Tour de France
1st to 23rd July 2017
STOP PRESS: 2017 route is announced
There are ample opportunities during the first 3 weeks in July to do a bespoke trip of any length to see stages and to ride your bike in amazing places. Have a look at the itinerary below and plan your own trip. Prices on request.
Just being around the greatest single sporting event on the planet every year is like nothing else, and to be able to combine it with riding your bike in beautiful places is highly recommended. We have considerable experience in helping people get as close as possible to the cycling action and to ride great routes when they're not watching the pro's do their thing. So, whether it is in the streets of Dusseldorf, where the 2017 Grand Départ takes place or on and around the iconic climbs of the Alps or Pyrenees, then get in touch and we can help you plan a bespoke trip to suit you.
To give you an idea of just how close it's possible to get, below is a montage of our own pics from our trip this Summer. You can see Cav on his only ever day in the yellow jersey, Sagan also in yellow with rainbow stripes, Froomey, G, Yates, Quintana & co. from this year's Grand Départ weekend trip:
The 2017 route:
Stage one: Düsseldorf (DE) 13.8km ITT
It was announced before the 2016 Tour de France that the grand départ for the 2017 edition will take place on German soil in the city of Düsseldorf. This first stage will comprise of a short time trial, similar to that of the 2015 race, which started with a 13.8km TT around Utrecht.
Stage two: Dusseldorf (DE) – Liège (BE) 202km
Stage two will also start in Düsseldorf, doing a small tour of the local area before heading out of town towards an unknown finish. The location of the city to the north west of Germany means we could be in for a stage finish in Belgium as the race heads towards France, with Liège – host of the 2012 Grand Départ – hosting the stage finish.
Stage three: Verviers (BE) – Longwy 202km
As can be expected with a race through Belgium, the parcours is pretty lumpy and the general classification could be shaken up early in the race with an uphill finish. It’s no mountain climb, but the ascent to Longwy hits 11 per cent over its 1.6km, averaging 5.8 per cent. Expect to see the Classics specialists and GC favourites in contention at the end.
Stage four: Mondorf-les-Bains (LU) – Vittel 203km
Stage five: Vittel – La Planche des Belles Filles 160km (Summit finish)
The Tour de France returns to La Planche des Belles Filles, the site of Chris Froome’s first Tour stage win. Could this be the place where the Team Sky leader takes the early lead in the race as the leaders get their first chance to test their legs.
Stage six: Vesoul – Troyes 216km
Stage seven: Troyes – Nuits-Saint-Georges 214km
Stage eight: Dole – Station des Rousses 187km (Summit finish)
A lumpy stage is characterised by two categorised climbs in the final third of the day, culminating in an ascent to Station des Rousses.
Stage nine: Nantua – Chambéry 181km (Mountains)
Starting at altitude in Nantua, the peloton faces a categorised climb from the gun up the Cote des Neyrolles, with the route also taking in the Col de la Binche and the Grand Colombier in the middle kilometres and the daunting Mont du Chat immediately before the descent into Chambéry.
Rest day in Perigueux
Stage 10: Périgueux – Bergerac 178km
Stage 11: Eymet – Pau 202km
Stage 12: Pau – Peyragudes 214km (Summit finish)
The race enters the Pyrénées from its traditional base, Pau, and as in 2016 the stage from the city will take in five categorised climbs, including the Col de Peyresourde immediately before the final climb to Peyregudes. The descent of the Peyresourde was the location of Chris Froome’s stage-winning attack in 2016, where he put 13 seconds into his rivals on stage eight.
Stage 13: Saint-Girons – Foix 100km
The second Pyrénéean stage takes in three main climbs, including the Col d’Agnes and the Mur de Péguère before dropping down into Foix for the finish. At just 100km, this stage is the shortest mountain stage in Tour de France history and should be set up for some exciting racing.
Stage 14: Blagnac – Rodez 181km
The Tour returns to Rodez, having previously visited in 2015 as the race began its migration across to the Alps. Greg van Avermaet continued Peter Sagan‘s run of second-place finishes in that edition, beating the green jersey wearer in sweltering heat on an uphill finish.
Stage 15: Laissac-Sévérac L’Eglise – Le Puy-en-Velay 189km
Rest day in Le Puy-en-Velay
Stage 16: Brioude – Romans-sur-Isère 165km
Stage 17: La Mure – Serre Chevalier 183km
The first stage in the second visit to the Alps sees the iconic climb of the Col du Galibier as the penultimate ascent of the day. Starting in La Mure, the peloton traverses the Col d’Ornon, the Col de la Croix de Fer and the Col du Télégraphe. The rider leading the stage at the top of the Galibier will be awarded the Prix Henri Desgrange, as the race passes its highest point.
Stage 18: Briançon – Col d’Izoard 178km (Summit finish)
A little bit of history for the 104th edition as the race finishes for the first time on the Col d’Izoard. The mountain has featured 34 times since 1922, but never has as stage finished on the climb. Interestingly, the Tour’s women’s race, La Course, will be contested on the Col d’Izoard this year – the first time in its four year history it has not taken place on the cobbles of the Champs-Elysées.
Stage 19: Embrun – Salon-de-Provence 220km
Shunning the tradition of recent years, stage 19 heads out of the mountains and towards the Provence region. A rolling stage may not shake up the general classification too much, though, as the riders prepare themselves for the following day’s time trial.
Stage 20: Marseille ITT 23km
Penultimate stage time trials are not uncommon for the Tour de France, with the last being in 2014, although it’s not often that the race heads south for the final stage before Paris. You can’t get much further south than Marseille, where the deciding time trial will take place, with a long transfer for riders and staff up to the outskirts of Paris.
Stage 21: Montgeron – Paris 100km
For the 42nd consecutive edition, the Tour de France will finish on the Champs-Elysées, where the fast men will battle it out for the ‘unofficial sprinters’ World Championship’ and the race leader will be crowned the winner.
Read more at http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/racing/tour-de-france/tour-de-france-route-192041#h4Ci53p1IChiy3QV.99
A sample itinerary, taken from our Grand Départ long weekend to Normandy in 2016:
Follow the world’s greatest cycling event from its Grand Départ at Mont St Michel to the start of stage 3 in Granville, and ride every day in the region's sublime landscape. Travel in our 9-seater and bike trailer from Kent to Normandy, where we stay for 3 nights allowing you to also visit the D-Day landing beaches.
All abilities are welcome and can be catered for, whether it's 30km leisure rides or 100km+ high tempo training rides.
Friday - 1st July
Depart UK via the Tunnel and drive to Ouistreham, where we stop at the famous D-Day landmark, Pegasus Bridge for a picnic lunch. After a lunch, we can get the bikes from the trailer and head west on a D-Day Coastal Ride from Sword to Juno to Gold beach. Ride to and check in to our hotel near Bayeux where we'll be based for 3 nights.
Saturday - 2nd July
The day of Le Grand Départ: Depending on weather and timings, we can drive or ride to Mont St Michel to get close to the start of the biggest race in the world. then after the razzamatazz we ride/drive back to hotel via the stage 1 arrival point at Utah Beach and then Omaha beach.
Sunday - 3rd July
Drive to the Cotentin peninsular to see Stage 2 pass by, and also to ride in this unique granite landscape to see Utah beach and Mére St Eglise and other D-Day sites. Drive back to hotel for supper.
Monday - 4th July
Return to UK, after a final Normandy ride and a final picnic lunch.
This trip will be limited to a maximum of 8 people, and includes transport for you and your bikes from Kent or SE London, meals and accommodation throughout the week.
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