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2017 Race Info


THE ROUTE

Running from Saturday July 1st to Sunday July 23rd 2017, the 104th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,521 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-trial stages
  • 2 rest days

10 NEW SITES AND STAGE CITIES

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)

FULL RACE MAP

For an image of the full route, click here

2016 STAGES DETAILS

Stage Date - July Start and Finish Distance Images
1 Sat, 1 Düsseldorf > Düsseldorf (Idividual Time Trial) 14km Profile
2 Sun, 2 Düsseldorf > Liège 206km Profile
3 Mon, 3 Verviers > Longwy 202km
Profile
4 Tues, 4 Mondorf-les-Bains > Vittel 203km Profile
5 Wed, 5 Vittel > La planche des belles filles 160km Profile
6 Thurs, 6 Vesoul > Troyes 216km Profile
7 Fri, 7 Troyes > Nuits-Saint-Georges 214km Profile
8 Sat, 8 Dole > Station des rousses 187km Profile
9 Sun, 8 Nantua > Chambéry 181km Profile
R Mon, 10 ADordogne(Rest Day)
10 Tues, 11 Périgueux > Bergerac 178km Profile
11 Wed, 12 Eymet > Pau 202km Profile
12 Thurs, 13 Pau > Peyragudes 214km
Profile
13 Fri, 14 Saint-Girons > Foix 100km
Profile
14 Sat, 15 Blagnac > Rodez 181km Profile
15 Sun, 16 Laissac-Sévérac l'Église > Le Puy-en-Velay 189km Profile
R Mon, 17 Le Puy-en-Velay (Rest Day)
16 Tues, 18 Le Puy-en-Velay > Romans-sur-Isère 165km Profile
17 Wed, 19 La Mure > Serre-Chevalier 183km Profile
18 Thurs, 20 Briançon > Izoard 178km Profile
19 Fri, 21 Embrun > Salon-de-Provence 220km Profile
20 Sat, 22 Marseille > Marseille (Idividual Time Trial)
23km Profile
21 Sun, 23 Montgeron > Paris Champs-Élysées 105km Profile


THE TEAMS

TEAM RIDERS

AG2R La Mondiale (FRA)

– confirmed start list

Jan Bakelants (BEL), Romain Bardet (FRA), Axel Domont (FRA), Mathias Frank (SWI), Ben Gastauer (LUX), Cyril Gautier (FRA), Pierre Latour (FRA), Oliver Naesen (BEL), Alexis Vuillermoz (FRA)

Astana Pro Team (KAZ)

– confirmed start list

Fabio Aru (ITA), Dario Cataldo (ITA), Jakob Fuglsang (DEN), Andriy Grivko (Ukr), Dmitriy Gruzdev (KAZ), Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (KAZ), Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ), Michael Valgren (DEN), Andrey Zeits (KAZ)

Bahrain-Merida (BHR)

– confirmed start list

Yukiya Arashiro (JPN), Grega Bole (SLO), Borut Bozic (SLO), Janez Brajkovic (SLO), Ondrej Cink (CZE), Sonny Colbrelli (ITA), Tsgabu Grmay (ETH), Ion Izagirre (ESP), Javier Moreno (ESP)

BMC Racing Team (USA)

– confirmed start list

Richie Porte (AUS), Damiano Caruso (ITA), Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Stefan Kueng (SUI), Amael Moinard (FRA), Nicolas Roche (IRL), Michael Schaer (SUI), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Danilo Wyss (SUI)

Bora-Hansgrohe (GER)

– confirmed start list

Emanuel Buchmann (GER), Marcus Burghardt (GER), Rüdiger Selig (GER), Peter Sagan (SLO), Juraj Sagan (SLO), Rafal Majka (POL), Maciej Bodnar (POL), Pawel Poljanski (POL), Jay McCarthy (AUS)

Cannondale Drapac Professional Cycling (USA)

