Tour de France 2021: stages, profiles and route

Check here the 21 stages that make up the 2021 Tour de France route (from June 26 to July 18), the altimetry and the road book.

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The 108th edition of the Tour de France is here. For this year, the Grande Boucle advanced its usual dates (it will be from June 26 to July 18) due to the Olympic Games, but what will not change will be the show. Starting in Brest and the traditional arrival at the Champs Elysees in Paris, runners like Pogacar (defending champion), Roglic, Carapaz, Thomas, López or Simon Yates, among others, aspire to the top.

Course

The course, as usual in the French round, will offer alternatives for all types of runners with flat, medium and high mountain stages, and time trials. Among the 21 stages, with more than 3,000 kilometers in total, the double ascent to Mont Ventoux and the fight against the clock in the penultimate stage stand out, something that was already decisive last year.Stage 1: Brest-Landerneau, 198 km (half mountain)

The Tour de France will start from Brest and will have a nervous first day, of constant ups and downs, where the most important thing will be to avoid mishaps and falls in the face of the general classification. The final level of 3rd category, of 3 km at 5.7%, leaves few options for pure sprinters and opens the range of hopefuls to victory.Stage 2: Perros Guirec-Mur de Bretagne, 183.5 km (medium mountain)

The second stage will have a profile very similar to that of the previous day. This time six ports will be promoted, between category 4 and 3, which will reduce the strength of the runners during the 183.5 km that make up the route. The famous final of the Mur de Bretagne (2 km at 6.9%) returns to the Tour to begin to establish the first differences between the favorites.Stage 3: Lorient-Pontivy, 182.9 km (flat)

The third stage will be more transitional. With a fairly flat route of 182.9 km, the sprinters will have their first clear chance of victory. It will be difficult for a group of escapees to surprise you, although there are areas of the route that are conducive to causing fans.Stage 4: Redon-Fougères, 150 km (flat)

Short day, of only 150 kilometers between Redon and Fougeres, where there will be no scoring mountainous difficulties either. At the expense of what might happen in wide-road areas with the fans, victory will be reserved for sprinters.

Stage 5: Changé-Laval, 27 km (CRI)

One of the first decisive stages of this Tour, with the dispute of the first time trial. It will be 27 km long, with a practically flat course in its entirety, so it will be perfect for the great specialists of the modality and powerful riders.Stage 6: Tours-Chateauroux, 160 km (flat)

Another stage with a profile very similar to the fourth, transitional, with only a 4th category level halfway through. Sprinters, after completing 160 km, will have the option of claiming victory on arrival at Chateauroux.

Stage 7: Vierzon-Le Creusot, 249 km (mid-mountain)

The calm comes to an end after several days of transition. Longest stage of this Tour, 249 km long, starting in Vierzon and finishing in Le Creusot. The first half of the day will not offer difficulties, but in the second there are five ports almost chained to the finish line: two of 4th, two of 3rd and one of 2nd. The penultimate level will be that of 2nd and although it is crowned at 18 km, the previous wear can make the group of favorites very small from that moment.Stage 8: Oyonnax-Le Grand Bornand, 151 km (mountain)

After the longest stage of this edition, one of the shortest will arrive, but no less hard for that. In 150 km, five passes will be climbed, but the three hardest, 1st category, reserved for the final section: Mont Saxonnex, Col de Romme and the mythical Col de la Colombiere (7.5 km at 8.5%). The mythical ascent, with a summit at an altitude of 1,618 meters, will be crowned 14 km from the end and its descent will lead to the finish line.Stage 9: Cluses-Tignes, 145 km, (mountain)

Second high mountain day of this Tour, of 145 km, which will end the first block of the race. After four passes in an almost chained way (two of 2nd, one of 1st and one Hors Catégorie), the Tour will have its first important finish with the finish in Montée de Tignes. It is about an ascent that is crowned to more than 2,000 meters, with a length of 21 km and an average of 5.6%. The first selection of favorites will be made for the general.

Stage 10: Albertville-Valence, 190 km, (flat)

After the first day of rest in Tignes, a new flat stage arrives. It will be a relative transition, since its 190 km will wear out. The outcome, barring surprises, should be resolved in a massive sprint.

