It will be hard to steal the limelight from the Mont-Saint-Michel - a sumptuous visual feast for the riders. The thirty kilometre route of this time trial will perfectly suit the specialists in the field and seasoned cyclists. The magical site and the majestic decor will provide a stunning setting for the winner's photos.
The towns / A sporting view
Twenty years ago, Mario Cipollini had just won his first Tour stage when he took off on a 81 km long team time-trial. He donned the Yellow Jersey on the finishing line at Avranches thanks to his teammates on GB-MG. Super Mario was born! In 2002, another rider destined to wear the Yellow Jersey achieved his first Tour victory in Avranches. Bradley McGee also demonstrated a high level of self-confidence when he announced his win to the TV cameras – at the beginning of the race!
Sub-prefecture of Manche (50)
Mountain passes & hillsNo mountain passes and hills referenced in this stage
Without a doubt the ‘most famous’ rock in France, Mont-Saint-Michel receives three million visitors every year – but only one of them can claim to have come here to win one of the Tour’s stages: Johan Museeuw. That was in 1990. Since then, the peloton’s route has only afforded a passing glance, particularly during the Dinan-Lisieux stage of the 2011 edition. On this occasion, each of the riders, one after the other, will have time to admire this precious World Heritage site while pedalling there way to the finish line of the first individual time-trial of the 2013 Tour.
Municipality of Manche (50)
Jersey wearers after the stage 20
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