– confirmed start list

Pierre Rolland (FRA), Alberto Bettiol (ITA), Patrick Bevin (NZL), Nathan Brown (USA), Simon Clarke (AUS), Taylor Phinney (USA), Andrew Talansky (USA), Rigoberto Uran (COL), Dylan van Baarle (NED)

Cofidis, Solutions Credits (FRA)

– confirmed start list

Nacer Bouhanni (FRA), Dimitri Claeys (BEL), Christophe Laporte (FRA), Cyril Lemoine (FRA), Luis Angel Maté (ESP), Daniel Navarro (ESP), Florian Sénéchal (FRA), Julien Simon (FRA), Geoffrey Soupe (FRA)

Direct Energie (FRA)

– confirmed start list

Thomas Boudat (FRA), Lilian Calmejane (FRA), Sylvain Chavanel (FRA), Yohann Gène (FRA), Adrien Petit (FRA), Perrig Quéméneur (FRA), Romain Sicard (FRA), Angelo Tulik (FRA), Thomas Voeckler (FRA)

FDJ (FRA)

– confirmed start list

Arnaud Démare (FRA), Davide Cimolai (ITA), Mickaël Delage (FRA), Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA), Ignatas Konovalovas (LTU), Olivier Le Gac (FRA), Rudy Molard (FRA), Thibaut Pinot (FRA), Arthur Vichot (FRA)

Fortuneo-Vital Concept (FRA)

– confirmed start list

Maxime Bouet (FRA), Brice Feillu (FRA), Élie Gesbert (FRA), Romain Hardy (FRA), Dan McLay (GBR), Pierre-Luc Périchon (FRA), Laurent Pichon (FRA), Eduardo Sepúlveda (ARG), Florian Vachon (FRA)

Lotto-Soudal (BEL)

– confirmed start list

Lars Bak (DEN), Tiesj Benoot (BEL), Thomas De Gendt (BEL), Tony Gallopin (FRA), André Greipel (GER), Adam Hansen (AUS), Jürgen Roelandts (BEL), Marcel Sieberg (GER), Tim Wellens (BEL)

Movistar Team (ESP)

– confirmed start list

Nairo Quintana (COL), Alejandro Valverde (ESP), Andrey Amador (CRC), Daniele Bennati (ITA), Carlos Betancur (COL), Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP), Imanol Erviti (ESP), Jesus Herrada (ESP), Jasha Sütterlin (GER)

Orica-Scott (AUS)

– confirmed start list

Michael Albasini (SWI), Esteban Chaves (Col), Luke Durbridge (AUS), Mathew Hayman (AUS), Damien Howson (AUS), Daryl Impey (SA), Jens Keukeleire (BEL), Roman Kreuziger (Cze), Simon Yates (GBR)

Quick-Step Floors (BEL)

– confirmed start list

Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Jack Bauer (NZL), Gianluca Brambilla (ITA), Marcel Kittel (GER), Dan Martin (IRL), Fabio Sabatini (ITA), Zdenek Stybar (CZE), Matteo Trentin (ITA), Julien Vermote (BEL)

TEAM DIMENSION DATA (RSA)

– confirmed start list

Mark Cavendish (GBR), Steve Cummings (GBR), Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (RSA), Jaco Venter (RSA), Scott Thwaites (GBR), Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR), Bernhard Eisel (AUT), Mark Renshaw (AUS), Serge Pauwels (BEL)

Team Katusha Alpecin (SUI)

– confirmed start list

Tony Martin (GER), Alexander Kristoff (NOR), Marco Haller (AUT), Reto Hollenstein (SUI), Robert Kiserlovski (CRO), Maurits Lammertink (NED), Tiago Machado (POR), Nils Politt (GER), Rick Zabel (GER)

Team LottoNL-Jumbo (NED)

