Can Chris Froome make it a third consecutive Tour de France win for a British rider in 2014? If rumours of next year’s Tour de France route prove true, it looks like a course to suit the defending champion’s talents.

Although the route will be officially unveiled by race organiser ASO in Paris next Wednesday (October 23), Dutch enthusiast Thomas Vergouwen of www.velowire.com has pieced together what he believes to be the full list of stages. He has a good track record – Vergouwen has accurately predicted the routes of the past four Tours.

Vergouwen’s version of the route includes five summit finishes, which would form the battleground for the general classification after the Grand Départ in Yorkshire on July 5. It all looks good for Froome and his Sky team.

Here we highlight the five stages that could shape the overall classification:

Stage five Wednesday July 9: Ypres to Arenburg Porte du Hainault

This stage is a key opportunity to gain – or lose – time on its cobbled sections.

Stage 10 Monday July 14: Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles

The first major summit finish of the race, and the scene of Froome’s first Tour de France stage win in 2012.

Stage 13 Friday July 18: Saint Etienne to Chamrousse

The 2014 Tour route offers up two mountain-top finishes in the Alps, and this is the first.

Stage 18 Thursday July 24: Pau to Hautacam

According to Vergouwen, this will be the final summit finish of the 2014 race and therefore of utmost importance.

Stage 20 Saturday July 26: Bergerac to Perigueux (time trial)

As the race’s only stage against the clock, this could be where Froome – or one of his rivals – clinches the yellow jersey.

For more analysis on the possible 2014 Tour de France route, see this week’s Cycling Weekly magazine, on sale from Thursday October 17.

  • roginoz

    Froome is Suth African.

  • Jacob Palmer

    I think Chris might make it if Richie Port and the rest of team sky are willing to domestique for him or maybe even super domestique (Richie Porte) but I think that Quintana will be hot on his feels. You have to admit that The polka dot,white jersey and was it three stages? is quite impressive for a debut tour. But if Froome can do what he did in the mountains I think it will be his. I really think he showed Quintana who really deserved the yellow jersey on the slopes of the bald mountain, The giant of province , The mont Ventoux. My best hopes for froome.

    By the way I really love cycling weekly. Im really glad I found this. Keep it coming!!

    Jacob Palmer.

  • John Pattison

    Being a total optimist, I would say that CF’s third in a row for Brits is guaranteed if he achieves his peak form. He was the first rider in eons (discounting Armstrong) to actually WIN a TdF rather than the other contenders losing it. He went out and won it with sheer guts, i.e., not being afraid to attack and destroy the opposition when his team had given their all – just watch the Mont Ventoux stage again.

  • allons-y-pyrenees

    Looks like the tour in 2014 is going to be a good one and the Pyrenees are going to play a big part so hope the etape is in the Pyrenees.

  • Sam

    But you’d never want to be at that stage of a GT where you’re having to bank everything on no problems during the penultimate TT stage e.g. mechanical or a crash. Waaaaay too risky. You’d always be wanting to have a cushion and plan your race around trying to build up that cushion.

  • James

    Froome is the best time trialist out of the GC riders so why would he need a decent time gap before that flat TT stage. If anything he can afford to be, say, 2 minutes behind Quintana going into that stage and still win the race.

  • Jon Wood

    And what exactly is Froome’s type of course? He can match and beat the best climbers in the mountains, and trounce them in the TTs. So that’s all bases covered. If TTs are prominent the GC gap will be even bigger, so don’t expect too many.

  • Ken Evans

    Bergerac to Perigueux (time trial)—-in a straight line, this is about 40 Km (25 miles), but it could also be made longer, but there aren’t many hills in the area. Looks like Froome would need a decent time gap before this time trial, to be sure of winning. Presumably there will also be 2 rest-days, on Mondays as usual.