World War One tribute for Tour de France 2014

Published on May 01, 2014
  • Tour de France

    © AFP photo / Joel Saget

    Tour de France

    © AFP photo / Joel Saget

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The Tour de France 2014 to pay tribute to the Great War by mainly crossing eastern France.

The Tour will begin in Great Britain on July 5th, 2014 and arrive on the Champs-Elysées in Paris on July 27th. One hundred years after the start of the Great War, cycling's most famous race will pay tribute to the millions killed in one of history's bloodiest conflicts, visiting towns and countryside devastated by four years of fighting. The July 9th stage, for example, will begin in Ypres, Belgium and arrive in Arenberg Porte du Hainaut. Ypres was the setting of one particularly bloody battle.

Another impossible to overlook location is Verdun, the site of one of the war’s longest and most devastating battles. Between Epernay and Nancy, on July 11th, it will be the opportunity to pay tribute to three Tour de France winners: François Faber, Octave Lapize and Lucien Petit-Breton, who are among the several cyclists to die in battle...

The 101st edition of the Tour de France includes six mountain stages in three mountain ranges: the Vosges, the Alps and the Pyrenees. The Tour will also include five summit finishes, including Hautacam, after climbing the Tournalet four days prior to finishing on the Champs-Elysées.

Particular to the Tour de France this year is that there will be only one individual 54 km time-trial between Bergerac and Périgueux the day before the finale. It will be the shortest distance crossed since the first trial of this kind in 1934.

With the inclusion of cobblestone passes in the North (such as in the 2010 edition), mountain stages and just one time-trial, the organizers plan to maintain the suspense of the race until it reaches the finish line.

The route:

July 5th:
Leeds - Harrogate 191 km

July 6th: York - Sheffield 198 km

July 7th: Cambridge - London 159 km

July 8th: Le Touquet - Lille 164 km

July 9th: Ypres - Arenberg Port du Hainaut 156 km

July 10th: Arras - Reims 194 km

July 11th: Épernay - Nancy 233 km

July 12th: Tomblaine - Gérardmer 161 km

July 13th: Gérardmer - Mulhouse 166 km

July 14th: Mulhouse – La Planche des Belles Filles 161 km

July 15th: rest

July 16th: Besançon - Oyonnax 186 km

July 17th: Bourg-en-Bresse - Saint-Étienne 183 km

July 18th: Saint-Étienne - Chamrousse 200 km

July 19th: Grenoble - Risoul 177 km

July 20th: Tallard - Nimes 222 km

July 21st: rest

July 22nd: Carcasonne - Bagnères-de-Luchon 237 km

July 23rd: Saint-Gaudens - Pla d'Adet 125 km

July 24th: Pau - Hautacam 145 km

July 25th: Maubourguet - Bergerac 208 km

July 26th: Bergerac - Périgueux (CRI) 56 km

July 27th: Évry - Paris 136 km

 

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