Grand Depart of the Tour de
France 2018: The Vendée...

Sunday, February 12th

The departments in the Pays de la Loire region hosted the Tour de France's cyclists on its very first edition. Indeed, it was via the department of the Vendée that the pack entered the region in... Read more

One last breakaway for
‘Walko'…

Tuesday, February 7th

Roger Walkowiak would have been 90 years old in a few weeks' time, but the winner of the Tour de France in 1956 passed away last night. He leaves us with the memory of a strong-willed rider. Read more

2017 Tour de France : teams
selection

Thursday, January 26th

The organisers of the Tour de France have chosen the teams that will take part in the 104th edition (July 1-23). Read more

ARD to broadcast the Tour de
France in 2017 and 2018

Tuesday, January 31st

Building on the broadcasting of the 2015 and 2016 Tour de France, ARD and Amaury Sport Organisation have concluded an agreement aiming for daily live broadcast of the Tour de France in 2017 and 2018. Read more

2017 TOUR DE FRANCE: THE ROAD
JUST GOT STEEPER

Tuesday, October 18th

The course of the 104th Tour de France (1–23 July, 2017), which was unveiled before an audience of almost 4,000 people at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, stands out for its atypical mountain... Read more

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2017 TOUR DE FRANCE: THE ROAD JUST GOT STEEPER

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The course of the 104th Tour de France (1–23 July, 2017), which was unveiled before an audience of almost 4,000 people at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, stands out for its atypical mountain stages. Although there will be fewer climbs than usual, their steeper gradients will separate the men from the boys. From the time trial in Düsseldorf to the one in Marseille on the eve of the finish, there are plenty of hat-tips to tradition. Inspiration for the brave.

Key points:
- 30 years after the 1987 Grand Départ in Berlin, the Tour will start in the German city of Düsseldorf and later head to Belgium and Luxembourg.
- The course of the 2017 Tour de France will feature France's five mountain ranges. Tour favourites will go head-to-head on steep gradients. The Izoard will host the last summit finish.
- Exceptional locations such as Marseille's Stade Vélodrome and the Grand Palais in Paris will roll out the red carpet for the peloton.

Vosges, Jura, Pyrenees, Central Massif and Alps —the 2017 Tour de France will tackle France's five major mountain ranges in this order. 1992 was the last time this mountainous Grand Slam was in the race. The new features it is rolling out this time around will raise eyebrows: the queen stage will tackle the Jura mountains between Nantua and Chambéry (Col de la Biche, Grand Colombier and Mont du Chat, for a total altitude gain of 4,600 m!); pretenders to the crown will go head-to-head in the Pyrenees in a 100 km stage from Saint-Girons to Foix; sections approaching a 20% gradient will provide fertile ground for attacks on La Planche des Belles Filles and Peyragudes; and the race will be decided in a spectacular climax on the Izoard, a fabled climb which will set the scene for the concluding mountain showdown in its first stage finish ever.

Mountain goats, however, will not have all the fun, and they will have to fight for the yellow jersey in a time trial on the Mediterranean coast, with the finish line right in Marseille's Vélodrome stadium. The last time a stage finished in a football ground was in Bordeaux's Parc Lescure in 1979. Less than 24 hours later, the peloton will be in Montgeron —start of the 1903 Tour— for the final stage, which will see them ride indoors in the prestigious Grand Palais. The Champs-Élysées will see a fast-man apotheosis to cap a series of sprints which will start in Liège and probably continue in Vittel, Troyes, Nuits-Saint-Georges and Romans-sur-Isère. Time to settle old scores…

La Course: the girls take the Izoard
Since 2014, the Tour de France has leveraged its fame and know-how to support women's cycling by organising La Course, a prestigious event for the world elite, which has been held three times on the Champs-Élysées finishing circuit in Paris. The fourth edition will send the ladies on a mountain quest: just a few hours before the men's peloton, they will light the first fireworks in the final 66 kilometres of the stage from Briançon to the Izoard. Sprinters will be nowhere to be seen on the final ascent, described by Jacques Goddet as "[a] harrowing trial which establishes the boundary between difficult and terrifying". The girls will bring back memories of riders such as Gino Bartali, Fausto Coppi, Louison Bobet and Bernard Thévenet as they tackle the 10 kilometres leading to Casse Déserte, which boast an average gradient of over 9%. Welcome to the Alps, ladies.

Imagine the Tour finds its poster boy
For the first time ever, the design of the Tour de France visual was decided in a public contest which invited all graphic designers in love with the Grande Boucle to imagine the poster of the 2017 edition. Over 300 submissions were received and evaluated by a jury made up of seven celebrities. 20-year-old Alexis Boulivet's entry was declared the winner. The Concept Art student will be rewarded with a cheque for €5,000 and an invitation to a one-day VIP outing on the roads of the Tour de France.

Étape du Tour: thousands of cyclosportive riders in Casse Déserte
Ever since 1993, the Étape du Tour has given amateur cyclists the unique opportunity to tackle a Tour de France mountain stage just a few days before the elite peloton. 15,000 cyclosportive riders are expected to make this event the highlight of their 2017 season. It will be held on the course of the stage from Briançon to the Izoard on Sunday, 16 July. Registration opens on Friday, 21 October at 8 am on www.asochallenges.com.

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