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le Tour de France, 2014

5 July - 27 July, 2014

English start, French continuation

 

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“Yorkshire, land of inspiration”
2014 tour de france route
great war commemorations
the stages for 2014
this year’s t-shirts
the teams, and team jerseys/colours
this year’s top ten seeded riders
watching tdf broadcasts
last year (2013): the first ten riders
the mountain stages and summit finishes

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“Yorkshire, land of inspiration”

The hundred and first edition of the Tour de France starts with the first three stages in the land of its neighbour across “La Manche”, its favourite enemy and rival, its saviour in two world wars - England.

The first two stages will be held in England’s largest county Yorkshire, running from Leeds to Harrogate on the 5th July and from York to Sheffield on the 6th July. The third English stage will run from Cambridge to London,

2014 tour de france route

TDF route map, 2014

From Saturday 5 July to Sunday 27 July, 2013, the 101th Tour de France will be competed during 21 stages, over a distance of 3,656 kilometres.

There will be:

  • 9 flat stages
  • 5 hilly stages
  • 6 mountain stages with 5 summit finishes
  • 1 individual time trial stage
  • 2 rest days

There are 9 towns not previously visited :

  • Leeds (start of stage 1)
  • Harrogate (finish of stage 1)
  • York (start of stage 2)
  • Sheffield (finish of stage 2)
  • Cambridge (start of stage 3)
  • Ypres (finish of stage 5)
  • Oyonnax (finish of stage 11)
  • Risoul (finish of stage 14)
  • Maubourguet Pays du Val d’Adour (start of stage 19)

Yorkshire's white rose

The 2014 Tour de France begins by spending three days in England, with the first day starting from Leeds. Yorkshire is preparing for a grand celebration of their county and its heritage - churches, villages, people, songs, landscapes, a positive rave-up. Because the roads are closed for so much of the day, locals are making the best of things with fêtes, concerts and cycling and Tour-themed events and displays. Nine helicopters will be filming from the air, picking out some of the more picturesque churches and villages for the TDF broadcasts.

Yorkshire bell-ringing AssociationOne jolly, on-going event on both days will be the ringing of church bells as the caravan and then the riders pass. The churches ringing out on Saturday 5th July will be Leeds St Annes, Leeds Minster, Chapel Allerton, Otley, Ilkley, Addingham, Rylstone, Grinton, East Witton, Masham, West Tanfield, Ripon Cathedral, Harrogate St Peters; while on Sunday 6th July it's the turn of York Minster, York St Wilfrid, York St Martins, Knaresborough, Harrogate St Peters, Harrogate St Wilfrids, (Blubberhouses, to be confirmed), Addingham, Silsden, Keighley, (Haworth, to be confirmed), Oxenhope, (Mytholmroyd, to be confirmed), Ripponden, Holmfirth, (Bradfield, to be confirmed), Sheffield Cathedral.

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The first Yorkshire stage heads northwest out of the city centre and into the Yorkshire countryside, labouring to find history and landscapes as impressive as those of France - Harewood House, Skipton,Yorkshire Dales National Park, the cathedral city of Ripon, with a straight line finish at "the spa town" of Harrogate. A flat stage, this is one for the sprinters.

Stage Two starts from the walled city of York, passing through Harrogate again (note that Yorkshire may be large, but it's not large enough to prevent repeats) and on to cultural Haworth, home of the Brontë sisters, and then to Huddersfield. Then there will be some climbs to reach another National Park, the Peak District, on the edge of the Pennines. The stage finishes in Sheffield, dubbed by the TDF as "the UK's first city of sport". With nine categorised climbs, Stage Two is for the climbers, who'll be riding a veritable switchback (or des montaignes russes in French).

The third, mostly flat, stage runs from the university city of Cambridge, going through Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Essex. The race enters Greater London from Epping Forest. Passing the Olympic Park and the Velodrome, this tourist stage will have views of the Thames, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, Big Ben, the Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey. As is becoming traditional, the final stretch is through St James's Park, round past Buckingham Palace to finish on The Mall.

