Le Tour de France 2017: 1st July – 23rd July 2017
104th Tour de France
The Tour de France will be from Saturday July 1st to Sunday July 23rd this year, as the race enters its 104th edition. The race will consist of 21 stages, covering 3,521km in total.
The 2017 edition is made up of:
- 9 flat stages
- 5 hilly stages
- 5 mountain stages including 4 summit finishes (La Planche des Belles Filles, Peyragudes and Izord)
- 2 individual time trial stages
- 2 rest days
New to the race: 10 new sites and stage cities
These include: Düsseldorf, Mondorf-les-Bains, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Nantua, Eymet, Laissac-Sévérac l’Église, Romans-sur-Isère, La Mure, Izoard and Salon-de-Provence.
Two of these stages pass close to several of the resorts offered by Peak Retreats:
- Stage 17 Wednesday, 19th July: La Mure - Serre Chevalier (183km)
This stage goes to the Col de Croix de Fer (which passes by St Sorlin d’Arves and St Jean d’Arves), Saint Jean de Maurienne/Saint Michel de Maurienne, then through the Col du Telegraphe and Col du Galibier (which passes through Valloire) and on to finish the stage in Serre Chevalier.
- Stage 18 Thursday, 20th July: Briancon - Izoard (178km)
This stage starts in Briancon.
You can view more details on the official Tour de France website: www.letour.fr
'Cycling in the French Alps' from publisher Cicerone is a helpful guide that may be worth acquiring if you're considering cycling this summer.