One annual event that keeps the sport lovers on the edge of their seats is the Tour de France. It is a world class cycling competition that takes place on the French soil every year. It is a prestigious event and cyclists from all over the world aspire to take part in this championship. Like previous years, this year too, the Tour de France is all set to start on the 1st of July 2017. It is scheduled to end on the 23rd of July, 2017 and a new champion will be crowned. The event will start off from Düsseldorf and the finale will take place in the popular Champs-Élysées stage, in the city of love and art, Paris. According to estimates, around 198 riders will be taking part this year, representing 22 teams.
Terms of the tour
The event falls in the category of UCI World Tour. It means any of the teams, belonging to the 18 UCI Word Teams will be permitted to be a part of this respected competition. It is only a matter of time that we will come to know who deserves the trophy for this year.
Stages of the race
2017 will see the most challenging competition as the riders will have to prove their mettle along 21 stages of the event. The total distance that will be covered by the 21 stages amount to approximately 3,516 kilometers. Among these stages, the riders will have to tackle 9 flat stages, 5 separate hilly stages, 5 separate high altitude mountainous stages, and 2 time trial laps. The riders will also get a rest period of two days to gather the lost energy.
New sites to be covered
The year will see the inclusion of ten new destinations, which the riders will have to cover. The cities are Düsseldorf, Mondorf-les-Bains, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Nantua, Eymet, Laissac-Sévérac l’Église, Romans-sur-Isère, La Mure, Izoard, and Salon-de-Provence. So, if you are a sport enthusiast, then make sure you are ready to follow the riders and cheer your favorite to win the tour.