The 2015 Tour de France route was revealed this morning at the Palais des Congrès in Paris. The 102nd edition of the TdF will, say organisers, ‘…offers its riders a challenge that invites daring and will leave its television viewers in a state of uncertainty regarding the scenarios to consider.’
The race will begin in Utrecht in the Netherlands, the 21st time it has started outside of France and this year will feature just 14k of Individual Time Trial, the shortest distance since the introduction of the ITT in 1947. The only Team Trial will come on Stage 10.
The Pyrenees will feature for three days of racing – July 14-16 – and will be followed by a further three days across the southern edge of the Massif Central from July 17 to 19, whilst the penultimate day (a 110k stage) will finish atop the impressive Alpe d’Huez.
In total the 21 stages will cover a distance of 3,344km, with seven mountain stages with five summit finishes. There are nine flat stages and three hilly. As always the TdF will conclude on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Further details on the 2015 Tour de France at letour.com