The 2017 Tour de France will visit all five of France’s mountain regions and include the first-ever summit finish on the iconic Col d’Izoard, while the penultimate stage will be a 23km individual time trial in Marseille, organisers ASO confirmed today.
Other summit finishes also include La Planche des Belles Filles, where defending champion Chris Froome won his first ever Tour stage back in 2012. Meanwhile, one of the Tour’s most famous climbs, the Col du Galibier, returns to the race for the first time since 2011.
Froome and 2016 white jersey winner Adam Yates were among the guests in attendance at the Palais des Congres for the route presentation, where Tour director Christian Prudhomme presented the parcours.
Dusseldorf had already been confirmed as host for the Grand Depart in 2017, after London withdrew its bid at a late stage, and the German city is set to kick off proceedings with an 13km time trial on Saturday July 1.
The peloton will then travel through both Belgium and Luxembourg, and take in all five mountain regions of France for the first time in 25 years, before the arrival into Paris on Sunday July 23.
Intense mountain stages are the order of the day for next year’s Tour, with the Vosges, Jura, Pyrennees, Central Massif and Alps all covered.