Pre-race press conferences have started ahead of the 104th Tour de France with Chris Froome expressing his ambitions to win his fourth title and German riders emulating children as they expressed their passion for cycling. The teams' presentation will take place on Thursday, June 29, from 6.30pm to 8pm on the Burgplatz in the centre of Düsseldorf.Read more More news
Grand Start : La Manche
The Manche Department is home to 500,000 people in a region well- known for its shipbuilding, and know-how in the nuclear, energy and digital industries. It is the leading agricultural department in France with a diverse production (husbandry, vegetable farming and fishing) and it is largest dairy producer in the country.
In addition, its palette of colours and landscapes, and its 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites make it an outstanding tourist destination. Its Bays, islands, coves and beaches stretch out over 350km of unspoilt coastline. Inland, the wooded countryside and its hedgerows are crossed by a long network of county roads, which are favourable for cycling.
The start of the opening stage in the Mont Saint-Michel will of course be "zero hour" for the peloton. However, the previous week will set the scene for a wide variety of rituals which will help both riders and fans soak up the atmosphere of the race: inauguration of the press centre, meeting of the caravanners, public team presentation, etc.More info
The official presentation of the 198 riders who will line up for the 22 teams participating in the 2016 Tour de France takes place on Thursday 30 June between 18.30 and 20.00 in Sainte-Mère-Église.
Following the general briefing, which will take place at 17.15 at the Airborne Museum (in the Ronald Reagan Franco-American Conference Centre building), the riders will board vintage military vehicles belonging to the Utah Beach Landing Museum.More info
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Running from Saturday July 1st to Sunday July 23th 2017, the 104th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,540 kilometres.
These stages have the following profiles:
- 9 flat stages
- 5 hilly stages
- 5 mountain stages including altitude finishes (La Planche des Belles Filles, Peyragudes, Izoard)
- 2 individual time-trials stages
- 2 rest days
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Düsseldorf (1st stage and start of stage 2), Mondorf-les-Bains (start of stage 4), Nuits-Saint-Georges (finish of stage 7), Nantua (start of stage 9), Eymet (start of stage 11), Laissac-Sévérac l’Église (start of stage 15), Romans-sur-Isère (finish of stage 16), La Mure (start of stage 17), Izoard (finish of stage 18), Salon-de-Provence (finish of stage 19)
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