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le Tour de France, 2013

29 June - 21 July, 2013

the centenary year!

Tour de France route 2013
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“le tour 100: 100% french”
2013 tour de france route

world heritage tour around france
the stages for 2013
this year’s t-shirts
the teams, and team jerseys/colours
this year’s top ten seeded riders
watching tdf broadcasts
last year (2012): the first ten riders
the mountain stages

watching TDF broadcasts

La Vuelta 2012

Le Giro 2013

“le tour 100: 100% french”

The century edition of the Tour de France will be held entirely within France itself, starting in Corsica, never previously visited by the TDF. Then the Tour visits or passes near many of the wonders of France. This Tour will also offer new challenges to the climbers in the peloton, as in other recent Grand Slam races. The touristic progress includes ten of France’s many UNESCO world heritage sites.

This Tour also has a theme of water, with six stages by the sea: Porto-Vecchio, Nice, Cagnes-sur-mer, Marseille, Saint-Malo and Mont-Saint-Michel, and visits to the four major rivers of France: the Loire (1,010 km), the Seine (770 km), the Garonne (650 km) and the Rhône (522 km within France).

2013 tour de france route

TDF route map, 2013

From Saturday 30 June to Sunday 22th July, 2013, the 100th Tour de France will be competed during 21 stages, over a distance of 3,360 kilometres.

There will be:

  • Seven flat stages
  • Five hilly stages
  • Six mountain stages with four summit finishes, three of which are in the Alps
  • Two individual time trial stages
  • One team time trial stage
  • Two rest days
  • There are ten towns not previously visited :
    * Porto-Vecchio, Corsica, 2A (start of 1st stage)
    * Bastia, Corsica, 2B (end of 1st stage and start of 2nd stage)
    * Ajaccio, Corsica, 2A (end of 2nd stage and start of 3rd stage)
    * Calvi, Corsica, 2B (end of 3rd stage)
    * Cagnes-sur-Mer, Alpes-Maritimes, 06 (start of 5th stage)
    * Saint-Gildas-des-Bois, Loire-Atlantique, 44 (start of 10th stage)
    * Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule, Allier, 03 (start of 14th stage)
    * Givors, Rhône, 69 (start of 15th stage)
    * Chorges, Hautes-Alpes, 05 (end of 17th stage)
    * Annecy-Semnoz, Haute-Savoie, 74 (end of 20th stage)

THe 2013 TDF starts in Corsica

The 2013 Tour de France starts by spending three days in Corsica, visiting the main towns in both the northern département of Haute-Corse [2B] and the southern département of Corse-du-Sud [2A].

The first stage has a potential sprint finish, for the first time since 1996, which could enable Mark Cavendish to wear the yellow jersey from the first day of the Tour. Other stage finishes that favour sprinters are Marseille [stage 5], Montpellier [stage 6] and Saint-Malo [stage 11].

The fourth stage team time trial goes twice around the Côte d’Azur town of Nice.

world heritage tour around france

The centenary edition of the Tour de France will help show off some of France’s most special cultural heritage. Here are some of the ‘heritage’ stages:

  • Stage 3: the Calanche [cliffs] of Piana, which together with the Gulf of Girolata and Scandola Reserve are part of the Gulf of Porto UNESCO site in the Regional Natural Park of Corsica
    calanche de Piana

    Calanche de Piana
    image: Frederic Antoun licence Creative Commons

  • Stage 7: the Episcopal City of Albi with its red brick cathedral
    Albi cathedral & palace

    Cathedral and episcopal palace, Albi
    image: Mairie, Alb

  • Stage 11: Mont-Saint-Michel
    Mont-Saint-Michel On this time trial stage, after 30 km, the riders go all but 300 metres along the causeway to Mont-Saint-Michel, then turn round and return so, at the finishing line, each rider is given a spectacular back-drop.

    “The magical site and the majestic decor will provide a stunning setting for the winner's photos.”

  • Stage 14: the historic centre of Lyon
    Historic Lyon

  • Stage 20: gardens of the Château de Versailles
    Timbre-poste: Versailles and Loooooouis IV

  • Stage 21: Paris, Banks of the Seine
    Timbre-poste: theSeine & Ile de la Cite
    The final day starts later than usual and will finish on the Champs-Elysees at night - 21:45 - to provide a glittering podium finish worthy of The City of Light.

the stages for 2013

There will be 21 stages. These include 6 high mountain stages [Alps 3, Pyrenees 3], 4 medium mountain/hilly stages, as well as one team against-the-clock (stage 4) and two individual against-the-clock (stages 11 and 17) [contre-le-montre] time trials. There are 2 rest days (8th and 15th July). All other days are ‘on the plain’ - relatively flat days, almost touring through France. The total distance ridden will be about 3,360 kilometres, or roughly 2088 miles.

