A double ascent of the iconic Mont Ventoux is among the highlights of this year’s Tour de France , which starts in Brest on Saturday 26 June
After a climb-heavy route with only one (uphill) time trial in 2020, a more traditional-looking course was revealed by Tour organisers for 2021, with three summit finishes and two time trials in the race.
In total there is 58km of time trialling , split between stages five and 20 – the most kilometres against the clock since 2013.
Mont Ventoux will be tackled twice on stage 11, while the race features summit finishes at Tignes, Col du Portet and Luz-Ardiden. 2021 Tour de France route in numbers
8 flat stages
5 hilly stages
6 mountain stages 2 ascents of Mont Ventoux 3 summit finishes (Tignes, Saint-Lary-Soulan Col du Portet, Luz Ardiden) 2 individual time trials 58km of time trials 2 rest days 248km – longest stage since 2000 (stage eight, Vierzon to Le Creusot) Brittany Grand Départ In a change from the customary celebration of the race in front of assembled guests, Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme presented the 2021 route on television.The pandemic has meant the planned Grand Départ in Copenhagen has been pushed back to 2022.The 2021 Tour de France will instead kick off in Brittany, with the first yellow jersey to be handed out after a 198km stage from Brest to Landerneau.The Brittany Grand Départ also means a finish up the Mur de Bretagne on stage two, where it will […]