Next year’s Tour de France is going to be an interesting one. Bypassing the Normandy and Brittany regions completely, the Tour will mostly be held in central, southern, and eastern France, departing from Monaco, and featuring sojourns into Spain, Andorra, Italy, and Switzerland.
The most interesting feature that I’ve been able to glean thus far? The Stage 20 finish atop the Mont Ventoux … while the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España have both had summit finishes on the penultimate stage, the Tour de France never has.
This will truly make for an interesting final week, but one almost has to give the edge to Astana’s Alberto Contador for the overall win, simply due to this final twist.
Returning to the Tour in 2009 is the team time trial, which should favor the Christian Vandevelde and Dave Zabriskie’s Slipstream-Chipotle squad in the early days of the race.
Look at me, we’re in the midst of cyclocross season, ski season is about to start, and I’m already giddy for July.
|Stage||Type||Date||Start and Finish||Distance|
|1||Individual TT||Saturday 4 July||Monaco > Monaco||15 km|
|2||Plain||Sunday 5 July||Monaco > Brignoles||182 km|
|3||Plain||Monday 6 July||Marseille > La Grande-Motte||196 km|
|4||Team TT||Tuesday 7 July||Montpellier > Montpellier||38 km|
|5||Plain||Wednesday 8 July||Le Cap d’Agde > Perpignan||197 km|
|6||Plain||Thursday 9 July||Gérone > Barcelone||175 km|
|7||High Mountains||Friday 10 July||Barcelone > Andorre Arcalis||224 km|
|8||High Mountains||Saturday 11 July||Andorre-la-Vieille > Saint-Girons||176 km|
|9||High Mountains||Sunday 12 July||Saint-Gaudens > Tarbes||160 km|
|R||Rest Day||Monday 13 July||Limoges|
|10||Plain||Tuesday 14 July||Limoges > Issoudun||193 km|
|11||Plain||Wednesday 15 July||Vatan > Saint-Fargeau||192 km|
|12||Plain||Thursday 16 July||Tonnerre > Vittel||200 km|
|13||Medium mountains||Friday 17 July||Vittel > Colmar||200 km|
|14||Plain||Saturday 18 July||Colmar > Besançon||199 km|
|15||High Mountains||Sunday 19 July||Pontarlier > Verbier||207 km|
|R||Rest Day||Monday 20 July||Verbier|
|16||High Mountains||Tuesday 21 July||Martigny > Bourg-Saint-Maurice||160 km|
|17||High Mountains||Wednesday 22 July||Bourg-Saint-Maurice > Le Grand-Bornand||169 km|
|18||Individual TT||Thursday 23 July||Annecy > Annecy||40 km|
|19||Plain||Friday 24 July||Bourgoin-Jallieu > Aubenas||195 km|
|20||High Mountains||Saturday 25 July||Montélimar > Mont Ventoux||167 km|
|21||Plain||Sunday 26 July||Montereau-Fault-Yonne > Paris Champs-Élysées||160 km|