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2017 Race Info


THE ROUTE

Running from Saturday July 1st to Sunday July 23rd 2017, the 104th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,521 kilometres.

THESE STAGES HAVE THE FOLLOWING PROFILES:

  • 9 flat stages
  • 5 hilly stages
  • 5 mountain stages including altitude finishes (La Planche des Belles Filles, Peyragudes, Izoard)
  • 2 individual time-trials stages
  • 2 rest days

10 NEW SITES AND STAGE CITIES

Düsseldorf (1st stage and start of stage 2)
Mondorf-les-Bains (start of stage 4)
Nuits-Saint-Georges (finish of stage 7)
Nantua (start of stage 9)
Eymet (start of stage 11)
Laissac-Sévérac l’Église (start of stage 15)
Romans-sur-Isère (finish of stage 16)
La Mure (start of stage 17)
Izoard (finish of stage 18)
Salon-de-Provence (finish of stage 19)

FULL RACE MAP

For an image of the full route, click here

2016 STAGES DETAILS

Stage Date - July Start and Finish Distance Images
1 Sat, 1 Düsseldorf > Düsseldorf 14km TBC
2 Sun, 2 Düsseldorf > Liège 206km TBC
3 Mon, 3 Verviers > Longwy 202km
TBC
4 Tues, 4 Mondorf-les-Bains > Vittel 203km TBC
5 Wed, 5 Vittel > La planche des belles filles 160km TBC
6 Thurs, 6 Vesoul > Troyes 216km TBC
7 Fri, 7 Troyes > Nuits-Saint-Georges 214km TBC
8 Sat, 8 Dole > Station des rousses 187km TBC
9 Sun, 8 Nantua > Chambéry 181km TBC
R Mon, 10 ADordogne(Rest Day)

10 Tues, 11 Périgueux > Bergerac 178km TBC
11 Wed, 12 Eymet > Pau 202km TBC
12 Thurs, 13 Pau > Peyragudes 214km
TBC
13 Fri, 14 Saint-Girons > Foix 100km
TBC
14 Sat, 15 Blagnac > Rodez 181km TBC
15 Sun, 16 Laissac-Sévérac l'Église > Le Puy-en-Velay 189km TBC
R Mon, 17 Le Puy-en-Velay (Rest Day)

16 Tues, 18 Le Puy-en-Velay > Romans-sur-Isère 165km TBC
17 Wed, 19 La Mure > Serre-Chevalier 183km TBC
18 Thurs, 20 Briançon > Izoard 178km TBC
19 Fri, 21 Embrun > Salon-de-Provence 220km TBC
20 Sat, 22 Marseille > Marseille 23km TBC
21 Sun, 23 Montgeron > Paris Champs-Élysées 105km TBC


THE TEAMS

TBA


WHAT IS THERE TO WIN?

THE STAKES

In the pack of 198 riders, there are many different objectives, depending on the temperament, qualities and missions of each rider. The most collective of individual sports involves the majority of them in multi-layered strategies. The distinctive jerseys and other goals to be achieved during the 3 weeks of racing are listed below.

Stage victories

The 21 stages of Le Tour 2014 are divided up as follows: 9 flat stages, 5 hilly stages, 6 mountain stages with 5 high-altitude finishes, and 1 individual time-trial stage.
The stage victory has been sponsored by Powerbar.

The Yellow Jersey

It is worn by the leader of the general individual time classification.
The Yellow Jersey has been sponsored by LCL since 1987.

The Green Jersey

It is worn by the leader of the points classification. The points are won on the intermediate sprints and at the stage.
The Green Jersey has been sponsored by PMU since 1992.

The Red Polka Dot Jersey

It is worn by the best climber. Points for the best climber classification are awarded at the top of any classified slope. The prize money is doubled on the four stage finishes that will take place at the summit of climbs.
The Polka Dot Jersey has been sponsored by Carrefour.

The White Jersey

It is worn by the best young rider aged 25 years old or less in the general individual time classification. The White Jersey has been sponsored by Škoda since 2004.

The Combativity Award

This distinction is awarded at the end of each stage by a jury made up of eight cycling specialists. An overall winner is designated after the last stage of Le Tour.
The Most aggressive rider Prize has been sponsored by Antargaz since 2014.

The team classification

This classification is determined by adding the times of the best three riders of each team in each stage (except for the team time-trial).

