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TdF 2012 Route

December 7, 2011 Leave a comment

The route for the 2012 Tour de France was announced on October 18. I’ve been asleep at the handlebars. Sorry about that. When I read this morning of yesterday’s announcement that the opening stages of TdF 2013 will be in Corsica, I realized I must have missed something. That led me to the TdF website and this coming year’s route.

I was pleased to see the return of two individual time trials. A Tour with only one, as happened last summer, doesn’t feel right. The first time trial will be a 38k ride into Besançon just before the midpoint of the tour. The second, a 52k ride into Chartres, will be held on the Tour’s penultimate day, the norm of late. As you can see on the map, the Tour will start in Belgium, finish one of its Alpine days in Switzerland, and load up the last week with some tough days in the Pyrenees before a flat day and the Chartres time trial. I don’t have much to say, having just begun a study of the route.

As for Corsica, you can see it in the lower right corner of the map above, looking a bit forlorn. But what a contrast 2013 will be, with Corsica taking center stage. In the announcement, Tour director Christian Prudhomme explained that “to launch the hundredth edition of the Tour in a memorable, exceptional and spectacular way, Corsica will host the race start, a first in its history.” Perhaps a trip will be in order.

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