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Tour de France 2017 - Highlighting Some Of The Best Cycling In France

Over the course of the tour, we’ll give you an overview of the best cycling in each region the Tour visits. And at the end of the tour, we’ll share GPS files for each stage (as we did for the Giro), so you can ride parts of the route yourself. For the time being, here’s a quick overview of the full route, and our pick of the best areas for cycling in this year’s tour

Historically, the Tour was a full lap of France – just check out the 1927 Tour route map. Race organisers, however, while trying to take in as many regions of France as possible, now build the route around racing potential. This makes picking the best cycling quite difficult…

Kicking off in Dusseldorf, Germany, the race spends most of its time in the East, South-East, and South of France, before a long transfer up to Paris for the final day. A mix of flat, hilly and mountainous stages line the route, through vineyards, sunflowers and ski stations. So whatever you are looking for in a cycling trip, look no further for some inspiration!

The Alps

Best For: Mountain Goats (Climbers)

Highlights: Some of the most infamous climbs of the Tour: Col du Telegraphe, Col du Galibier, Col de la Croix de Fer, Col d’Izoard

Stages To Watch:  Stage 9 (Nantau to Chambery) – Three HC climbs, following an uphill start, this stage will test the best climbers in the peloton, and is likely where we’ll see the time gaps start to open amongst the main contenders.

Stage 17 (La Mure to Serre Chevalier) – A selection of some of the finest climbs in the Alps. Starting with the tough Croix de Fer, the real test will be the Télégraphe-Galibier combo.


Best For: Wine Loving cyclists.

Highlights: The many beautiful chateau and vineyards dotted throughout the region

Stage To Watch: Stage 7 (Troyes to Nuits-Saint-Georges) – a race across wine country. Not only will this be a visual spectacle, but if winds are high – the exposed roads through the vineyards could cause some exciting echelons.

The Vosges / Alsace-Lorraine:

Best For: Rouleurs, and any outdoor enthusiasts – the scenery here is stunning.

Highlights: The steep climb of the Planche des Belles Filles (and at other mid-level Ski Stations). You don’t just have to go up: the 100s of km of cycling trails around the area are also worth exploring.

Stage To Watch: Stage 5 (Vittel to La Planche des Belles FIlles) – the first summit finish of the race. Will Chris Froome repeat his storming ride of 2012 (where he won the stage and burst on to the scene, when working for Bradley Wiggins?)

The Côte d’Azur / Marseilles

Best For: The cyclist with refined tastes…

Highlights: The coast of the Côte d’Azur is simply stunning. A short trip from Marseilles, you’ll have beautiful sea and beaches to explore, and some testing climbs, too. Look out for our piece on the cycling here, later in the year.

Stage To Watch: Stage 20 – the final ITT in Marseilles. If the racing comes down to the wire, this will be the deciding stage. Definitely one to watch.


Stage Date Start - Finish Region (Link To Bike Hire) Type of Stage Distance
1 01 July 2017 Düsseldorf North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany) ITT 14km
2 02 July 2017 Düsseldorf - Liège North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany) Flat 203.5km
3 03 July 2017 Verviers - Longwy Alsace & Lorraine Hilly 212.5km
4 04 July 2017 Mondorf les Bains - Vittel Alsace & Lorraine Flat 207.5km
5 05 July 2017 Vittel - La Plance des Belles Filles Vosges (Alsace & Lorraine) Hilly 160.5km
6 06 July 2017 Vesoul - Troyes Burgundy Flat 216km
7 07 July 2017 Troyes - Nuits Saint Georges Burgundy Flat 213.5km
8 08 July 2017 Dole - Station des Rousses The Alps Mountains 187.5km
9 09 July 2017 Nantua - Chambery The Alps Mountains 181.5km
- 10 July 2017 Rest Day - - -
10 11 July 2017 Périgueux – Bergerac The Dordogne Flat 178km
11 12 July 2017 Eymet – Pau Languedoc - The Pyrenees Flat 203.5km
12 13 July 2017 Pau – Peyragudes  The Pyrenees Mountains 214.5km
13 14 July 2017 Saint Girons – Foix  The Pyrenees Mountains 101km
14 15 July 2017 Blagnac – Rodez  Languedoc Hilly 181.5km
15 16 July 2017 Laissac Sévérac l’Église – Le Puy en Velay The Massif Central Mid-Mountains 189.5km
- 17 July 2017 Rest Day - - -
16 18 July 2017 Le Puy en Velay – Romans sur Isère The Massif Central Hilly 165km
17 19 July 2017 La Mure – Serre Chevalier The Alps Mountains 183km
18 20 July 2017 Briançon – Col d’Izoard The Alps Mountains 179.5km
19 21 July 2017 Embrun – Salon de Provence  Provence Flat 222.5km
20 22 July 2017 Marseille The Côte d’Azur ITT 22.5km
21 23 July 2017 Montgeron – Paris Paris Flat 103km

Henry: 30th Jun 2017 16:03:00