The Tour de France 2014 Itinerary revealed

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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.

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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.

After the much challenging stages in the Alps, the cyclists will reach the equally-demanding Pyrenees through the Rhône Valley to Nîmes and famous Carcassonne.

From Pau, it will then be time to head back North with a few stages in the picturesque landscapes of Périgord.

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

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2nd stage: Sunday 6 July

from York (UK) to Sheffield (UK)
Hill stage of 198 km

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3rd stage: Monday 7 July

from Cambridge (UK) to London (UK)
Flat stage of 159 km

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4th stage: Tuesday 8 July

from Le Touquet-Paris-Plage to Villeneuve-d’Ascq
Hill stage of 164 km

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5th stage: Wednesday 9 July

from Ypres (Belgium) to Arenberg-Porte du Hainaut
Flat stage with cobblestone of 156 km

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6th stage: Thursday 10 July

from Arras to Reims
Flat stage of 194 km

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7th stage: Friday 11 July

from Épernay to Nancy
Flat stage of 233 km

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8th stage: Saturday 12 July

from Tomblaine to Gérardmer-La Mauselaine
Hill stage of 161 km

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9th stage: Sunday 13 July

from Gérardmer to Mulhouse
Hill stage of 166 km

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10th stage: Monday 14 July

from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles
Mountain stage of 161 km

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Tuesday 15 July: Rest Day

in Besançon

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11th stage: Wednesday 16 July

from Besançon to Oyonnax
Flat stage of 186 km

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12th stage: Thursday 17 July

from Bourg-en-Bresse to Saint-Étienne
Hill stage of 183 km

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13th stage: Friday 18 July

from Saint-Étienne to Chamrousse
Mountain stage of 200 km

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14th stage: Saturday 19 July

from Grenoble to Risoul
Mountain stage of 177 km

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15th stage: Sunday 20 July

from Tallard to Nîmes
Flat stage of 222 km

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Monday 21 July: Rest Day

in Carcassonne

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16th stage: Tuesday 22 July

from Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon
Mountain stage of 237 km

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17th stage: Wednesday 23 July

from Saint-Gaudens to Saint-Lary-Soulan-Pla d’Adet
Mountain stage of 125 km

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18th stage: Thursday 24 July

from Pau to Hautacam
Mountain stage of 145 km

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19th stage: Friday 25 July

from Maubourguet-Val d’Adour to Bergerac
Flat stage of 208 km

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20th stage: Saturday 26 July

from Bergerac to Périgueux
Individual Time Trial of 54 km

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21th stage: Sunday 27 July

from Évry to Paris (Champs-Élysées)
Flat stage of 136 km


English-French Vocabulary

(f) for féminin, (m) for masculin, (adj) for adjective and (v) for verbs

  • Alps = Alpes (f,p)
  • Belgium = Belgique (f)
  • cyclist = cycliste (m)
  • England = Angleterre (f)
  • English Channel = Manche (f)
  • finish line = ligne d’arrivée (f)
  • individual time trial = contre-la-montre (m)
  • itinerary = itinéraire (m), parcours (m)
  • London = Londres
  • race = course (f)
  • stage = étape (f)
  • World War I = Première Guerre Mondiale (f)

Find out more about the Tour de France 2014 on the official website.

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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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