Tour de France 2017 route announced: France’s five mountain regions all feature

Penultimate stage moves away from Alpine summit finish in favour of 23km Marseille time trial

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.

– Etape du Tour 2017 route to finish with summit finish on Col d’Izoard –

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.

The 2017 Tour de France route covers France’s five mountain regions: the Alps, Pyrenees, Jura, Vosges and Central Massif

The queen stage takes place in the Jura, on stage nine, with the new climb of the Col de la Biche (10.5km at nine per cent), Grand Colombier (8.5km at 9.9 per cent) and Mont du Chat (8.7km at 10.3 per cent) all featuring – a total altitude gain of 4,600m.

The short 100km stage 13 from Saint-Girons to Foix on Bastille Day could catch some out in the mountains, with a route which includes the Mur de Peguere – a 9.3km climb with an average gradient of 7.9 per cent which belies the 18 per cent ramps of the final two kilometres.

Other mountain highlights include stage 17, from La Mure to Serre-Chevalier, which will tackle the Col de la Croix de Fer, Col du Telegraphe and Col du Galibier, before a descent to the finish.

The following day’s 178km stage, from Briancon to Izoard, finishes atop the 2,360m Col d’Izoard and will also be used as the route for the 2017 Etape du Tour. The final 66km section of the route will also be used for the 2017 La Course by Le Tour de France women’s race, which moves away from the Champs-Elysees for the first time.

Away from the mountains, several opportunities for the sprinters could see Mark Cavendish close in on Eddy Merckx’s record 34 stage wins.

Otherwise, the stage 20 time trial, in Marseille, will start and finish at the Orange Velodrome and offer a final chance for the likes of Froome to put time into his general classification rivals. The last time the Tour featured a time trial for its penultimate stage, Bradley Wiggins won in Chartres to all but seal victory in 2012.

Chris Froome was centre of attention at the 2017 Tour de France route announcement (Pic: Simon Wilkinson/

Back in 2012, the Tour route included some 53.5km of time trials, but the 2017 race includes just 36km across the two time trials in Dusseldorf and Marseille, through the latter will certainly still offer plenty of time to open or close any gaps before the processional finale in Paris on Sunday July 23.

For that finale, the Tour goes back to its routes, starting at Montgeron – where the first ever edition started in 1903 – and concluding, as ever, on the Champs-Elysees.

Tour de France 2017 route

Saturday July 1: stage one – Dusseldorf (GER), 13km Individual time trial
Sunday July 2: stage two – Dusseldorf (GER) to Liege (BEL), 202km
Monday July 3: stage three – Verviers (BEL) to Longwy, 202km
Tuesday July 4: stage four – Mondorf-les-Bains to Vittel, 203km
Wednesday July 5: stage five – Vittel to La Planche des Belles Filles, 160km
Thursday July 6: stage six – Vesoul to Troyes, 216km
Friday July 7: stage seven – Troyes to Nuits-Saint-Georges, 214km
Saturday July 8: stage eight – Dole to Station des Rousses, 187km
Sunday July 9: stage nine – Nantua to Chambery, 181km
Monday July 10: rest day
Tuesday July 11: stage ten – Perigueux to Bergerac, 178km
Wednesday July 12: stage 11 – Eymet to Pau, 202km
Thursday July 13: stage 12 – Pau to Peyregudes, 214km
Friday July 14: stage 13 – Saint Girons to Foix, 100km
Saturday July 15: stage 14 – Blagnac to Rodez, 181km
Sunday July 16: stage 15 – Laissac Severac l’Eglise to Le-Puy-en-Velay, 189km
Monday July 17: rest day
Tuesday July 18: stage 16 – Le Puy-en-Velay to Romans-sur-Isere, 165km
Wednesday July 19: stage 17 – La Mure to Serre-Chevalier, 183km
Thursday July 20: stage 18 – Briancon to Izoard, 178km
Friday July 21: stage 19 – Embrun to Salon-de-provence, 220km
Saturday July 22: stage 20 – Marseille, 23km individual time trial
Sunday July 23: stage 21 – Montgeron to Champs-Elysees (Paris), 103km

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