Tour de France 2021 Route

TOTAL BEFORE HOMOLOGATION: 3 383 KM

The 108th Tour de France will feature a groundbreaking route with a double serving of double trouble. Contenders for the overall victory will have to be on high alert from the get-go, lest they choke on the two climbs up the Mûr-de-Bretagne, which will be tackled from a different side in the stage 2 finale. Ten days later, they will have to make another show of strength on the slopes of the Mont Ventoux. The Giant of Provence, which is making its first double appearance in a stage, will be tackled from two different sides before plunging down to Malaucène. In between these two key dates, the riders will have already faced new challenges, including four stages in the four departments that make up Brittany —from Brest to Fougères— riddled with hazards such as coastal winds and the hills of the Armorican Massif. The Signal d'Uchon, a recently discovered climb in the Morvan, will decide the stage to Le Creusot in its first appearance in the race.  

The return of the first-week individual time trial will provide an early indication of the pecking order, which the climbers will do their best to shake up in the two gruelling Alpine stages finishing in Le Grand Bornand and on the heights of Tignes, just before the first rest day.  

After that, the Pyrenees will dispel any remaining doubts in five action-packed duels in the high mountains, combining the brand-new, spectacular Col de Saint-Louis on the road to Quillan with absolute classics like the Peyresourde – Val Louron-Azet – Col du Portet and Tourmalet – Luz Ardiden sequences. It will be do or die for the kings of the mountains, who will have to grab every second they can if they are to fend off the toughest power riders in the 31 km romp through the vineyards of Saint-Émilion on the eve of the finish on the Champs-Élysées.  

While the destiny of the yellow jersey will probably be decided in south-western France, the fight for the green jersey will take place all over the country, with no fewer than seven stages likely to fall to the sprinters as long as their teammates can keep any breakaways on a tight leash. Stage hunters will also get numerous opportunities to thwart the peloton.


STAGE TYPE DATE START AND FINISH DISTANCE DETAILS
1  HILLY SAT 06/26/2021 BREST > LANDERNEAU 187 KM STAGE 1
2  HILLY SUN 06/27/2021 PERROS-GUIREC > MÛR-DE-BRETAGNE GUERLÉDAN 182 KM STAGE 2
3  FLAT MON 06/28/2021 LORIENT > PONTIVY 182 KM STAGE 3
4  FLAT TUE 06/29/2021 REDON > FOUGÈRES 152 KM STAGE 4
5  INDIVIDUAL TIME-TRIAL WED 06/30/2021 CHANGÉ > LAVAL ESPACE MAYENNE 27 KM STAGE 5
6  FLAT THU 07/01/2021 TOURS > CHÂTEAUROUX 144 KM STAGE 6
7  HILLY FRI 07/02/2021 VIERZON > LE CREUSOT 248 KM STAGE 7
8  MOUNTAIN SAT 07/03/2021 OYONNAX > LE GRAND-BORNAND 151 KM STAGE 8
9  MOUNTAIN SUN 07/04/2021 CLUSES > TIGNES 145 KM STAGE 9
-  REST DAY MON 07/05/2021 TIGNES REST 1
10  FLAT TUE 07/06/2021 ALBERTVILLE > VALENCE 186 KM STAGE 10
11  MOUNTAIN WED 07/07/2021 SORGUES > MALAUCÈNE 199 KM STAGE 11
12  FLAT THU 07/08/2021 SAINT-PAUL-TROIS-CHÂTEAUX > NÎMES 161 KM STAGE 12
13  FLAT FRI 07/09/2021 NÎMES > CARCASSONNE 220 KM STAGE 13
14  HILLY SAT 07/10/2021 CARCASSONNE > QUILLAN 184 KM STAGE 14
15  MOUNTAIN SUN 07/11/2021 CÉRET > ANDORRE-LA-VIEILLE 192 KM STAGE 15
-  REST DAY MON 07/12/2021 ANDORRE REST 2
16  HILLY TUE 07/13/2021 PAS DE LA CASE > SAINT-GAUDENS 169 KM STAGE 16
17  MOUNTAIN WED 07/14/2021 MURET > SAINT-LARY-SOULAN COL DU PORTET 178 KM STAGE 17
18  MOUNTAIN THU 07/15/2021 PAU > LUZ ARDIDEN 130 KM STAGE 18
19  FLAT FRI 07/16/2021 MOURENX > LIBOURNE 203 KM STAGE 19
20  INDIVIDUAL TIME-TRIAL SAT 07/17/2021 LIBOURNE > SAINT-EMILION 31 KM STAGE 20
21  FLAT SUN 07/18/2021 CHATOU > PARIS CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES 112 KM STAGE 21

France and Principality of Andorra will be on the menu of the 108th edition of the Tour. In France, 9 regions and 31 departments will be visited.

STAGES

  • 8 flat stages
  • 5 hilly stages
  • 6 mountain stages with 3 finishes at altitude (Tignes, Saint-Lary-Soulan col du Portet, Luz Ardiden)
  • 2 individual time-trial stages
  • 2 rest days
  • Stage 8 Vierzon > Le Creusot, 248 kms, will be the longest of the Tour since 2000 (Belfort > Troyes, 254,5 kms)

TIME-TRIAL

In 2021, there will be two individual timetrial stages which hadn’t occurred since 2017. Their total distance will be 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.

NOVELTIES

10 new stage cities or sites sites will appear on the map of the 2021 Tour on a total of 39:

  • Landerneau (finish stage 1)
  • Pontivy (finish stage 3)
  • Changé (start stage 5)
  • Vierzon (start stage 7)
  • Sorgues (start stage 11)
  • Malaucène (finish stage 11)
  • Quillan (finish stage 14)
  • Céret (start stage 15)
  • Pas de la Case (start stage 16)
  • Chatou (start stage 21)

MOUNTAIN RANGES

The Armorican mountains will get the ball rolling as soon as the Grand Départ in Brittany. Will then follow: the Massif Central, the Alps and the Pyrenees.
There will also be a first ever climb in the Morvan, le Signal d’Uchon.

BONUS SECONDS

They will distributed at the finish of each normal stage allowing the first three riders to gain 10, 6 and 4 seconds.

BONUS POINTS

They will be given at the summits of the 6 following climbs situated at strategic places of the course and will allow the first three riders to gain 8, 5 and 2 seconds (under the approval of the
Union cycliste internationale).

  • Stage 2: Mûr-de-Bretagne, first passage
  • Stage 7: Signal d’Uchon
  • Stage 8: Col de la Colombière
  • Stage 11: Mont Ventoux, second passage
  • Stage 14: Col de Saint-Louis
  • Stage 15: Col de Beixalis

These bonus points will have no incidence on the points classification.

Source: https://www.letour.fr/en/overall-route 
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