First three sages will be in England

great war commemorations

The French part of the Tour de France starts in the north-east, paying its respects to to those who died in World War One on the 100th anniversary year of the Great War's start. Stage 4 is in Belgium - starting at Ypres, bitterly fought over in WW1, and will ride on the Chemin des Dames ridge where unexploded bombs are still found. The peleton will also cross the Verdun battlefields where 700,000 were killed or wounded in 10 months of intense fighting.

the stages for 2014

There will be 21 stages. These include 6 high mountain stages [ Vosges 2, Alps 2, Pyrenees 2], 5 medium mountain/hilly stages, but only one individual against-the-clock (stage20) [contre-le-montre] time trial. There are 2 rest days (15th and 21th July). All other days are 'on the plain' - relatively flat days, almost touring through France. The total distance ridden will be about 3,656 kilometres, or roughly 2272 miles.


Pavé/cobbled road. Image: eurosport.fr

The fifth stage, ending at Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, includes 15.4 km of cobbled roads in nine sections, known better as part of the route for the annual Paris-Roubaix race.

paved/cobbled sections of stage 5, 2014 Tour de France

Stages eight to ten are in the Vosges mountains, stages 11 to 14 are in the Alps, while stages 16 to 18 are in the Pyrenees.

1 England : Leeds > Harrogate
5 July [191 km]
12 Bourg-en-Bresse > Saint-Étienne
17 July [183 km]
2 England : York > Sheffield
6 July [198 km]
13 Saint-Étienne > Chamrousse
18 July [200 km]
summit finish
3 England : Cambridge > London
7 July [159 km]
14

Grenoble > Risoul
19 July [177 km]
summit finish

4

Le Touquet-Paris-Plage > Lille
8 July [164 km]

15 Tallard > Nîmes
20 July [222 km]
5 Yprès >Arenberg Porte du Hainaut
9 July [156 km]
R rest day - Carcassonne
21 July
6 Arras > Reims
10 July [194 km]
16

Carcassonne > Bagnères-de-Luchon
22 July [237 km]

7 Épernay > Nancy
11 July [233 km]
17 Saint-Gaudens > Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet
23 July [125 km]
8 Tomblaine > Gérardmer La Mauselaine
12 July [161 km]
summit finish
18 Pau > Hautacam
24 July [145 km]
summit finish
9 Gérardmer > Mulhouse
13 July [166 km]
19 Maubourguet Pays du Val d’Adour > Bergerac
25 July [208 km]
10 Mulhouse > La Planche des Belles Filles
14 July
20 Bergerac > Périgueux
26 July [54 km]
individual time-trial
R rest day - Besançon
15 July
21

Évry > Paris Champs-Élysées
27 July [136 km]

11 Besançon > Oyonnax
16 July [186 km]
 

this year’s t-shirts

In amongst this year's ever-growing collection of TDF t-shirts can be found two that have some theme connection with this year's Tour. Somewhat oddly, the t-shirt for the United Kingdom is drab and, one could even say, scruffy. Is this a hint of France's opinion of their neighbour?

TDF t-shirt affiche.
United Kingdom motif t- shirt : 22€

The Paris-themed t-shirt is much more gai.

TDF t-shirt affiche.
Paris motif t- shirt : 22€

There is also a t-shirt based on this year's poster:

TDF t-shirt affiche.
Tour de France t- shirt : 22€

the teams for 2014

As well as the eighteen “ProTeams”, invitations have been extended to four 'wildcad' teams:
Bretagne-Séché Environnement (Fra)
Cofidis (Fra)
IAM Cycling (Sui)
Team Netapp – Endura (Ger)

AUSTRALIA
Orica-GreenEDGE (GEC)

BELGIUM
Omega Pharma – Quickstep Cycling Team (OPQ)
Lotto Belisol (LTB)

DENMARK
Tinkoff Saxo (TST)

FRANCE
AG2R La Mondiale (ALM)
Bretagne-Séché Environnement (BSE)
Cofidis (COF)
FDJ.fr (FDJ)
Team Europcar (EUC)

GERMANY
Team Netapp – Endura (TNE)

GREAT BRITAIN
Team Sky (SKY)

ITALY
Cannondale Pro Cycling (CAN)
Lampre-Merida (LAM)

KAZAKSTAN
Astana Pro Team (AST)

LUXEMBOURG
Radioshack Leopard (RNT)

NETHERLANDS
Belkin Pro Cycling Team (BEL)
Team Giant-Shimano (GIA)
Rabobank(RAB)
Vacansoleil-DCM (VCD)

RUSSIA
Katusha Team (KAT)

SPAIN
Moviestar Team (MOV)

SWITZERLAND
IAM Cycling (IAM)

USA
Garmin – Sharp (GRS)
BMC Racing Team (BMC)
Trek Factory Racing (TFR)

team jerseys/colours

2014 TDF team jersey
2014 TDF team jerseys

this year’s top ten seeded riders

The younger cyclists are starting to show their abilities, established riders need to watch out!