Only one time-trial

There will only be one time-trial stage during the 2014 Tour. It will take place on Saturday the 26th of July, between Bergerac and Périgueux, on a distance of 54 kilometres on the eve of the final arrival in Paris.

No bonus seconds

For this 2014 edition, no bonus seconds will be up for grabs at the intermediate sprints and the stage finishes. Real time will be the absolute reference.

Points distribution

The Green Jersey will be rewarded to the points’ classification leader. Points will be given out at the finish of each stage and at a single intermediate sprint on each of the normal road stages.
The Polka-Dot Jersey will be worn by the leader of the best climbers’ classification. Points will be given at the top of each mountain and hill. They will be doubled for the mountain-top finishes (La Planche des Belles Filles, Chamrousse, Risoul, Saint-Lary-Soulan, Hautacam).

Helmets must be worn at all times

All riders must wear a helmet for the entire duration of each stage and on each stage.

Falls in the last three kilometres

As has been the case since 2005, riders involved in a fall in the last three kilometres of a stage are given the same finishing time as the group which they belonged to. This rule is not applicable in time-trial stages and stages that finish at the summit of a climb.


Tourde France FAQs

Q: Why is the Tour overall leader's jersey yellow?

A: In 1919, Tour organisers decided the race leader should wear a special jersey making him easy to identify by spectators. They picked yellow as it was the colour of the paper on which L'Auto, the sports daily sponsoring the race, was printed.

Q: What is the green jersey?

A: It is the jersey awarded for the points classification and a great consolation prize for sprinters as they usually win more stages, albeit by a slimmer margin.

Points are awarded to the top 20 finishers in each stage; the rider finishing with the most points wins the jersey. The record green jersey winner is German Erik Zabel, who won it six times.

It was introduced 60 years ago to spice up the race.

Q: What is the polka dot jersey?

A: It is the jersey awarded to the best climber of the Tour or 'King of the Mountains'. Points are awarded at the top of each hill or mountain, which are rated from fourth to first category depending on their difficulty. Some exceptionally tough climbs, such as l'Alpe d'Huez or Mont Ventoux, are rated "hors categorie" (out of category).

The polka dot design was chosen as it was the same as one of the jersey's sponsors. The record winner of the King of the Mountains jersey is Frenchman Richard Virenque, who earned it seven times.

Q: Why do riders often finish in the same time?

A: Because only seconds are taken into account in the overall standings and not fractions of seconds. It is the convention in road cycling that all the riders included in the same group are given the same time on the finish line regardless of whether they are at the front or the back.

Another rule, applying only to flat stages, states that a rider who crashes in the last three kilometres will be awarded the same time as the group he was in before crashing.

Q: Cycling is an individual sport so why are there teams?

A: The Tour is raced by 20 teams of nine riders. Each team usually includes a leader - the man with the best chance for the final classification - sprinters, climbers and every type of rider who can help the team to win a stage, take a jersey and bring home prize money.

When some 200 competitors are cycling in a bunch at around 50 kph, the riders at the front waste much more energy than the ones immediately behind, who are sheltered from the headwind.

This is why team mates are often seen riding ahead of their leader - they are protecting him from the wind.

Team mates often act for their leaders in other ways, passing on one of their wheels if he punctures or picking up bottles and bags at the feeding zone.

Q: What is a "bordure"?

A: Also called an echelon, it is one of the nightmares of the peloton. When the wind is strong and blowing sideways, it can split the riders into little groups which are no longer sheltered inside the main bunch. They lose contact, find themselves on the most exposed side of the road and can lose considerable time. It happened to Alberto Contador in 2010 in a stage finish in La Grande Motte.

Q: What is the "omnibus?"

A: Also called the "gruppetto" (Italian for small group), it is the group formed by poor climbers in the mountain stages to help each other make it to the finish line at a reasonable pace, but inside the time limits.

Q: How do riders pee?

A: Spending some five hours on the bike, riders sometimes have to urinate during a stage. If the race is raging at full speed, riders do so on their bikes but most of the time they stop early in the stage when the pace is leisurely.

It is an unwritten rule of the peloton that you do not attack when a rider or a group has stopped to urinate.

Q: What is a domestique?

A: A domestique, or "gregario" is a rider who is not allowed any personal ambition on the race. He is picked for his ability to set the pace, suffer to the limit and drop out when his task is done. He is also expected to slide to the back of the bunch to fetch bottles, give his bike to his leader if necessary. Some riders, like Alberto Contador, have long-time, dedicated domestiques (or gregari).

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