2021 Tour de France Route Revealed
Race starts in Brittany and heads into the Alps with a double ascent of Mount Ventoux before heading into the Pyrenees
The 2021 Tour de France was revealed today in Paris and stream across the world.
The 2021 route is a purely French affair starting in Britainy and heading across the Massif Central into the high Alps south across Provence and into the Pyrenees.
There are 8 flat stages, 5 hilly stages, 6 mountain stages with 3 mountain finishes at altitude (Tignes, Saint-Lary-Soulan and Luz Ardiden). There are two individual time trial stages, a total distance of 58 kms, 27 kms between Changé and Laval Espace Mayenne on stage 5 and 31 kms between Libourne and Saint-Émilion on the occasion of stage 20.
Brest in Brittany will host the Grand Départ, with three further stages in the region including a hilltop finish at Mûr-de-Bretagne. The day will also feature La Course by le Tour de France where the women will also finish on the steep 'wall'. The first week features three stages for the sprinters in Pontivy, Fougères and Chateauroux.
As the race reaches the Alps, Stage 8 visits Le Grand-Bornand which features the Col de Romme and Col de la Colombière.
Stage 9 traverses the Col des Saisies, Col du Pré and the Cormet de Roselend before the long climb to the finish in Tignes, which was set to feature on stage 19 of the 2019 race before landslides saw a neutralisation mid-stage.
After the first rest day in the Alps, the route continues south into the Provence for a double ascent of Mount Ventoux and 4,500m of climbing. The race continues south with some flat sprinter stages before the Pyrenees and a mountain excursion into Andorra.
After the second rest day, the Tour continues across the Pyrenees with some legendary climbs including the Col du Portet, the Tourmalet and Luz Ardiden.
Stage 17 to Saint-Lary-Soulan, over 100 kilometres before taking on three major obstacles in a row: Peyresourde, Val Louron-Azet and to finish off, the 16-km climb at an average gradient close to 9% of the unforgiving Col du Portet. Big efforts required for what promises to be quite a show.
Stage 18 climbs up two giants of the Pyrenees: the Tourmalet and Luz Ardiden in the final uphill finish that will determine the GC lead before the final time trial on Stage 20.
The 30th edition of the Etape du Tour, the amateur stage of the Tour de France, takes place on 4 July 2021 in Nice. Amateurs will cover 175kms and just over 3,600m of climbing around Nice on the same course that saw Julian Alaphilippe ride to victory last August 30th.
VIDEO: 2021 Tour de France Route Presentation
2021 Tour de France Stages
|5||6/30/21||Changé||Laval (ITT)||27||Individual Time Trial|
|7||7/2/21||Vierzon||Le Creusot||248||Medium Mountain|
|8||7/3/21||Oyonnax||Le Grand Bornand||151||High mountain|
|9||7/4/21||Cluses||Tignes - Val Claret||145||High mountain|
|Rest Day 1||7/5/21|
|15||7/11/21||Ceret||Andorra la Vella||192||High mountain|
|Rest Day 2||7/12/21|
|17||7/14/21||Muret||St. Lary Soulan - Col de Portet||178||High mountain|
|18||7/15/21||Pau||Luz Ardiden||130||High mountain|
|20||7/17/21||Libourne||Saint-Emilion (ITT)||31||Individual Time Trial|
|21||7/18/21||Chatou||Paris - Champs-Elysees||112||Flat|