  Name UCI Team Code Nat. Comments
1 Chris FROOME SKY GBR 29 y.o. Winner of 2013 TDF, 2nd in 2012 TDF, bronze medal in 2012 Olympics time trial, 4th in 2012 Vuelta.
Strong climber and time-trialer, not as good tactically as Contador.
2 Alberto CONTADOR TST ESP 31 y.o.Won 2012 Vuelta. Stripped of 2010 TDF and 2011 Giro titles for doping.
Strong climber, but weaker at time trials.
3 Vincenzo NIBALI AST ITA 29 y.o. "The shark from the strait" - "le requin du détroit"
Winner of 2013 Giro d'Italia, 2nd in 2013 Vuelta, 3rd in 2012 TDF.
4 Tejay VAN GARDEREN BMC USA 25 y.o. Winner of 2013 Tour of California and 2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge. 5th in 2012 TDF and best young rider (White Jersey).
5 Alexandro VALVERDE MOV ESP 34 y.o. 8th in 2013 TDF, 3rd in 2013 Vuelta, Returned to racing in 2012 after 2-year suspension for doping.
6 Andy SCHLECK TFR LUX 29 y.o. Awarded winner 2010 TDF after Contador was found guilty for doping.
2nd in 2009 and 2011 TDF.
Schleck continues in a yet unsuccessful quest for winning legs after his 2012 Critérium du Dauphiné crash.
7 Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK LTB BEL 31 y.o. Abandoned the 2013 TDF after crashing, 4th 2012 TDF.
8 Bauke MOLLEMA BEL NED 27 y.o. 6th in 2013 TDF, 3rd in 2014 Tour of Norway.
A puncheur who should be suited to the TDF climbing programme.
9 Andrew TALANSKY GRS USA

25 y.o. Known as the "pitt-bull" for his tenacity.
1st in 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné in a breakaway, beating Chris Froome into 12th place. 10th in 2013 TDF.

10 Romain BARDET ALM FRA 23 y.o. Best young rider in 2014 Tour of Oman, 1st in 2014 La Drôme Classic, 5th in 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné, 13th in 2013 TDF.

watch tdf broadcasts

Here are a few of the more reputable sites that were available for the 2014 TDF.

terrestrial broadcasts

UK: ITV and ITV4 full schedule of live broadcasts.

EUROSPORT UK schedule for daily live TV coverage, including HD, often with some commentary. Starts at 11 am BST on 5 July.

FRANCE 2/FRANCE 3 (shared coverage) . Starts at 13:40 CET

Canada: Link to Sportsnet daily schedule.

USA: NBS Sports offers live on TV, as well as live streaming.

Australia: SBS schedule page.

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live streaming through the Internet

There are many such providers that can be found by googling.

These sites may require signing up and payment. Some also need exploring to find the correct page/s.

Nowadays, mobile app.s are also available.

 

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Eurosport is selling live steaming with their Eurosportplayer [in French], with various, almost reasonable subscriptions.

Marker at abelard.org

The Tour de France web site is providing a live, animated tickertape of the race action as it happens.

Marker at abelard.org

The TDF web site also has a YouTube channel with videos of stages to come and other short videos.


last year (2013): the first ten riders

Pos. Name First name Team Nat. Time diff.
1 1 FROOME Chris SKY GBR 83h 56' 40''
2 128 QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexande MOV COL + 04' 20''
3 101 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin KAT ESP + 05' 04''
4 91 CONTADOR Alberto TST ESP + 06' 27''
5 94 KREUZIGER Roman TST CZE + 07' 27''
6 164 MOLLEMA Bauke BEL NED + 15' 41''
7 63 FUGLSANG Jakob AST DEN + 12' 17''
8 121 VALVERDE Alejandro MOV ESP + 15' 26''
9 139 NAVARRO Daniel COF ESP + 15' 52''
10 178 TALANSKY Andrew GRM USA + 17' 39''
           