1 Corsica : Porto-Vecchio > Bastia
29 June [212 km]
12 Fougères > Tours
11 July [18 km]
2 Corsica : Bastia > Ajaccio
30 June [154 km]
13 Tours > Saint-Amand-Montrond
12 July [173 km]
3 Corsica : Ajaccio > Calvi
1 July [145 km]
14 Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule >Lyon
13 July [215 km]
4 Nice > Nice
2 July [25 km] Team time trial
15 Givors > Mont Ventoux
14 July [242 km]
summit finish
5 Cagnes-sur-Mer > Marseille
3 July [219 km]
R rest day - Vaucluse
15 July
6 Aix-en-Provence > Montpellier
4 July [176 km]

Vaison-la-Romaine > Gap
16 July [168 km]

7 Montpellier > Albi
5 July [205 km]
17 Embrun > Chorges
17 July [197 km]
individual time-trial
8 Castres > Ax 3 Domaines
6 July [194 km]
summit finish
18 Gap > Alpe-d’Huez
18 July [168 km]
summit finish
9 Saint-Girons > Bagnères-de-Bigorre
7 July [165 km]
19 Bourg-d’Oisans > Le Grand-Bornand
19 July [204 km]
R rest day - Saint-Nazaire - Loire-Atlantique
8 July
20 Annecy > Annecy - Semnoz
20 July [125 km]
summit finish
10 Saint-Gildas-des-Bois > Saint-Malo
9 10 July [193 km]
21 Versailles > Paris Champs-Élysées
21 July [118 km]
11 Avranches > Mont-Saint-Michel
10 July [33 km] Individual time trial
Detailed itineraries for the 2013 Tour de France stages

this year’s t-shirts

TDF t-shirt affiche.
the Tour de France poster t-shirt : 20€

TDF t-shirt- parcoours
the Tour de France race route t-shirt : 20€

TDF t-shirt- centenary
limited edition centenary t-shirts : 25€

the teams for 2013

team jerseys/colours

2013 TDF team jerseys - updated
2013 TDF team jerseys - updated 29 June 2013

As well as the nineteen “ProTeams”, invitations have been extended to three other teams: Cofidis – Solutions Crédits (Fra), Cofidis (Fra), Sojasun (Fra) and Europcar (Fra).

Orica GreenEdge (GEC)

Omega Pharma – Quickstep (OPQ)
Lotto Belisol (LTB)

Team Saxo-Tinkoff (TST)

AG2R La Mondiale (ALM)
Cofidis (COF)
Saur-Sojasun (SAU)
Europcar (EUC)

Sky Procycling (SKY)

Cannondale Pro Cycling (CAN)
Lampre-Merida (LAM)
Liquigas-Cannondale (LIQ)

Astana Pro Team (AST)

Radioshack Leopard (RNT)

Belkin Pro Cycling Team (BEL)
Team Argos – Shimano (ARG)
Vacansoleil-DCM (VCD)

Katusha (KAT)

Euskaltel – Euskadi (EUS)
Moviestar (MOV)

Garmin – Sharp (GRM)
BMC Racing Team (BMC)

this year’s top ten seeded riders

  Name UCI Team Code Nat. Comments
1 Alberto Contador TST ESP 31 y.o.Won the 2008 TDF, stripped of 2010 TDF and Giro 2011 titles for doping. Won 2012 Vuelta.
2 Chris Froome SKY GBR 28 y.o. 2nd in 2011 Vuelta, 2nd in 2012 TDF, bronze medal in 2012 Olympics time trial, 4th in 2012 Vuelta.
4 Cadel Evans BMC AUS 36 y.o.Winner 2011 TDF, 2nd in the 2007 and 2008 TDF.
5 Andy Schleck RNT LUX 28 y.o. 2nd in 2009 and 2011 TDF, awarded winner 2010 TDF after Contador was found guilty for doping.
Having abandoned 4 races last year and 2 this year, Schleck is earning the title of Champion Abandonner.
6 Ryder Hesjedal GRM CAN 33 y.o. Won 2012 Giro d’Italia
7 Tejay Van Garderen BMC USA 24 y.o. Best young cyclist (white jersey winner) and placed 5th in 2010 TDF, won 2013 Tour of California
8 Joaquim Rodriguez KAT ESP 34 y.o. 2nd in 2012 Giro d’Italia & winner points jersey, 3rd in 2012 Vuelta
9 Jurgen van den Broeck LTB BEL 30 y.o. 4th in 2010 & 2012 TDF; best climber in 2011 Dauphiné and 4th overall.
10 Pierre Rolland EUC FRA 27 y.o. Best young cyclist (white jersey winner) and placed 10th in 2011 TDF, 8th in 2012 TDF.

watch tdf broadcasts

Viewers in the United Kingdom can watch every stage on Eurosport and ITV4.

