The Tour de France is the world's greatest cycling race, and arguably the best possible 'marketing' of France. For anyone in the right place at the right time in July, it is a free spectacle coming to a town or a road near you! Each year, hundreds of thousands of locals and holidaymakers turn up in spots all round France to watch not just the cyclists, but also the great caravan of cars, media and officials go by.
Starting on July 1 and finishing on the Champs-Elysées on July 23, the 21 stages will cover 3,516km and feature altitude finishes at La Planche des Belles Filles, Peyragudes and Izoard.
– 9 flat stages
– 5 hilly stages
– 5 mountain stages including all mountain ranges for the first time in 25 years.
– 2 time trial stages
– 2 rest days