22 June 2011

Route of the 2011 Tour de France

Quick summary of where to find race information
Dates July 2-24, 2011
Fly over of the route!
  3D flythrough of the 2011 route of the Tour de France lelour.fr

Race details: information on stage, type, date, start and finish towns, distance, and a red arrow below (love the red arrows) that will lead you to route profiles, descriptions, time schedules, list of mountain passes and hills, sprint point locations, and profile of the last 1km. All at this one easy link:
2011 Official Details of the Tour de France— letour.fr
Stage Type Date Start and Finish Distance Details
1 En ligne Saturday 2 July Passage du Gois La Barre-de-Monts > Mont des Alouettes Les Herbiers 191.5 km
2 Team TT Sunday 3 July Les Essarts > Les Essarts 23 km
3 En ligne Monday 4 July Olonne-sur-Mer > Redon 198 km
4 En ligne Tuesday 5 July Lorient > Mûr-de-Bretagne 172.5 km
5 En ligne Wednesday 6 July Carhaix > Cap Fréhel 164.5 km
6 En ligne Thursday 7 July Dinan > Lisieux 226.5 km
7 En ligne Friday 8 July Le Mans > Châteauroux 218 km
8 Medium mountains Saturday 9 July Aigurande > Super-Besse Sancy 189 km
9 Medium mountains Sunday 10 July Issoire > Saint-Flour 208 km
R Rest Day Monday 11 July Le Lioran Cantal
10 En ligne Tuesday 12 July Aurillac > Carmaux 158 km
11 En ligne Wednesday 13 July Blaye-les-Mines > Lavaur 167.5 km
12 High Mountains Thursday 14 July Cugnaux > Luz-Ardiden 211 km
13 High Mountains Friday 15 July Pau > Lourdes 152.5 km
14 High Mountains Saturday 16 July Saint-Gaudens > Plateau de Beille 168.5 km
15 En ligne Sunday 17 July Limoux > Montpellier 192.5 km
R Rest Day Monday 18 July Département de la Drôme
16 Medium mountains Tuesday 19 July Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux > Gap 162.5 km
17 High Mountains Wednesday 20 July Gap > Pinerolo 179 km
18 High Mountains Thursday 21 July Pinerolo > Galibier Serre-Chevalier 200.5 km
19 High Mountains Friday 22 July Modane Valfréjus > Alpe-d’Huez 109.5 km
20 Individual time-trial Saturday 23 July Grenoble > Grenoble 42.5 km
21 En ligne Sunday 24 July Créteil > Paris Champs-Élysées 95 km

The official Tour de France website is: Tour de France, and for fun L'Equipe.fr Tour de France Website.

The route is announced every October
Mark Cavendish and Andy Schleck at the Route Presentation October 18, 2010
Previews of the Tour de France: A very brief overview of the Stages of the 2011 Tour de France by CyclingNews.com, click on the link to each stage for a stage descriptions. Also a Race Preview by CyclingNews.com. A detailed reveiw by VeloNews at What to look for at the 98th Tour de France.
Inner Ring offers an explanation of the rule changes to the Points (Green Jersey) and Climber's /King of the Mountains (polka dot) jersey for  2011.
As usual Steephill.TV/tour-de-france collates all the news and links for cycling fans in one great place. Be sure to check it our daily for live links to viewing the race, news, and updates.
Photographers to watch, who will be at the race this year include: 
Graham Watson Photography
Paddy Sweeney Photo Gallery
VeloNews Photo Galleries
Read the magazines: Cycle Sport  or VeloNews
Watch the race live: Versus Tour de France TV schedule (US) or Versus TDF All Access  Full tour pass $29.95, through Universal Sports and nbcsports.com/cycling
For live online viewing by France3.fr or by A.S.O coverage visit Steephill.TV/tour-de-france for links.
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I was in France last summer for 5 weeks and wrote many posts from my journeys. you may find the posts on this blog in the month of June and July 2010 (right column of this blog). I will not be in France this year, it has been an every-other-year tradition for me since 2001. Still I have the memories, and dreams for the future to look forward to. 

If you are lucky enough to be going to the Tour de France this year (or wish) you were - dream over this: Tour de France: Ten great places to watch, CyclingNews By: Jean-François Quénet