Tour de France 2017, the 104th edition of the French Grand Tour‘s route has been revealed by the ASO, the organizer of the race.

This year, there will be fewer time trials (no team trial and a short 13.8 km ITT on the opening day and another 23 km on the penultimate stage, a total of 33.8 km, see notes 1) and many famous climbs not included the route, for example there will be no Alpe d’Huez, no Mount Ventoux, etc.

Instead, the race organizers introduced many new climbs. Like the ones in the Vuelta a España, some of the climbs will be short-but-steep, and the mountain stages’ lengths are reduced.

These short stages are probably inspired by Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España – these grand tours have had many short mountain stages in recent years, which were full of action from the start (remember the 118.5 km stage 15 of Vuelta 2016, where Contador and Quintana joined the breakaway where Froome got isolated and lost 2:37 to Quintana).

The shortest stage of the last 30 editions of Tour (except the time trials and the prologues), the 13th stage between Saint-Girons and Foix, which is 100 km (62 mi) is another interesting aspect of this year’s race.

There will be only four (or three? if we count the stage eight, four) mountaintop finishes. Many mountain stages are finishing with long downhill and/or flat sections.

Tour de France 2017 Official Teaser

Tour de France 2017 Stage List

  1. Saturday, July 1: Dusseldorf – Dusseldorf (ITT), 13 km
  2. Sunday, July 2: Dusseldorf – Liege, 202 km
  3. Monday, July 3: Verviers – Longwy, 202 km
  4. Tuesday, July 4: Mondorf-Les-Bains – Vittel, 203 km
  5. Wednesday, July 5: Vittel – Planche des Belles Filles, 160 km (Summit finish)
Tour de France 2017 Stage 5 Profile
The first summit finish of the Tour de France 2017. The climb is rather short however it’s extremely demanding, especially on the final part. The gradients indeed reach 20%.
  1. Thursday, July 6: Vesoul – Troyes, 216 km
  2. Friday, July 7:Troyes – Nuit-Saint-Georges, 214 km
  3. Saturday, July 8: Dole – Station des Tousses, 187 km (Summit finish)
Tour de France 2017 Stage 8 Profile
Tour de France 2017 stage 8 profile: the last climb’s (Côte de la Combe de Laisia Les Molunes) summit is 11 km from the finish line.
  1. Sunday, July 9: Nantua – Chambery, 181 km

Rest day 1, Monday, July 10

  1. Tuesday, July 11: Perigueux – Bergerac, 178 km
  2. Wednesday, July 12: Eymet – Pau, 202 km
  3. Thursday, July 13: Pau – Peyragudes, 214 km (Summit finish)
Tour de France 2017 Stage 12 Profile
Tour de France 2017 stage 12 profile: the longest Pyrenean stage of the race. As kilometers are covered, it’ll only get harder with the climb up to the Col de Menté, even more, selective with the Port de Balès, and will become a real agony for the legs in the new final climb to Peyragudes. In the final kilometer, on the runway of the only airport of the Pyrenees, will be a passage at 16% over a distance of 200 meters.
  1. Friday, July 14: Saint-Girons – Foix, 100 km
Tour de France 2017 Stage 13 Profile
Tour de France 2017 stage 13 profile: the thirteenth stage is only 100 km, a short-but-tough which is inspired by the short, hard, full of action mountain stages of the Giro d’Italia and especially the Vuelta a España. The Col de Latrape followed by the Col d’Agnes and finally the Mur de Péguère and its gradients that can reach 18%.
  1. Saturday, July 15: Blagnac – Rodez, 181 km
  2. Sunday, July 16: Laissac-Severac L’Eglise – Le Puy-en-Velay
Tour de France 2017 Stage 15 Profile
Tour de France 2017 stage 15 profile: it is not a mountain stage but the journey through the Aubrac Plateau will be covered at an altitude of over 1000 meters for around fifty kilometers. Further away, the climb up to the Col de Peyra Taillade has gradients of 14% at some places. And that could certainly offer surprises when comes the time for a verdict in Le Puy-en-Velay.

Rest day 2, Monday, July 17

  1. Tuesday, July 18: Le Puy-en-Velay – Romans-Sur-Isere, 165 km
  2. Wednesday, July 19: La Mure – Serre-Chevalier, 183 km
Tour de France 2017 Stage 17 Profile
Tour de France 2017 stage 17 profile: the Col du Galibier is back after a 6-year absence. At 2,645 meters (8,678 ft), it is the ninth highest paved road in the Alps and the sixth highest mountain pass. It is often the highest point of the Tour de France. After the Galibier, there will be an 18 km fast downhill to the finish line.
  1. Thursday, July 20: Briancon – Izoard, 178 km
Tour de France 2017 Stage 18 Profile
Tour de France 2017 stage 18 profile: it’ll be the final battle between the climbers and the general classification contenders. The last ten kilometers before the summit of the Izoard are at an average gradient of 9%.
  1. Friday, July 21: Embrun – Salon-de-Provence, 220 km
  2. Saturday, July 22: Marseille – Marseille (ITT), 23 km
  3. Sunday, July 23: Montgeron – Paris Champs-Élysées, 105 km
Tour de France 2017 map
Tour de France 2017 route

Notes

  1. Time trials of the last 11 Tours:
    • 2006: No Team Time Trial, a 7.1 km (4.41 mi) prologue, two individual time trial stages: 52 km (32.31 mi) and 57 km (35.42 mi), Total: 116.1 km (72.14 mi)
    • 2007: No Team Time Trial, a 7.9 km (4.91 mi) prologue, two individual time trial stages: 54 km (33.55 mi) and 55.5 km (34.49 mi), Total: 117.4 km (72.95 mi)
    • 2008: No Team Time Trial, two individual time trial stages: 29.5 km (18.33 mi) and 53 km (32.93 mi), Total: 82.5 km (51.26 mi)
    • 2009: A 39 km (24.23 mi) Team Time Trial, two individual time trial stages: 15.5 km (9.63 mi) and 40.5 km (25.17 mi), Total: 95 km (59.03 mi)
    • 2010: No Team Time Trial, a 8.9 km (5.53 mi) prologue, an individual time trial stage: 52 km (32.31 mi), Total: 60.9 km (37.84 mi)
    • 2011: A 23 km (14.29 mi) Team Time Trial, an individual time trial stage: 42.5 km (26.41 mi), Total: 65.5 km (40.70 mi)
    • 2012: No Team Time Trial, a 6.4 km (3.98 mi) prologue, two individual time trial stages: 41.5 km (25.79 mi) and 53.5 km (33.24 mi), Total: 101.4 km (63 mi)
    • 2013: A 25 km (15.53 mi) Team Time Trial, two individual time trial stages: 33 km (20.51 mi) and 32 km (19.88 mi), Total: 90 km (55.92 mi)
    • 2014: No Team Time Trial, an individual time trial stage: 54 km (33.55 mi), Total: 54 km (33.55 mi)
    • 2015: A 28 km (17.40 mi) Team Time Trial, an individual time trial stage: 13.8 km (8.57 mi), Total: 41.8 km (25.97 mi)
    • 2016: No Team Time Trial, two individual time trial stages: 37.5 km (23.30 mi) and 17 km (10.56 mi) (mountain), Total: 54.5 km (33.86 mi)

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