The Tour de France will present the route for the 2021 edition this Sunday, but France Bleu says it already knows what the stage schedule looks like. The Grand Départ will be in Brest on Saturday 26 June and the final stage will take the peloton to Paris on Sunday 18 July.
The first four stages cross Brittany. That region has been designated to organize the start after Copenhagen withdrew. The Danish city was not open to organize the Grand Départ a week earlier. ASO wanted to, because it prevents a clash on the calendar with the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo.
From Brittany to Tignes
On the second day there is an arrival uphill, on the Mûr-de-Bretagne. After the passage through Brittany, the peloton goes straight through France towards the Alps, with a long individual time trial on the fifth day on the first Wednesday. The weekend is colored by two mountain stages with arrivals in Le Grand Bornand and Tignes. The finish at Tignes is a gift for the ski village after the stage in 2019 that never finished due to a hailstorm and mudslides.
Crisscross the Pyrenees
After a rest day in Tignes, the riders leave via Valence to Provence. The ‘Giant of Provence’ cannot be missed: in the eleventh stage, the Mont Ventoux is planned with probably a finish at the bottom of Malaucène. Nîmes and Carcassonne are the stops for the peloton to the Pyrenees. The second week ends with a mountain drive to Andorra, where the last rest day is also.
The day after the rest day, a mountain ride is planned to Saint-Gaudens with possibly the Port de Lers, the Col de la Core and the Portet d’Aspet on the way. The seventeenth stage on the French holiday would then finish again on the Col du Portet, with the Port de Balès and the Col de Peyresourde on the menu before that. The ride to Iraty will also be characterized by Pyrenees cols.
Time trial on the penultimate day
Stage 19 can be seen as a transition stage, because the decision in the general classification will be made a day later in the department of Gironde. The organization opts for an individual time trial of approximately 30 kilometers between Libourne and Saint-Emilion on the last day before Paris.
On Sunday 1 November we will hear what the final route of the Tour de France 2021 looks like …
Tour de France 2021 – The leaked France Bleu race route
Stage 1: Brest – Landerneau (Saturday June 26)
Stage 2: Perros-Guirec – Mûr-de-Bretagne (Sunday June 27)
Stage 3: Lorient – Pontivy (Monday June 28)
Stage 4: Redon – Ferns (dinsdag 29 juni)
Etappe 5: Changé – Laval, ITT of TTT (woensdag 30 juni)
Stage 6: Tours – Châteauroux (Thursday July 1)
Stage 7: Vierzon – Le Creusot (Friday, July 2)
Stage 8: Oyonnax – Le Grand Bornand (Saturday July 3)
Stage 9: Albertville – Tignes (Sunday July 4)
Rest day in Tignes (Monday July 5)
Stage 10: Bourg-Saint-Maurice – Valence (dinsdag 6 juli)
Stage 11: Sorgues – Mont Ventoux / Malaucène (woensdag 7 juli)
Stage 12: Mont Ventoux – Nîmes (Thursday, July 8)
Stage 13: Nîmes – Carcassonne (Friday July 9)
Stage 14: Carcassonne – Quillan (Saturday July 10)
Stage 15: Céret – Andorra (Sunday July 11)
Rest day in Andorra (Monday July 12)
Stage 16: Andorra – Saint-Gaudens (Tuesday 13 July)
Stage 17: Muret – Saint-Lary-Soulan (Wednesday 14 July)
Stage 18: Tarbes – Iraty (Thursday, July 15)
Stage 19: Oloron-Sainte-Marie – Libourne (Friday July 16)
Stage 20: Libourne – Saint-Emilion, ITT (Saturday 17 July)
Stage 21: Chatou – Paris (Sunday, July 18)
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