Overall
winner
FROOME Christopher 1 SKY GBR 83h 56' 40''
(Yellow Jersey)
By points SAGAN Peter 57 CAN SVK 409 pts
(Green Jersey)
Climber

QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexande

128 MOV COL 147 pts
(Polka dot Jersey)
Under 25

QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexande

128 MOV COL 84h 01' 00''
(White Jersey)
Combativity

RIBLON Christophe

178 ALM FRA 88h 00' 14"
Team
winner

TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF

DEN 251h 11' 07''

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the mountain stages and summit finishes

Stage 8, 12th July- Tomblaine > Gérardmer La Mauselaine

Profile for stage 8, Tomblaine > Gérardmer La Mauselaine
Profile for stage 8, Tomblaine > Gérardmer La Mauselaine

  • Km 142 - Col de la Croix des Moinats: 7,6 kilometre-long climb at 6%
  • Km 150 - Col de Grosse Pierre: 3 kilometre-long climb at 7,5%
  • Km 161 - Gérardmer La Mauselaine: 1,8 kilometre-long climb at 10,3%

stage 8 climbs

Stage 10, 14th July - Mulhouse > La Planche des Belles Filles

Stage 10 profile, Mulhouse > La Planche des Belles Filles
Stage 10 profile, Mulhouse > La Planche des Belles Filles

  • Km 30,5 - Col du Firstplan: 8,3 kilometre-long climb at 5,4%
  • Km 54,5 - Petit Ballon: 9,3 kilometre-long climb at 8,1%
  • Km 72 - Col du Platzerwase: l7,1 kilometre-long climb at 8,4%
  • Km 104 - Col d’Oderen: 6,7 kilometre-long climb at 6,1%
  • Km 144 - Col des Chevrères: 3,5 kilometre-long climb at 9,5%
  • Km 161 - La Planche des Belles Filles: 5,9 kilometre-long climb at 8,5%

two climbs, stage 10 Saint-Étienne > Chamrousse

Stage 13, 18th July - Saint-Étienne > Chamrousse

Stage 13 profile, Saint-Étienne > Chamrousse
Stage 13 profile, Saint-Étienne > Chamrousse

  • Km 154,5 - Col de Palaquit: 14,1 kilometre-long climb at 6,1%
    summit finish
  • Km 200 - Chamrousse: 18,2 kilometre-long climb at 7,3%

climbs, stage 13

Stage 14, 18th July - Grenoble > Risoul

profile

  • Km 82 - Col du Lautaret: 34 kilometre-long climb at 3,9%
  • Km 132,5 - Col d’Izoard: 19 kilometre-long climb at 6%
    summit finish
  • Km 177 - Risoul: 12,6 kilometre-long climb at 6,9%

Stage 16, 22nd July - Carcassonne > Bagnères-de-Luchon

profile

  • Km 155 - Col de Portet-d’Aspet: 5,4 kilometre-long climb at 6,9%
    summit finish
  • Km 215,5 - Port de Balès: 11,7 kilometre-long climb at 7,7%

Stage 17, 23th July - Saint-Gaudens > Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet

Stage 17 profile, Saint-Gaudens > Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet
Stage 17 profile, Saint-Gaudens > Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet

Of the 125 kilometres, forty will be made on slopes of more than 7%.

  • Km 57,5 - Col du Portillon: 8,3 kilometre-long climb at 7,1%
  • Km 82 - Col de Peyresourde: 13,2 kilometre-long climb at 7%

    climbs stage 17

  • Km 102,5 - Col de Val Louron-Azet: 7,4 kilometre-long climb at 8,3%
    summit finish
  • Km 125 - Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet: 10,2 kilometre-long climb at 8,3%

    climbs stage 17

Stage 18, 24th July - Pau > Hautacam

Stage 18 profile, Pau > Hautacam
Stage 18 profile, Pau > Hautacam

  • Km 95,5 - Col du Tourmalet: 17,1 kilometre-long climb at 7,3%
    summit finish
  • Km 145 - Hautacam: 13,6 kilometre-long climb at 7,8%

Climbs stage 18


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