The route of the 2013 Tour de France was presented in Paris today, including a standout stage that features two ascents of Alpe d’Huez and a night time finish in Paris.

The race will also take in a climb of Mont Ventoux, but only features one full Pyrenean stage and there is little in the north of the country.



The 100th edition of the race starts on the island of Corsica with a flat road stage that will present Mark Cavendish with his first ever opportunity to pull on the leaders yellow jersey. His move to Belgian team Omega Pharma-Quickstep will see him have a team built around him as he goes on the hunt for maximum stage wins.



After three stages on Corsica the race returns to the mainland and a short, 25km  team time trial around Nice. Another three flat stages along the coast and the riders hit the Pyrenees.



Stage eight sees the riders tackle the Col de Pailhéres before a finish at the top of Ax 3 Domaines. the next stage tackles five mountains on route to the finish in Bagnéres-de-Bigorre.



A transfer to the north takes the race briefly to the north west of France. After a stage to Saint Malo and a time trial to Avranches the peloton will be heading south to Tours, and just three stages later is a 242km stage to the top of mont Ventoux.



A transitional stage and the second individual time trial takes the riders to the stage that makes history with two ascents of Alpe d’Huez. Starting in Gap the riders will tackle the Col de Mnse, Col d’Ornon before heading up Alpe d’Huez for the first time.



Once through the ski resort the riders continue up over the little used and little known Col de Sarenne with a summit at 1,989m. The descent brings the riders out near the bottom of the descent Col de Lauteret from where it’s a quick ride back round to Bourg d’Oisans from where they turn back up the Alp.



And that’s just the first day in the Alps. the next day sees more climbing on the road to Le Grand-Bornand and the day after promises fireworks with a short stage of 125km to Annecy-Semnoz.



The final twist in the tale of the 100th edition of the race is a night time finish on the Champs-Élysées. The planned finishing time is 9.45pm, as the sun sets. And in a break from tradition, the riders will go around the Arc de Triomphe, rather than turn 100m short of it.



The whole of the route is within France, prompting the logo 100% French, for the 100th edition.



When interviewed after the presentation, 2012 winner Bradley Wiggins confirmed that he will focus on the Giro d’Italia next year, rather than defend his Tour title. However he said he would be on the Tours start line but in the role of team mate. Chris Froome is expect to be Team Sky’s Tour leader in 2013.



Stage Date From To Length Type
Stage 1 Saturday June 29

Porto-Vecchio Bastia 212km Flat
Stage 2 Sunday June 30

Bastia Ajaccio

154km

Med mtn

Stage 3

Monday July 1

Ajaccio Calvi 145km

Med mtn

Stage 4

Tuesday July 2

Nice

Nice

25km

TTT
Stage 5

Wednesday July 3

Cagnes-sur-Mer Marseille 219km

Flat

Stage 6

Thursday July 4

Aix-en-Provence Montpellier 176km Flat

Stage 7

Friday July 5

Montpellier Albi 205km Flat

Stage 8

Saturday July 6

Castres Ax 3 Domaines 194km Mountains

Stage 9

Sunday July 7

Saint-Girons Bagnéres-de-Bigorre 165km Mountains

Rest day

Monday July 8

- - - -
Stage 10

Tuesday July 9 Saint-Gildas-des-Bois Saint-Malo 193km Flat
Stage 11

Wednesday July 10

Avranches Mont-Saint-Michel 33km ITT
Stage 12

Thursday July 11

Fougéres Tours 218km Flat
Stage 13 Friday July 12

Tours Saint-Amand-Montrond 173km Flat

Stage 14

Saturday July 13

Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule Lyon 191km Flat
Stage 15 Sunday July 14

Givors Mont Ventoux 242km Mountains
Rest day

Monday July 15

- - - -
Stage 16

Tuesday July 16 Vaison-la-Romaine Gap 168km Med mtn
Stage 17

Wednesday July 17

Embrun Chorges 32km

ITT
Stage 18

Thursday July 18

Gap Alpe d’Huez 168km Mountains
Stage 19

Friday July 19

Bourg-d’Oisans Le Grand-Bornand 204km Mountains
Stage 20

Saturday July 20

Annecy Annecy – Semnoz 125km Mountains
Stage 21

Sunday July 21

Versailles Paris Champs-&Élysées 118km Flat

 



Video fly-through of the 2013 route

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  • Noel Cunningham

    Very disappointing! Instead of the whole continuous historical “Hexagon” we have another all over the map mess with two long air transfers.Nothing in this parcours says 100th.edition…and why go to Corsica?

  • Ian Thomas

    I always watch the Tour in the Pyrenees, normally somewhere on the Tourmalet; no Tourmalet this year which I find surprising as its the 100th Anniversary.

  • wally warburton

    re 2013 tdf. contador,froome, heysjerdal,schleck, in that order.
    brad for the giro if supported fully.

  • Ian

    I hate to be a cynic, but. In trying to include the best of the last 100 yrs have they made it too difficult? The trouble is for the last 100 years people have been doping. This route may be just too arduous for clean riders to make it exciting. All the GC riders could end up just watching and waiting, with nothing in the tank for meaningful attacks (assuming all the GC contenders at least will be clean). I would pay money to be wrong, but we will see.

  • Samuel G

    for me the question is do the riders opt for a bottle or hub dynamo on the champs elysees?

  • Phil Riley

    I maybe completely wrong but, when I was a child watching The Tour on World of Sport I have memories of the riders going around the Arc de Triomphe. Can any confirm this.