The course for the 104th Tour de France was unveiled by the organizers yesterday before an audience of almost 4,000 people at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, France. The Tour de France 2017 route includes two short individual time trials, fewer long mountain climbs than previously but includes several new climbs with much steeper gradients, similar to the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana.
The grand départ of 2017 had already been announced as Düsseldorf, Germany so it was the individual stage details that were presented, the 2017 Tour de France for the first time takes in stages in all five mountain ranges of France, the Vosges, Jura, Pyrenees, Central Massif and Alps.
The 2017 Tour de France will be raced over 21 stages from July 1-23, 2017, here’s a look week by week at the Tour de France 2017 route.
Week 1: The Tour de France 2017 gets underway with a 13km individual time trial around Düsseldorf where Australia’s Rohan Dennis will be trying for a repeat of his 2015 stage 1 win that saw him wear the first yellow jersey of the race. Stage 2 starts in Düsseldorf before leaving Germany to finish in Liège, Belgium. Stage 3 hosts the races first uphill finish to Longwy, France at an average gradient of 5.8 percent for 1.6km with sections of 11 percent. Stage 4 starts in Mondorf-les-Bains, Luxembourg and finishes back in Vittel, France. Stage 5 sees the GC favourites take on the first big summit finish to La Planche des Belles Filles where Vincenzo and Chris Froome have won in previous editions. Next there’s another sprint stage before two mountains stages, the first finishing at Station des Rousses in the Jura Mountains and the final stage before the first day is one for the pure climbers taking in the Grand Colombier and Mont du Chat with over 4,000 metres of climbing.
Week 2: After a plane trip across France and a rest day then two sprint stages racing heads into the Pyrenees with a summit finish at Peyragudes after climbing the Col de Peyresourde. Next up there is a very short 100km Pyrenees mountain stage on Bastille Day featuring the Col d’Agnes and the Mur de Péguère. There’s stage finishes in Rodez then Le Puy-en-Velay before rest day two.
Week 3: The final week starts with a medium mountain stage 17 finishing at Serre Chevalier, stage 18 heads back to the Alps with climbs of the Col de la Croix de Fer, the Col du Télégraphe and the Col du Galibier where the first rider over the top will be awarded the Prix Henri Desgrange. Stage 19 has the riders taking on the summit finish of the Col d’Izoard, then the next day a rolling medium mountain stage out of the Alps before the penultimate stage 20 individual time trial at Marseille raced over 23 kilometres.
The final stage is of course the traditional sprint finish on the Champs Elysees.
Tour de France 2017 GC Contenders
There is just over eight months before the 2017 Tour de France and while there’s a lot of training then racing to be done before the start here’s a look at the Tour de France 2017 odds of the top 10 riders.
Chris Froome 8/11
Nairo Quintana 4/1
Richie Porte 4/1
Alberto Contador 8/1
Fabio Aru 18/1
Adam Yates 18/1
Romain Bardet 20/1
Vincenzo Nibali 20/1
Tom Dumoulin 33/1
Esteban Chaves 55/1
Tour de France 2017 Stage Details
|Stage #||Date||Stage Details||Distance|
|Stage 1:||July 1||Dusseldorf – Individual Time Trial||13km|
|Stage 2:||July 2||Dusseldorf to Liege||202km|
|Stage 3:||July 3||Verviers to Longwy||202km|
|Stage 4:||July 4||Mondorf Led Bains to Vittel||203km|
|Stage 5:||July 5||Vittel to La Planche Des Belles Filles||160km|
|Stage 6:||July 6||Vesoul to Troyes||216km|
|Stage 7:||July 7||Troyes to Nuits-Saint-Georges||214km|
|Stage 8:||July 8||Dole Station Des Rousses||187km|
|Stage 9:||July 9||Natua to Chambery||181km|
|Rest Day 1||July 10||Dordogne|
|Stage 10||July 11||Periguex to Bergerac||178km|
|Stage 11||July 12||Eymet to Pau||202km|
|Stage 12||July 13||Pau to Peyragoudes||214km|
|Stage 13||July 14||Saint Girons to Foix||100km|
|Stage 14||July 15||Blagnac to Rodez||181km|
|Stage 15||July 16||Laissac to Severac L’Eglise Le Puy en Velay||189km|
|Rest Day 2||July 17||Le Puy-en-Velay|
|Stage 16||July 18||Le Puy en Velay to Romans Sur Isere||165km|
|Stage 17||July 19||La Mure to Serre Chevalier||183km|
|Stage 18||July 20||Briancon to Izoard||178km|
|Stage 19||July 21||Embrun to Salon de Provence||220km|
|Stage 20||July 22||Marseille – Individual Time Trial||23km|
|Stage 21||July 23||Montgeron to Paris||105km|