2017 Race Info
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-trials 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
||Date - July
||Start and Finish
> La planche des belles filles
> Station des rousses
l'Église > Le Puy-en-Velay
Puy-en-Velay (Rest Day)
Puy-en-Velay > Romans-sur-Isère
Mure > Serre-Chevalier
> Paris Champs-Élysées
WHAT IS THERE TO WIN?
In the pack of 198 riders, there are many different objectives,
depending on the temperament, qualities and missions of each rider. The
most collective of individual sports involves the majority of them in
multi-layered strategies. The distinctive jerseys and other goals to be
achieved during the 3 weeks of racing are listed below.
• Stage victories
The 21 stages of Le Tour 2014 are divided up as follows: 9 flat stages,
5 hilly stages, 6 mountain stages with 5 high-altitude finishes, and 1
individual time-trial stage.
The stage victory has been sponsored by Powerbar.
• The Yellow Jersey
It is worn by the leader of the general individual time classification.
The Yellow Jersey has been sponsored by LCL since 1987.
• The Green Jersey
It is worn by the leader of the points classification. The points are
won on the intermediate sprints and at the stage.
The Green Jersey has been sponsored by PMU since 1992.
• The Red Polka Dot Jersey
It is worn by the best climber. Points for the best climber
classification are awarded at the top of any classified slope. The
prize money is doubled on the four stage finishes that will take place
at the summit of climbs.
The Polka Dot Jersey has been sponsored by Carrefour.
• The White Jersey
It is worn by the best young rider aged 25 years old or less in the
general individual time classification. The White Jersey has been
sponsored by Škoda since 2004.
• The Combativity Award
This distinction is awarded at the end of each stage by a jury made up
of eight cycling specialists. An overall winner is designated after the
last stage of Le Tour.
The Most aggressive rider Prize has been sponsored by Antargaz since
• The team classification
This classification is determined by adding the times of the best three
riders of each team in each stage (except for the team time-trial).
• Only one time-trial
There will only be one time-trial stage during the 2014 Tour. It will
take place on Saturday the 26th of July, between Bergerac and
Périgueux, on a distance of 54 kilometres on the eve of the final
arrival in Paris.
• No bonus seconds
For this 2014 edition, no bonus seconds will be up for grabs at the
intermediate sprints and the stage finishes. Real time will be the
• Points distribution
The Green Jersey will be rewarded to the points’ classification leader.
Points will be given out at the finish of each stage and at a single
intermediate sprint on each of the normal road stages.
The Polka-Dot Jersey will be worn by the leader of the best climbers’
classification. Points will be given at the top of each mountain and
hill. They will be doubled for the mountain-top finishes (La Planche
des Belles Filles, Chamrousse, Risoul, Saint-Lary-Soulan, Hautacam).
• Helmets must be worn at all times
All riders must wear a helmet for the entire duration of each stage and
on 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 which they belonged to. This rule is not applicable in time-trial
stages and stages that finish at the summit of a climb.
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
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
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
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
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).