2021 Tour de France Route Revealed

Race starts in Brittany and heads into the Alps with a double ascent of Mount Ventoux before heading into the Pyrenees

The 2021 Tour de France was revealed today in Paris and stream across the world.

The 2021 route is a purely French affair starting in Britainy and heading across the Massif Central into the high Alps south across Provence and into the Pyrenees.

There are 8 flat stages, 5 hilly stages, 6 mountain stages with 3 mountain finishes at altitude (Tignes, Saint-Lary-Soulan and Luz Ardiden). There are two individual time trial stages, a total distance of 58 kms, 27 kms between Changé and Laval Espace Mayenne on stage 5 and 31 kms between Libourne and Saint-Émilion on the occasion of stage 20.

Brest in Brittany will host the Grand Départ, with three further stages in the region including a hilltop finish at Mûr-de-Bretagne. The day will also feature La Course by le Tour de France where the women will also finish on the steep 'wall'. The first week features three stages for the sprinters in Pontivy, Fougères and Chateauroux.

As the race reaches the Alps, Stage 8 visits Le Grand-Bornand which features the Col de Romme and Col de la Colombière.

Stage 9 traverses the Col des Saisies, Col du Pré and the Cormet de Roselend before the long climb to the finish in Tignes, which was set to feature on stage 19 of the 2019 race before landslides saw a neutralisation mid-stage.

After the first rest day in the Alps, the route continues south into the Provence for a double ascent of Mount Ventoux and 4,500m of climbing. The race continues south with some flat sprinter stages before the Pyrenees and a mountain excursion into Andorra.

After the second rest day, the Tour continues across the Pyrenees with some legendary climbs including the Col du Portet, the Tourmalet and Luz Ardiden.

Stage 17 to Saint-Lary-Soulan, over 100 kilometres before taking on three major obstacles in a row: Peyresourde, Val Louron-Azet and to finish off, the 16-km climb at an average gradient close to 9% of the unforgiving Col du Portet. Big efforts required for what promises to be quite a show.

Stage 18 climbs up two giants of the Pyrenees: the Tourmalet and Luz Ardiden in the final uphill finish that will determine the GC lead before the final time trial on Stage 20.


The 30th edition of the Etape du Tour, the amateur stage of the Tour de France, takes place on 4 July 2021 in Nice. Amateurs will cover 175kms and just over 3,600m of  climbing around Nice on the same course that saw Julian Alaphilippe ride to victory last August 30th.

VIDEO: 2021 Tour de France Route Presentation

2021 Tour de France Stages

Stage Date Start Finish Distance Type
1 6/26/21 Brest Landerneau 187 Flat
2 6/27/21 Perros-Gueirec Mur-de-Bretagne 182 Medium Mountain
3 6/28/21 Lorient Pontivy 182 Flat
4 6/29/21 Redon Fougeres 152 Flat
5 6/30/21 Changé Laval (ITT) 27 Individual Time Trial
6 7/1/21 Tours Chateauroux 144 Flat
7 7/2/21 Vierzon Le Creusot 248 Medium Mountain
8 7/3/21 Oyonnax Le Grand Bornand 151 High mountain
9 7/4/21 Cluses Tignes - Val Claret 145 High mountain
Rest Day 1 7/5/21        
10 7/6/21 Albertville Valence 186 Flat
11 7/7/21 Sorgues Malaucene 199 High mountain
12 7/8/21 St-Paul-Trois-Chateaux Nimes 161 Flat
13 7/9/21 Nimes Carcassonne 229 Flat
14 7/10/21 Carcassonne Quillan 184 Medium Mountain
15 7/11/21 Ceret Andorra la Vella 192 High mountain
Rest Day 2 7/12/21        
16 7/13/21 Pas-de-la-Case Saint-Gaudens 169 Medium Mountain
17 7/14/21 Muret St. Lary Soulan - Col de Portet 178 High mountain
18 7/15/21 Pau Luz Ardiden 130 High mountain
19 7/16/21 Mourenx Libourne 203 Flat
20 7/17/21 Libourne Saint-Emilion (ITT) 31 Individual Time Trial
21 7/18/21 Chatou Paris - Champs-Elysees 112 Flat


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