Tour de France 2014 Route Unveiled Yesterday in Paris!
What better time than now to start planning your next summer cycling vacation to the Tour de France with Trek Travel? Whether you enjoy the rolling green hills and royal estates of Yorkshire’s countryside, the challenging terrain of famed cobbles in Flanders in Belgium, or the steep mountain passes of the Vosges, Alps, and Pyrenees, join Trek Travel for an unforgettable experience.
Trek Travel was in Paris yesterday at the announcement of this year’s Tour route. This is the cycling world’s red carpet event, hosted by the Amaury Sport Organization, owners and organizers of the Tour de France (TDF). Some of famous names attending this year included Christopher Froome, Mark Cavendish, Rui Costa, Marcel Kittel, Alberto Contador, Thomas Voekler, Christophe Riblon, Jens Voigt, and past greats like Bernard Hinault.
This year’s route promises challenges throughout all three weeks. After the Grand Départ with three stages in Yorkshire, the Tour will enter Flanders in Belgium and will pay tribute to the 100th year since the start of World War I. Stage 5 will start in Ypres, in Flanders, an area famous for intense fighting between the Germans and Allied Forces. This stage will also feature 15.2 km of cobblestones which are expected to potentially wreak havoc in the peloton during the first week of racing.
The route will then continue onto Reims, the champagne capital of France, then into eastern France to Nancy and then into the Vosges mountains. This is where the peloton will experience one of the hardest climbing days in the Tour on Stage 10, with 6 climbs. Eleven of the Tour’s 25 climbs will be in the Vosges. The route then continues to the Alps, then through Provence and the Pyrenees. In the Pyrenees, the Tour route will dip into Spain on Stage 17 but will return to a mountain top finish on Pla d’Adet (famous for the July 15, 1974, when 38-year-old Raymond Poulidor beat Eddy Merckx!) One day before the finale in Paris, (just to add more French drama) a long 54km individual time-trial (ITT) from Bergerac to Périgueux, the only ITT in the Tour, may decide the Tour winner.
Sound tempting? Stay tuned for our Tour de France 2014 brand-new itineraries and dates coming soon. Start planning which Tour stages you’d like to ride!
The highlights of the 2014 Tour route at-a-glance:
Saturday, July 5th to Sunday, July 27th 2014, the 101st Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3656 km.
- 3 countries (Great Britain, Belgium, Spain)
- Northern most start in history of TDF will be Yorkshire, southern most start in history of TDF was the 2013 start in Corsica
- 9 flat stages
- 5 hill stages
- 6 mountain stages and 5 summit/altitude finishes
- 4 medium mountain stages
- 1 individual time trial (54km), the day before the finale in Paris
- 2 rest days in Besançon and Carcassonne
- A taste of the Classics and cobblestones (nine sections during Stage 5 from Ypres-Arenberg Porte du Hainaut over a distance of 15.2 kilometers)
- 3 Mountain ranges included: Vosges, Alps, and Pyrenees
- 25 level 1, level 2 and hc mountain passes divided geographically as follows: 1 in Yorkshire, 11 in Vosges, 5 in Alps, 8 in Pyrenees (there were 28 in 2013’s TDF)
- 1 long individual time-trial of 54km on July 26, 2014 between Bergerac and Périgueux
- 9 new stage cities: Leeds, Harrogate, York, Sheffield, Cambridge, Ypres, Oyonnax, Risoul, Maubourguet Pays du Val d’Adour
See what Jens has to say. Courtesy of Cyclingnews.com