There’s something comforting about the the Tour de France. Every year the same rituals and routines, whether pre-race previews, the familiar stage towns, the peloton riding past sunflowers… and Mark Cavendish winning stages.
A sprint stage on paper but beware the crosswinds today and there are some very awkward roads with little room to spare.
A likely sprint stage but a tough course with plenty of small climbs including one 16km from the finish. Watch out for the gusting wind.
The Mont Ventoux stage with two ascents of the giant mountain. Today’s stage will attract a lot of hype and myth but there’s no escaping the difficulty of the route.
A sprint stage as the race leaves the Alps. The latter part of the race has some exposed roads and it can be windy but the latest forecast says it’ll be calm.
The second day in the Alps and a more mountainous stage than yesterday, an extra one thousand metres of vertical gain, all in 145km.
The Tour goes into the Alps with a tough trilogy of climbs in the final 50km.
The longest stage of the Tour and a hard final hour in the Morvan’s mini-mountains before the finish in the industrial town of Le Creusot.
What’s the difference between a mountain and a hill? Geologists and cartographers might have their definitions and some say it’s just a question of semantics. Visit the Morvan, France’s smallest mountain range, and it does have that mountainous feel, there’s a sense of scale, severity and menace. When the Tour de France route was unveiled last year the Signal d’Uchon was one of the novelties presented and it will feature late on Stage 7. Let’s take a closer look…
A sprint in Châteauroux.