcassonne
Tue – 22 July – Carcassonne > Bagnères-de-Luchon
Wed – 23 July – Saint-Gaudens > Saint-Lary Pla d’Adet
Thu – 24 July – Pau > Hautacam
Fri – 25 July – Maubourguet Pays du Val d’Adour > Bergerac
Sat – 26 July – Bergerac > Périgueux
Sun – 27 July – Evry > Paris Champs-Élysées

Vive Le Tour!

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