– confirmed start list

George Bennett (NZL), Robert Gesink (NED), Dylan Groenewegen (NED), Tom Leezer (NED), Paul Martens (GER), Primoz Roglic (Slo), Timo Roosen (NED), Jos van Emden (NED), Robert Wagner (GER)

Team SKY (GBR)

– confirmed start list

Chris Froome (GBR), Michel Landa (SPA), Mikel Nieve (SPA), Sergio Henao (COL), Geraint Thomas (GBR), Michal Kwiatkowski (POL), Vasil Kiryienka (BEL), Christian Knees (GER), Luke Rowe (GBR)

Team Sunweb (NED)

– confirmed start list

Nikias Arndt (GER), Warren Barguil (FRA), Roy Curvers (NED), Simon Geschke (GER), Michael Matthews (AUS), Ramon Sinkeldam (NED), Laurens ten Dam (NED), Mike Teunissen (NED), Albert Timmer (NED)

Trek-Segafredo (USA)

– confirmed start list

Haimar Zubeldia (SPA), Alberto Contador (ESP), John Degenkolb (GER), Koen De Kort (NED), Fabio Felline (ITA), Michael Gogl (AUT), Markel Irizar (ESP), Bauke Mollema (NED), Jarlinson Pantano (COL)

UAE Team Emirates (UAE)

– confirmed start list

Darwin Atapuma (Col), Matteo Bono (ITA), Kristijan Durasek (Cro), Vegard Stake Laengen (NOR), Mori Manuele (ITA), Marco Marcato (ITA), Louis Meintjes (RSA), Ben Swift (GBR), Diego Ulissi (ITA)

Wanty-Group Gober (BEL)

– confirmed start list

Frederik Backaert (BEL), Thomas Degand (BEL), Guillaume Martin (FRA), Marco Minnaard (NED), Yoann Offredo (FRA), Andrea Pasqualon (ITA), Dion Smith (NZL), Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL), Pieter Vanspeybrouck (BEL)


WHAT IS THERE TO WIN?

The rules are the Bible of a sporting competition. Their balance and rigour are intended to ensure equal opportunities, motivate riders and help spectators and viewers alike to understand the event. Here is an outline of the main points.
Prize money: a total of around 2.2 million Euros will be awarded and given out to the teams and the riders, including 500 000 Euros to the winner of the final individual general classification.

THE STAKES

A wide range of objectives coexist in the 198-strong peloton, depending on each rider's disposition, strong points and assigned tasks. The most team-oriented of individual sports gives the majority of them a role in multi-layered strategies. The distinctive jerseys and other honours up for grabs during the 3 weeks of racing are listed below.

Stage victories

The 21 stages of the 2017 Tour can be broken down as follows: 9 flat stages, 5 hilly stages, 5 mountain stages and 2 individual time trials.
Stage victories are sponsored by PowerBar.

The Yellow Jersey

This jersey is worn by the leader of the general time classification.
The yellow jersey is sponsored by LCL.

The Green Jersey

This jersey is worn by the leader of the general points classification. Points are awarded at the intermediate sprint in each mass-start stage and the finish of each stage.
The green jersey is sponsored by Škoda.

The Red Polka Dot Jersey

This jersey is worn by the best climber in the general classification. Mountain points are awarded at the top of every categorised climb. The points for a summit finish are doubled.
The red polka-dot jersey is sponsored by Carrefour.

The White Jersey

This jersey is worn by the best young rider (age 25 or under in the current year) in the general classification.
The white jersey is sponsored by Krys.

The Combativity Award

This distinction is awarded at the end of each stage by a jury made up of cycling specialists. An overall winner is designated after the last stage of Le Tour. The winner wears red-coloured race numbers in the next stage.
The combativity award is sponsored by Antargaz.

The team classification

This classification is calculated by adding the times of each team's three best riders on each stage. Riders in the team leading the classification wear yellow helmets and race numbers.
The team classification is sponsored by RAGT Semences.