Some web sites want you to pre-register, and even pay. Here are a few of the more reputable sites that were available for the 2012 TDF. They may well be broadcasting again in 2013. Of course, until the TDF is actually running, we cannot verify any links provided.

terrestrial broadcasts

UK: ITV4 - full schedule of live broadcasts.
This is the first year that ITV have bought broadcasting rights.

EUROSPORT UK is providing daily live TV coverage, including HD, often with some commentary with Sean Kelly, ex-professional cyclist.

DAS ERSTE/ZDF (shared coverage)
FRANCE 2/FRANCE 3 (shared coverage)

Canada: “TSN2 has exclusive Canadian coverage of cycling's most prestigious event, the Tour de France. The network is home to all 21 stages beginning Saturday at 8am et/5am pt live on TSN2.”

live streaming through the Internet

TDF direct video links

To the left is the list for links provided by TDF links to numerous live streaming providers worldwide.

Probably all are only available in their country of origin. Further, many are unreliable, or require further clicks to reach the live/direct feed, are hard to navigate, or are difficult to go beyond the publicity, and require a subscription.

Eurosport is selling live steaming with their Eurosportplayer, with various, almost reasonable subscriptions.

Marker at abelard.org

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

last year (2012): the first ten riders

Pos. Name First name Team Nat. Time diff.
1 101 WIGGINS Bradley SKY GBR 87h 34' 47''
2 105 FROOME Chris SKY GBR + 03' 21''
3 51 NIBALI Vincenzo LIQ ITA + 06' 19''
4 111 VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen LTB GER + 10' 15''
5 9 VAN GARDEREN Tejay BMC USA + 11' 04''
6 19 ZUBELDIA Haimar RNT ESP + 15' 41''
7 1 EVANS Cadel BMC AUS + 15' 49''
8 29 ROLLAND Pierre EUC FRA + 16' 26''
9 181 BRAJKOVIC Janez AST SLO + 16' 33''
10 146 PINOT Thibaut FDJ FRA + 17' 17''
WIGGINS Bradley 101 SKY GBR 87h 34' 47"
(Yellow Jersey)
By points SAGAN Peter 57 LIQ SVK 421 pts
(Green Jersey)
Climber VOECKLER Thomas 21 EUC FRA 135 pts
(Polka dot Jersey)
Under 25 VAN Garderen Tejay 9 BMC USA 87h 45' 51"
(White Jersey)
Combativity SORENSEN Chris Anker 178 SAX DEN 88h 00' 14"

New translation, the Magna Carta

the mountain stages

[Quotes from Christian Prudhomme, Tour de France directeur]

Stage 8: “The climb towards the Pailhères pass, one of the most formidable in the Pyrenees, will signal the start of the big moves by the star riders. The descent into Ax-les-Thermes, followed by the climb to the Ax 3 Domaines ski resort, will present an opportunity to shake up the hierarchy.”

Stage 19 profile

Stage 9: “This is where those attacking riders who are at home at high altitude will get the chance to combine showmanship with efficiency. Five climbs figure in the day's programme.”

Stage 19 profile

Stage 15: For Bastille Day, the French National day, up Mont Ventoux, the giant of Provence. with a 7,5% gradient during 20.8 km. This may be a key event of this Tour.

“... a day of contrasts. The initial stretch of this stage will be contested on the flat, where riders will need to pace themselves. This will be a determining factor in the final to be fought out on the formidable slopes of Mont Ventoux.”

Stage 15 - the steep part, straight up

Stage 18: riders will make a double ascent of the 21 hairpins on the Alpe d'Huez. The first passage at the top of Alpe-d’Huez 1 will take place 50 kilometres before the finish at Alpe-d’Huez 2. This has been made possible by an upgrade of a second road between the Alpe and the Col de Sarenne.

“This will, without doubt, be a long awaited and memorable day in the 100th edition of the Tour.”

Stage 18 - the steep bits
Alpe d'Huez

Stage 18 profile

Stage 19: The second alpine stage.

Stage 19 profile

Stage 20: “The unprecedented finish in Semnoz involves climbs which are sharp enough to cause a last minute upset.” That final climb up Mont Semnoz is some seven miles long and extremely steep, with lengthy passages at over one-in-eight.

Stage 19 profile

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