Yesterday we attended the A.S.O press conference.
Bernard HINAULT (five times winner of le Tour de France), Christophe RIBLON ((AG2R La Mondiale – the Alpe-d’Huez winner on le Tour de France 2013), Mark CAVENDISH (Omega Pharma-Quick Step - 25 stage wins on le Tour de France), Christopher FROOME (Team Sky - le Tour de France 2013 winner), Richard VIRENQUE (Polka dots jersey in 1996 and 1997), Stephen ROCHE (le Tour de France 1987 winner) talk about their impressions and their ambitions for the next edition.
The route for the 101th Tour de France was unveiled yesterday at the Palais des Congrès in Paris. Le Tour de France 2014 will leave from the UK, from the county of Yorkshire, with three stages quite tailored for punchers, that will lead us to London. Mark CAVENDISH (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) shows natural ambition, as the first stage will bring him back to his childhood land. (see the video above)
This 2014 edition will also show its uniqueness with a return to the cobbled sections, nine exactly, of the legendary Paris-Roubaix. The famous “Carrefour de l’Arbre” will be a decisive moment of this stage, where any falls or bike malfunctions could cost the final win. This tricky fifth stage is looking particularly stressful for the pack.
5th stage: Ypres – Arenberg (156 km)
With five summit finishes, the Big Loop (The Grand Boucle) will take its time in the Vosges with mid-mountain stages that will climb the Petit Ballon d’Alsace and the Planche des Belles Filles.
Before heading to the Alps, a Leader should emerge since the ascent to Chamrousse and the Izoard will be a testing passage for the riders.
It will really be in the Pyrenees though that the riders will start to cement their positions with two tough summit arrivals at the Plat d’Adet and Hautacam.
The 18th stage will also be the scene of the prestigious cyclosportive ‘L'ETAPE DU TOUR’, a challenge taken-up every year by about 12 000 passionate riders coming from all over the world.
18th stage: Pau – Hautacam (145 km)
In another twist of this year’s route, there will be only one time trial between Bergerac and Périgueux on lowland roads, which has not happened in more than 50 years. 54 km-long, this time trial will demand more than an hour of effort at full power. Over three tough weeks, the riders will have to manage their efforts to be able to make the difference on this final hurdle.
2014 Tour de France
- Saturday July 5th : 1st stage, Leeds – Harrogate (191 km)
- Sunday July 6th : 2nd stage, York – Sheffield (198 km)
- Monday July 7th : 3rd stage, Cambridge – Londres (159 km)
- Tuesday July 8th : 4th stage, Le Touquet – Lille (164 km)
- Wednesday July 9th : 5th stage, Ypres – Arenberg (156 km)
- Thursday July 10th : 6th stage, Arras – Reims (194 km)
- Friday July 11th : 7th stage, Epernay – Nancy (233 km)
- Saturday July 12th : 8th stage, Tomblaine – Gérardmer (161 km)
- Sunday July 13th : 9th stage, Gérardmer – Mulhouse (166 km)
- Monday July 14th : 10th stage, Mulhouse – La Planche des belles filles (161 km)
- Tuesday July 15th : Day-off in Birançon
- Wednesday July 16th : 11th stage, Besançon – Oyonnax (186 km)
- Thursday July 17th : 12th stage, Bourg-en-Bresse – Saint-Étienne (183 km)
- Friday July 18th : 13th stage, Saint-Étienne – Chamrousse (200 km)
- Saturday July 19th : 14th stage, Grenoble – Risoul (177 km)
- Sunday July 20th : 15th stage, Taillard – Nîmes (222 km)
- Monday July 21st : Day-off in Carcassonne
- Tuesday July 22nd : 16th stage, Carcassonne – Bagnères-de-Luchon (237 km)
- Wednesday July 23rd : 17th stage, Saint-Gaudens – Pla d’Adet (125 km
- Thursday July 24th : 18th stage, Pau – Hautacam (145 km)
- Friday July 25th : 19th stage, Maubourguet – Bergerac (208 km)
- Saturday July 26th : 20th stage, Bergerac – Périgueux (54 km, individual time trial)
- Sunday July 27th : 21st stage, Évry – Paris (136 km)