Tour de France 2013 Map and Route Description: Stage by Stage

2013 Tour de France MapTour de France 2013 Route Map.  Source: letour.com

The 100th Tour de France starts tomorrow in Porto Vecchio, on the island of Corsica.  The 21 stage race is considered the crown jewel of international cycling and will attract more international media attention than any other cycling event of the year.

2013 Tour de France yellow jersey, or mailloy jaune.
Just under 200 racers will start Le Tour on a relatively flat stage along the coast of Corsica.  The day's winner will get to wear the prized yellow jersey (French: maillot jaune) - so expect to see a fiercely faught sprint for the line.  But this year's general classification winner won't be a sprinter. 

This year's race will be won or lost in the mountains.  Keep an eye on top contenders Chris Froome, Alberto Contador and Cadel Evans... along with several others.

Below is a description of the Tour de France 2013 route, stage by stage.

Tour de France 2013 Route Description:

Stage Date Description of Route Distance (KM)
1st Stage Sat 29th June Corsica: Porto-Vecchio -  Bastia  - a relatively flat course along the coast 200 km
2nd Stage Sun 30th June Corsica: Bastia - Ajaccio - Up and over the moutains in the middle of the island of Corsica

155 km

3rd  Stage Mon 1 July Corsica: Ajaccio - Calvi - several rolling hills along Corsica's northwest coast 145 km
4th Stage Tues 2 July Nice - Nice - the first time trial will be held in the French Riviera  25 km
5th Stage Wed 3 July Cagnes sur Mer - Marseille (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region) - rolling hills 219 km
6th Stage Thur 4 July Aix en Provence - Montpellier (Languedoc-Roussillon) - relatively flat 176 km
7th Stage Fri 5 July Montpellier (Languedoc-Roussillon) to Albi  (Midi-Pyrénées)   205 km
8th Stage Sat 6 July Castres - Ax-trois-Domaines  (Midi-Pyrénées)  194 km
9th Stage Sun 7 July Saint-Girons - Bagnères-de-Bigorre.  (Midi-Pyrénées) big mountain stage   165 km
Rest day Mon 8 July Saint Nazaire none
10th Stage Tue 9 July  Saint-Gildas-des-Bois (Pays de la Loire) - Saint-Malo (Brittany) 193 km

11th Stage

Wed 10 July Avranches - Mont St Michel, (Normandy) a 33KM individual time trial   33 km
12th Stage Thur 11 July Fougères (Brittany) -  Tours   (Région Centre)  218 km
13th Stage Fri 12 July Tours - Saint Amand Montrond  (Région Centre) A generally flat leg, ending in the center of France. 173 km
14th Stage Sat 13 July Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule (Auvergne)  - Lyon (Rhône-Alpes)  Hilly stage across the Forez mountains -  191 km
15th Stage Sun 14 July Givors (Rhône-Alpes) - Mont-Ventoux - finishing with one of the classic climbs of the Tour de France. 242 km
  Rest day Mon 15 July Rest day  none
16th Stage Tues 16 July Vaison-la-Romaine - Gap  Hilly stage in the foothills of the Provence Alps and Luberon 168 km

17th Stage

Wed 17 July Embrun - Chorges  - Time trials 32 km
18th Stage Thur 18 July  Gap - Alpe d'Huez  - Mountainous. Summit finish in the Alps 168 km
19th Stage Fri 19 July Bourg d'Oisans - Le Grand Bornand - another mountain Alpine stage 204 km
20th Stage Sat 20 July Annecy - Mont Semnoz   (Rhône-Alpes) -  mountainous course in the foothills of the Alps, with a summit finish. 125 km
  Sun 21 July Versailles– Paris (Ile de France) - Evening finish on the Champs Elysées  
Chart source: About France

More on the 2013 Tour de France


Sprinters: Neither Peter Sagan nor Mark Cavendish will try to win the general classification, but look for these guys to duke it out for stage wins and both pick up lots of points. They may also have their eye on stage 1 since it'd get them the yellow jersey (even if only temporarily).  Andre Griepel may also make a few headlines for himself... this guy is FAST when a finish line is in sight.

Young Riders: Tejay Van Garderen will have to hold off the likes of Nairo Quintana (of Movistar, and riding with Alejandro Valverde) and Andrew Talansky (making his Tour de France debut) in order to top the young riders classification again. Other potential threats include Peter Kennaugh and Cameron Meyer.

Photos from yesterday's 2013 Tour e France Preview:
Le Tour de France: Previews
Chris Froome (R) of Great Britain and SKY Procycling and team mates wait forthe boat to take them to the Team Presentation ahead of the 2013 Tour de France on June 27, 2013 in Porto Vecchio, France. The 100th Tour de France starts on Saturday from Porto Vecchio in Corsica and finishes on July 21 in Paris. (Getty Images)more pics »Le Tour de France: Previews
Peter Saagan (L) of Slovakia and Canondale and team mate Maciej Bodnar of Poland lead their team during a training ride ahead of the 2013 Tour de France on June 28, 2013 in Porto Vecchio, France. The 100th Tour de France starts on Saturday from Porto Vecchio in Corsica and finishes on July 21 in Paris. (Getty Images)more pics »Le Tour de France: Previews
Chris Froome (2L) of Great Britain and SKY Procycling and team mates are seen during a training ride ahead of the 2013 Tour de France on June 28, 2013 in Porto Vecchio, France. The 100th Tour de France starts on Saturday from Porto Vecchio in Corsica and finishes on July 21 in Paris. (Getty Images)more pics »Le Tour de France: Previews
Alberto Contador of Spain riding for Team Saxo-Tinkoff looks on before taking a training ride on the eve of the 2013 Tour de France on June 28, 2013 in Porto Vecchio, France. The 100th edition of Le Tour de France begins in Porto Vecchio on the island of Corsica and ends July 21 in Paris. (Getty Images)more pics »Le Tour de France: Previews
Andy Schleck of Luxembourg riding for Radioshack Leopard prepares for a training ride on the eve of the 2013 Tour de France on June 28, 2013 in Porto Vecchio, France. The 100th edition of Le Tour de France begins in Porto Vecchio on the island of Corsica and ends July 21 in Paris. (Getty Images)more pics
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