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The Tour de France - 2021

France's greatest sporting event

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Covid and the Tour de France 2021

Barring any unforeseen worsening of the Covid crisis, the 2021 Tour de France will take place at the normal time of year in 2021, starting on June 26th.  However, with many Covid restrictions still in place, it will not be "back to the good old days".  Social distancing measures will not have been lifted by summer 2021, so densely packed crowds will be discouraged all along the route, specially at the start and finish locations. Anyone planning to follow the Tour, or just to watch the riders and the caravan go by, is strongly advised to select a spot in the country, well away from the crowds.  With riders chasing glory over more than 3000 kilometres of French highways and byways,  there's no lack of choice. See stage details below
 
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A GUIDE TO THE ROUTE


  In 2021 the Tour de France will  take riders right  across France twice, once from the northwest to the Alps, and then from the Alps to the southwest, taking in some inevitable days of gruelling mountain roads in the Alps and the Pyrenees.
   The route is less hilly than in recent years, and notably than the 2020 event that included multiple stages across hilly parts of southern France.
   With four full days in Brittany, the Tour will spend as much time in this region in 2021 as it has in the previous seven years combined - adding to the region's attraction as an easily accessible tourist area in the age of Covid travel restrictions.
   The route also takes in the area of the Châteaux of the Loire, passing through some of the Loire valley vineyards and beside the fabulous Renaissance castle at Chenonceaux. Riders will pass through other vineyard areas between the Côtes du Rhône and Languedoc vineyards, and with a penultimate day where time trials follow a route ending in the bijou vineyard town of Saint Emilion.
  No vineyards on the final day, of course, which will take riders from Chatou, in the western suburbs of Paris, to the end of the race, a sprint up the Champs Elysées in Paris. 

Accommodation for the Tour de France
All hotel rooms in and around the start and finish points get booked up very fast by the teams and the media.
To avoid disappointment, check out available hotel rooms as soon as possible,  using the major online portals  booking.com  or Hotels.com

Tour de France 2021 -stage details  

The 2021 Tour de France starts on Saturday 26th June in Brest, a naval port in the west of Brittany
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Stage Date Day’s route (towns, regions) and terrain Length in Km.
1st stage Sat 26th June Brest to Landerneau (Brittany)
187
2nd Stage Sun 27th June Perros Guirec to Mur de Bretagne (Brittany) 182
3rd Stage Mon 28th June Lorient to Pontivy (Brittany) 182
4th stage Tues. 29th June Redon to Fougères (Brittany) 157
5th stage Wed 30th June Time trials: Changé to Laval (Pays de la Loire)
27
6th stage Thurs 1st July Tours to Chateauroux (Loire châteaux area)
144
7th stage Fri 2nd July Vierzon (Centre-Val-de-Loire) to Le Creusot (Burgundy)
248
8th stage Sat 3rd July Oyonnax to Le Grand Bornand  (Rhône-Alpes) 151
9th stage Sun 4th July Cluses to Tignes  (Rhône-Alpes) 145
Rest day Mon 5th July Rest day Tignes (Alps)
10th stage Tues 6th July Albertville to Valence  (Rhône-Alpes) 186
11th stage Wed 7th July Sorgues to Malaucène (Provence) 199
12th stage Thur 8th July Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Nimes (Languedoc) 161
13th stage Friday 9th July Nîmes to Carcassonne  220
14th stage Sat. 10th July Carcassonne to Quillan (Languedoc) 184
15th stage Sun 11th July (Pyrenees) Céret to Andorra 192
Rest day Mon 12th July Rest day -  Andorra
16th stage Tue 13th July Pas de la Case to Saint Gaudens (Pyrenees) 169
17th stage Wed 14th July Muret to Saint-Lary-Soulan (Pyrenees) 178
18th stage Thur 15th July Pau to Luz Ardiden (Pyrenees) 130
19th stage Fri 16th July Mourenx to Libourne (Nouvelle Aquitaine) 203
20th stage
Time trials
Sat 179th  July Time Trials: Libourne to Saint Emilion (Nouvelle Aquitaine) 31
21st Stage Sun 18th July Chatou  to  Paris - Champs Elysées 112


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For the record:
Routes of the
Tour de France 2008 : Tour de France 2009
Tour de France 2010  Tour de France 2011
Tour de France 2012   Tour de France 2013
Tour de France 2014   Tour de France 2015
Tour de France 2016   Tour de France 2017
Tour de France 2018   Tour de France 2019
Tour de France 2020

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