The route of the 2011 Tour de France was presented in Paris in the autumn, but there were very few surprises as the route had been leaked on the internet weeks before.

The Vendée region hosts the Grand Depart before the race heads north in to Brittany and then down through the centre of the country. 

The first mountain range is the Pyrenees with the Alps being celebrated in the final few days of the race that includes two passes of the Galibier, one of the highest roads in the Alps.

The final time trial, on the penultimate day of the race, will be around the city of Grenoble. There is also a team time trial on stage two. However, this is just 23km long and, according to ASO, is flat fast and for the specialists.

2011 Tour de France

Stage 1: July 2, Passage du Gois – Mont des Alouettes 191km

Stage 2: July 3, Les Essarts – Les Essarts 23km TTT

Stage 3: July 4, Olonne-sur-Mer – Redon 198km

Stage 4: July 5, Lorient – Mur-de-Bretagne 172km

Stage 5: July 6, Carhaix – Cap Fréhel 158km

Stage 6: July 7, Dinan – Lisieaux 226km

Stage 7: July 8, Le Mans – Chateauroux 215km

Stage 8: July 9, Aigurande – Super-Besse Sancy 190km

Stage 9: July 10, Issoire – Saint-Flour 208km

Stage 10: July 12, Aurillac – Carmaux 161km

Stage 11: July 13, Blaye-les-Mines – Lavaur 168km

Stage 12: July 14, Cugnaux – Luz-Ardiden 209km

Stage 13: July 15, Pau – Lourdes 156km

Stage 14: July 16, Saint-Gaudens – Plateau de Beille 168km

Stage 15: July 17, Limoux – Montpellier 187km

Stage 16: July 19, Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux – Gap 163km

Stage 17: July 20, Gap – Pinerolo 179km

Stage 18: July 21, Pinerolo – Galibier Serre Chevalier 189km

Stage 19: July 22, Mondane – Alpe d’Huez 109km

Stage 20: July 23, Grenoble – Grenoble 41km ITT

Stage 21: July 24, Créteil – Paris Champs Élysées 160km



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Mark Cavendish and Andy Schleck, Tour de France 2011 presentation, Paris



Mark Cavendish and Andy Schleck point at a map of France

Tour de France 2011: Related links



Cavendish challenging for up to eight stages in 2011 Tour de France



The mountains of the 2011 Tour de France



Two Etape du Tours in 2011



Cycling Weekly’s 2010 Tour de France coverage