Seconds up for grabs

Time bonuses are awarded at the end of every mass-start stage (i.e. no time bonuses on offer in individual and team time trials). The first three riders get 10, 6 and 4 seconds, respectively.

Mandatory helmet use

All cyclists are required to wear helmets throughout the duration of each stage.

Falls in the last three kilometres

As has been the case since 2005, riders involved in a fall in the last three kilometres of a stage are given the same finishing time as the group they were riding in. Time trial stages and summit finishes are not covered by this rule.


Tourde France FAQs

Q: Why is the Tour overall leader's jersey yellow?

A: In 1919, Tour organisers decided the race leader should wear a special jersey making him easy to identify by spectators. They picked yellow as it was the colour of the paper on which L'Auto, the sports daily sponsoring the race, was printed.

Q: What is the green jersey?

A: It is the jersey awarded for the points classification and a great consolation prize for sprinters as they usually win more stages, albeit by a slimmer margin.

Points are awarded to the top 20 finishers in each stage; the rider finishing with the most points wins the jersey. The record green jersey winner is German Erik Zabel, who won it six times.

It was introduced 60 years ago to spice up the race.

Q: What is the polka dot jersey?

A: It is the jersey awarded to the best climber of the Tour or 'King of the Mountains'. Points are awarded at the top of each hill or mountain, which are rated from fourth to first category depending on their difficulty. Some exceptionally tough climbs, such as l'Alpe d'Huez or Mont Ventoux, are rated "hors categorie" (out of category).

The polka dot design was chosen as it was the same as one of the jersey's sponsors. The record winner of the King of the Mountains jersey is Frenchman Richard Virenque, who earned it seven times.

Q: Why do riders often finish in the same time?

A: Because only seconds are taken into account in the overall standings and not fractions of seconds. It is the convention in road cycling that all the riders included in the same group are given the same time on the finish line regardless of whether they are at the front or the back.

Another rule, applying only to flat stages, states that a rider who crashes in the last three kilometres will be awarded the same time as the group he was in before crashing.

Q: Cycling is an individual sport so why are there teams?

A: The Tour is raced by 20 teams of nine riders. Each team usually includes a leader - the man with the best chance for the final classification - sprinters, climbers and every type of rider who can help the team to win a stage, take a jersey and bring home prize money.

When some 200 competitors are cycling in a bunch at around 50 kph, the riders at the front waste much more energy than the ones immediately behind, who are sheltered from the headwind.

This is why team mates are often seen riding ahead of their leader - they are protecting him from the wind.

Team mates often act for their leaders in other ways, passing on one of their wheels if he punctures or picking up bottles and bags at the feeding zone.

Q: What is a "bordure"?

A: Also called an echelon, it is one of the nightmares of the peloton. When the wind is strong and blowing sideways, it can split the riders into little groups which are no longer sheltered inside the main bunch. They lose contact, find themselves on the most exposed side of the road and can lose considerable time. It happened to Alberto Contador in 2010 in a stage finish in La Grande Motte.

Q: What is the "omnibus?"

A: Also called the "gruppetto" (Italian for small group), it is the group formed by poor climbers in the mountain stages to help each other make it to the finish line at a reasonable pace, but inside the time limits.

Q: How do riders pee?

A: Spending some five hours on the bike, riders sometimes have to urinate during a stage. If the race is raging at full speed, riders do so on their bikes but most of the time they stop early in the stage when the pace is leisurely.

It is an unwritten rule of the peloton that you do not attack when a rider or a group has stopped to urinate.

Q: What is a domestique?

A: A domestique, or "gregario" is a rider who is not allowed any personal ambition on the race. He is picked for his ability to set the pace, suffer to the limit and drop out when his task is done. He is also expected to slide to the back of the bunch to fetch bottles, give his bike to his leader if necessary. Some riders, like Alberto Contador, have long-time, dedicated domestiques (or gregari).

from Reuters

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