Stage 11: Sorgues-Malaucene, 198.9 km (mountain)

Five years after a windy visit to the limit, the Tour returns with enthusiasm to Mont Ventoux, known as the Giant of Provence and now converted into a regional natural park, with a double ascent (that of Sault, almost unprecedented) and a goal located on its slopes. In total there will be five ascents, the colossus Mont Ventoux being considered out of category.

Stage 12: Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux - Nimes, 159.4 km (flat)

After a magical itinerary through the Hoces del Ardèche, covered for the first time in its entirety by the Tour, this stage should end with a massive sprint in Nîmes, as happened in 2019 with an identical final section. In any case, it is better to be suspicious: the route will continue in the open field just before Uzès and the wind could do its thing and open fans in the peloton. There will be only one level of the third category.

Stage 13: Nimes-Carcassonne, 219.9 km (flat)

From the best preserved Roman amphitheater in the world to a medieval town inscribed as a UNESCO heritage site, this stage will follow history to the letter. In fact, contrary to what its geographical location might suggest, there has never been a stage with a goal in Carcassonne that ended with a massive sprint. We will see if the tradition continues in 2021.

Stage 14: Carcassonne-Quillan, 183.7 km (half mountain)

Despite the relative tranquility up to Lavelanet, the arrival in the Pyrenees will be quite a roller coaster starting from Montségur: climbers will satisfy their attachment to the height in the citadel of vertigo and its steep slopes and, later, in the ports of La Croix des Morts and Saint-Louis, which will be accessed by crossing the spectacular viaduct of l'Escargot. It will be a day with broken ground: five ports will go up.

Stage 15: Ceret-Andorra la Vella, 191.3 km (mountain)

Unprecedented departure from Céret, first stop in the Eastern Pyrenees since 2009 when Thomas Voeckler's victory in Perpignan took place. Next, the passage through Prades, Font-Romeu, the Col de Puymorens, the port of Envalira and that of Beixalis, whose ascents are as difficult to ascend as they are tricky to descend: the Principality of Andorra will crown a true king of the mountain, although the stage will not end high.Stage 16: Pas de la Case-Saint Gaudens, 169 km (mid-mountain)

Candidates for the yellow jersey could be granted a moment of truce and the rough profile of the stage will be conducive to attackers who have managed their forces well until the third week. In fact, they will have to revolutionize the race if they do not want to miss their last clear chance to shine in their own light. Good morning for a breakout.

Stage 17: Muret-Col du Portet, 178.4 km (mountain)

The Tour will continue its journey at the foot of the Pyrenees and will approach them differently with this two-sided stage, as it will be necessary to make good use of the changes during over a hundred kilometers until facing three major obstacles in a row: Peyresourde, Val Louron-Azet and, finally, the 16 km of ascent with an average difference of 9% of the merciless Col du Portet. Much effort required and a show more than guaranteed in the final week of the race.

Stage 18: Pau-Luz Ardiden, 129.7 km (mountain)

Dense, tense and demanding day with the ascent to two giants of the Pyrenees, the Tourmalet and Luz Ardiden, where we will know the verdict of the last battle for the mountain. Two of the great ports of the French round throughout its history and which will be climbed practically consecutively. The last mountain day of the 2021 edition, so riders who suffer more against the clock will have to leave everything on the road.Stage 19: Mourenx-Libourne, 207 km (flat)

In the now traditional "Landes stage", logic presages a more or less tumultuous final sprint, depending on the number of sprinters who have managed to overcome the mountain. Now, will they be up to the task? Redesigned and located after three weeks of competition, this stage could be good for a gutsy adventurer, as the race organization itself points out.Stage 20: Libourne-Saint Emilion, 30.8 km (CRI)

The suspense will make an appearance, since the times located at the end of the Tour are born with the vocation of deciding the definitive owner of the yellow jersey, as happened in the 2020 edition between Pogacar and Roglic. Unlike that day, this time it will not be a mountainous time trial, since it is a completely flat terrain crossing numerous vineyards.

Stage 21: Chatou-Champs-Élysées de Paris, 108.4 km (flat)

Chatou will be the fortunate town from which the last stage of the Tour will depart for the fourth time in a row in the department of Yvelines, an honor that it will continue to enjoy until at least 2023 From here, the Paris-Nice has been going out for ten years and, in addition, it will be the headquarters of the cycling disciplines (road, track, mountain bike, BMX) during the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024. A last placid day of celebration for the winners, although everyone who arrives in Paris after three intense weeks of racing will celebrate it as they deserve.

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