|Descent from the Col du Galibier
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1. Vincenzo Nibali - ITA
2. Jean-Christophe Péraud
Pinot - FRA
Valverde - ESP
5 . Tejay Van Garderen - USA
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Descent from the Col d'Izoard, high point of the Tour, stage 14
Carcassonne - start of stage 22
Périgueux - finish of stage 26
greatest sporting event
de France 2015 - North and South
The route of the Tour de France 2015 has been announced. And it's an
unusual route.... hardly a tour of France. Apart from the final Paris
leg, riders will not see anything of France between Brittany and the
Pyrenees, or between Amiens and the Alps. Apart from stages
13 to 16, riders will spend almost all their time less than fifty miles
from the northern French coast, or from the Spanish or Italian borders.
After starting on 4th July in Utrecht, Holland,
and after a brief incursion inland in Belgium, the northern stages of
the race are limited to the regions bordering on France's northern
From the stage finish on 7th July in Cambrai, near
the Belgian border, riders will move generally southwest as far as
Vannes in Brittany, reached on 12th July; and that is the end of events
as far as the northern half of France is concerned – barring
of course the final sprint to the finish on the Champs
Elysées in Paris.
From 14th to 25th July 2015, the Tour de France is a "Tour
du Midi", or tour of the south of France. Three days in and around the
Pyrenees are followed by four days crossing over the southern fringe of
the Massif Central, via Rodez Mende and Valence, to the Alps.
Then four days in the Alps, after which riders fly back to Paris for
the final day's sprint.
Essential stage details below: more details
Tour de France route map by About-France.com.
stage areas for regional tourism information .
permitted only by permission.
Tour de France is a north and south event which will give plenty of
opportunities to the hill-climbers. Seven of the Tour's 21 stages are
mountain stages, taking in some of the highest passes in the Pyrenees
and the Alps, including the Col du Grand Galibier, at 2642 metres.
details coming shortly.
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