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The complete route and profiles of the 2021 Tour de France

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The Tour de France 2021 will start from Brest (Brittany) on Saturday, June 26. The 184 riders involved will have 21 stages to compete for victories, distinctive classifications including the best climber, but also and above all: the yellow jersey. In total, more than 3,380 kilometers are to be covered until Paris, on the Champs-Elysées, where the final finish will be celebrated on Sunday, July 18. For this 108th edition of the Grande Boucle, the riders will have to climb the famous Mont Ventoux twice on the same stage (11th stage – Wednesday, July 7, 2021).

The route of the 108th Grande Boucle

It’s about The Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2021 will be held in Brest on Saturday, June 26. This first part of the Tour will remain exclusively in Brittany. The first four stages will take place there. And these first days will not be easy. From the 1st step, the finish, which is judged in Landerneau, is located  at the top of a 3 kilometer steep climb at 5.7%.A perfect opportunity for the puncheurs to get the first yellow jersey of this 108th Tour de France. The next day, it’s the same old story! The finish is located at the top of  the coast of Mûr-de- Bretagne  (2 kilometers at 6.9%). The 4th and 5th stages will be reserved for the sprinters and they will then leave Brittany. During the 5th stage,the first time trial of 27 kilometers will already create gaps between the favorites in Laval. The end of this first week of the race will end on a high note. After a mountain stage between Oyonnax and Le Grand-Bornand, it is the first arrival at the summit which will intervene.In Tignes (21 kilometers at 5.6%), the runners will reach an altitude of 2,000 meters before taking full advantage of the first rest day.

The day after the rest day, the riders will have some respite on stage 10. But this will not be the case the next day with the double ascent of Mont Ventoux!During the 11th stage, the riders will climb once through Sault and then the other time through Bédoin le Mont Chauve. However, the finish will only be judged at the bottom of the long descent to Malaucène. The rest of the week will be left to the fast riders in the peloton, although a breakaway could take advantage of the 14th stage between Carcassonne and Quillan to go for a stage win. On Sunday, the week will end with another high mountain stage. No summit finish, of course, butthe riders will cross the summit of the Tour de France 2021 during the passage of the Port of Envalira  (2,408 meters).

The day after the second and final rest day, there should not be a day without! Several passes will have to be climbed even if a breakaway will have a great chance to win in Saint Gaudens on the 16th stage. Then, two summit finishes will follow one another. First in Saint-Lary-Soulan (17th stage) at the top of the Col du Portet (16 km at 8.6%), then in Luz Ardiden (18th stage) with its final pass of 13.3 km at 7.4%. After that, there will only be a 30.8-kilometer time trial between Libourne and Saint-Emilion to determine the overall classification of the 2021 Tour de France. The next day, the riders will enjoy the last day on the Champs-Elysées to finish this 108th edition of the Grande Boucle.

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