The 2014 Tour de France will take place between July 5th and the 27th. Whereas last year’s ‘France only’ Tour never left our borders, 2014 will start in the UK and travel through bits and pieces of 2 other countries – Belgium and Spain.
The Tour seems to be a big mixed bag, with perhaps a lot of room for the ‘puncheur’ to shine, although that’s just my initial impression.
- Stage 5, when the peloton will revisit the pavé (9 sectors, 15 km) of northern France and Belgium. Always good for a bit of carnage.
- 5 summit finishes this year, which I think is more than usual. La Planche des Belles Filles (Vosges), Risoul (Alps) and Hautacam (Pyrenees) being 3 of note.
- No Team Time Trial this year and only 1 Individual TT.
The Tour finally comes back to my town, Nîmes, with a sprint finish in front of Les Arènes, according to Christian Prudhomme.
For amateur cyclists looking for some exercise, the Etape du Tour next year will be the Pau-Hautacam stage (more on that one, soon), and will take place on Sunday, July 20th. So, I have a conundrum, because that’s the day of the arrival in Nîmes. Well, I’ve had worse problems to solve, I suppose.