Tour de France 2017 - Crossing Five Mountain Ranges!

From July 01, 2017 to July 23, 2017
  • Bourg en Bresse-Culoz

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    Bourg en Bresse-Culoz

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  • Sallanches-Megève

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    Sallanches-Megève

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  • Départ 2016 au Mont-Saint-Michel

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    Départ 2016 au Mont-Saint-Michel

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  • Tracé du Tour de France 2017

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    Tracé du Tour de France 2017

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Tour de France 2017 - Crossing Five Mountain Ranges!

Tour de France 2017

For the first time since 1992, participants in this year’s Tour de France cycle race will cross all five of France’s major mountain ranges – the Vosges, Jura, Pyrénées, Massif Central and Alps. Suffice to say that mountains will be more or less omnipresent in this edition of the ‘Big Loop’, which starts in Düsseldorf (Germany) before continuing on through Belgium and Luxembourg the following day.

Steeper than ever

This year’s 3,516-kilometre (2,185-mile) route can be characterised by less frequent but very steep mountain climbs, allowing top competitors to stand out in the epic struggle for first place. The ninth stage over the Jura Mountains between Nantua and Chambéry is considered to be one of the most difficult in the history of the race. Another major stage for climbers will be in the Pyrénées, over a 100-kilometre (62-mile) stretch between Saint-Girons and Foix. There will also be roads with 20% gradient slopes alongside the Planche-des-Belles-Filles and the Peyragudes. One of the last mountain stages will be along the Alpine Izoard Pass, on a day that could very well decide the winner of the race.

Arrival in Marseille’s Orange Vélodrome Stadium

The celebrations aren’t only geared towards mountaineers; each participant will also have the chance to shine during a timed race along the Mediterranean, with a finish line in the Orange Vélodrome at the heart of Marseille. The final stretches of a Tour de France stage haven’t entered a sporting arena since 1979.

Inside Paris’ Grand Palais

At the end of three weeks of competition, participants can expect to race through another major site: the majestic Grand Palais in Paris. Several indoor laps will take place under its famous arches before rejoining the traditional grand finale sprint on the Champs-Élysées.

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