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2017 Tour de France course revealed

ASO unveils mountainous route, La Course to finish on Izoard

The Tour de France organizers unveiled the 2017 route on Tuesday in Paris, revealing a course that takes in all five mountain regions of France for the first time since 1992. The time trials are kept to a minimum with two, including a 23-km chrono on the last GC day in Marseille before the procession into Paris. The end of Stage 18’s parcours, which ends on the Col d’Izoard climb, will also make up the route of La Course, the first time the women’s WorldTour race hasn’t been set in Paris.

In general the ASO has gone with shorter stages featuring steeper, unknown climbs and tricky descents. There are only four mountain summit finishes. The Northwest is completely ignored and a big transfer west from Chambery to Dordogne on the first rest day means that the race doesn’t neatly follow a clockwise or counterclockwise pattern.

It was already known that the 2017 Tour would start in Dusseldorf, Germany on July 1. Here the riders roll their first time trail, a 13-km affair. The next day is the first road stage from Dusseldorf to Liege, Belgium. Here we will see the first bonus seconds of 10, 6 and 4-seconds awarded to the first three finishers of each road race.

Stage 3’s arrival in France at Longwy climaxes on a short, steep ramp to the finish. After a sprint day, the race continues moving south, with the first summit finish of the 2017 edition coming in the Vosges mountains on Planche des Belles Filles, where both Vicenzo Nibali and Chris Froome have won stages.

Sprinters have another couple of days to skirmish before the race heads into the Jura Mountains. Stage 9 is a brute: 4200-metres of climbing including the Grand Colombier and the Mont du Chat.

The rest day transfer plunks the race down near the Pyrenees. Stage 12 finishes atop Payragudes after taking in Port des Bales and the Peyresourde. The next day to Foix is the shortest stage in 30-years, with 100-km of short, more obscure climbs.

The riders then turn back east for an excursion into the Massif Central and the final rest day July 17.

Fierce Alpine climbs await the peloton, with the big clashes scheduled for Stage 17, which tackles the Croix de Fer, Télégraph and the Galibier, and Stage 18’s final summit finish on the moonscape Izoard after clambering up Guillestre, Barcelonnette and the Col de Vars.

After the penultimate day for the sprinters comes the decisive 23-km time trial in Marseilles. Then it’s Paris and the Champs Elysees.

As mentioned, the La Course takes place on a similar route to Stage 18 and on the same day. The women will battle it out on the first 10-km of Izoard after starting in Briancon for a 67-km parcours

Tour de France 2017 route

Stage 1: Saturday, July 1: Dusseldorf-Dusseldorf (ITT), 13-km
Stage 2: Sunday, July 2: Dusseldorf–Liege, 202-km
Stage 3: Monday, July 3: Verviers–Longwy, 202-km
Stage 4: Tuesday, July 4: Mondorf-Les-Bains–Vittel, 203-km
Stage 5: Wednesday, July 5: Vittel–Planche des Belles Filles, 160-km
Stage 6: Thursday, July 6: Vesoul–Troyes, 216-km
Stage 7: Friday, July 7:Troyes–Nuit-Saint-Georges, 214-km
Stage 8: Saturday, July 8: Dole–Station des Tousses, 187-km
Stage 9: Sunday, July 9: Nantua–Chambery, 181-km
Rest day 1: Monday, July 10
Stage 10: Tuesday, July 11: Perigueux–Bergerac, 178-km
Stage 11: Wednesday, July 12: Eymet–Pau, 202-km
Stage 12: Thursday, July 13: Pau–Payragudes, 214-km
Stage 13: Friday, July 14: Saint-Girons–Foix, 100-km
Stage 14: Saturday, July 15: Blagnac–Rodez, 181-km
Stage 15: Sunday, July 16: Laissac-Severac L’Eglise–Le Puy-en-Velay 189-km
Rest day 2: Monday, July 17
Stage 16: Tuesday, July 18: Le Puy-en-Velay–Romans-Sur-Isere, 165-km
Stage 17: Wednesday, July 19: La Mure–Serre-Chevalier, 183-km
Stage 18: Thursday, July 20: Briancon–Izoard, 178-km
Stage 19: Friday, July 21: Embrun–Salon-de-Provence, 220-km
Stage 20: Saturday, July 22: Marseille–Marseille (ITT), 23-km
Stage 21: Sunday, July 23: Montgeron–Paris Champs Elysees, 105-km