The 2014 Tour de France route has been revealed today in Paris. The 101st race of the “Grande Boucle” will take place from the 5th to the 27th July. This will be another opportunity to discover the beautiful landscapes of France.
The 2014 Tour de France
The tour will feature several unexpected surprises, one of the most interesting being the first three stages being held in England. The start of the race will take place in Leeds on the 5th July with a stage ending in Harrogate. York-Sheffield will then follow on the 6th and Cambridge-London on the 7th.
The Tour will cross the English Channel and will resume from Le Touquet, a ravishing seaside resort in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais. The city of Lille will welcome the Tour for the start of one stage and will also be the finishing point on a different part of the race later on.
The other interesting fact about the 2014 Tour de France will be the choice of stages in the regions that greatly suffered in the World War I battles. This was not by chance, in 2014 the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI will be commemorated and the 2014 Tour will in its own way pay homage to this sad event.
The race will take the cyclists to Ypres in Belgium which has paid a terrible tribute to the WWI conflict resulting in many casualties. 2014 will mark the return of the Tour de France to the North-East of France which was missing last year.
The historic province of Champagne and the city of Reims will be crossed on the way to Verdun in Lorraine. From Nancy, the Tour will climb the Vosges mountains to reach the scenic Route des Crêtes before going down to the Alsace Plain at Mulhouse.
Franche-Comté will be the next region to be crossed with promising stages in the Jura mountains.
The Tour will then make its way to Saint-Étienne before reaching the Alps in the Grenoble region.
The 21st and last stage on the 27th July will start at Évry in the Île de France and will take the cyclists to the finish line on the Champs-Élysées.
Itinerary Map of the 2014 Tour de France
The 21 stages of the 2014 Tour de France
The 21 stages of the 2014 edition of the Tour de France will take place in England, France, Belgium and Spain.
The “Grande Boucle” will cross 12 French regions: Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Picardy, Champagne-Ardenne, Lorraine, Alsace, Franche-Comté, Rhône-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrénées, Aquitaine and Île de France.
1st stage: Saturday 5 July
from Leeds (UK) to Harrogate (UK)
Flat stage of 191 km
2nd stage: Sunday 6 July
from York (UK) to Sheffield (UK)
Hill stage of 198 km
3rd stage: Monday 7 July
from Cambridge (UK) to London (UK)
Flat stage of 159 km
4th stage: Tuesday 8 July
from Le Touquet-Paris-Plage to Villeneuve-d’Ascq
Hill stage of 164 km
5th stage: Wednesday 9 July
from Ypres (Belgium) to Arenberg-Porte du Hainaut
Flat stage with cobblestone of 156 km
6th stage: Thursday 10 July
7th stage: Friday 11 July
from Épernay to Nancy
Flat stage of 233 km
8th stage: Saturday 12 July
from Tomblaine to Gérardmer-La Mauselaine
Hill stage of 161 km
9th stage: Sunday 13 July
from Gérardmer to Mulhouse
Hill stage of 166 km
10th stage: Monday 14 July
from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles
Mountain stage of 161 km
Tuesday 15 July: Rest Day
11th stage: Wednesday 16 July
from Besançon to Oyonnax
Flat stage of 186 km
12th stage: Thursday 17 July
from Bourg-en-Bresse to Saint-Étienne
Hill stage of 183 km
13th stage: Friday 18 July
from Saint-Étienne to Chamrousse
Mountain stage of 200 km
14th stage: Saturday 19 July
from Grenoble to Risoul
Mountain stage of 177 km
15th stage: Sunday 20 July
from Tallard to Nîmes
Flat stage of 222 km
Monday 21 July: Rest Day
16th stage: Tuesday 22 July
from Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon
Mountain stage of 237 km
17th stage: Wednesday 23 July
from Saint-Gaudens to Saint-Lary-Soulan-Pla d’Adet
Mountain stage of 125 km
18th stage: Thursday 24 July
from Pau to Hautacam
Mountain stage of 145 km
19th stage: Friday 25 July
from Maubourguet-Val d’Adour to Bergerac
Flat stage of 208 km
20th stage: Saturday 26 July
from Bergerac to Périgueux
Individual Time Trial of 54 km
21th stage: Sunday 27 July
from Évry to Paris (Champs-Élysées)
Flat stage of 136 km
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Find out more about the Tour de France 2014 on the official website.