The 2015 Tour de France begins on Saturday, July 4 and will span 21 stages.
For the sixth time in it’s history the race will begin in the Netherlands, in Utrecht, and also makes stops in Spain and Belgium before concluding at Champs-Élysées in Paris on Sunday, July 26.
The 2015 Tour de France includes eight flat stages, four hill stages, seven mountain stages, one individual time trial and one team time trial.
The 2015 Tour de France is set to be a climber’s tour – it has less than 50km of time trialling and is instead geared towards difficult mountain rides, including five mountaintop finishes.
The first week is made up mostly of flat stages and will see the riders travel from Utrecht to Plumelec, France. The second week will take them through the Pyrenees before the decisive third week takes place in the Alps.
The route suits 2014 winner Vincenzo Nibali of Italy, who won three mountain stages in 2014 but only managed to come fourth in what was then a individual 54-km time trial.
However, Nibali will face strong challenges from Spain’s Alberto Contador, who last won the Tour in 2009, and Chris Froome, the 2013 champion. Both men crashed out during last year’s Tour and will be keen to make amends.
Nairo Quintana, 2013’s young rider winner, will also provide a strong challenge as he seeks to win his first Tour.
|Sat, July 4||1||Utrecht – Utrecht||13.7km||SBS|
|Sun, July 5||2||Utrecht – Neeltje Jans||166km||SBS|
|Mon, July 6||3||Antwerp – Huy||154km||SBS|
|Tue, July 7||4||Seriang – Cambrai||221km||SBS|
|Wed, July 8||5||Cambrai – Amiens||189km||SBS|
|Thu, July 9||6||Amiens – Le Havre||191km||SBS|
|Fri, July 10||7||Livarot – Fougeres||190km||SBS|
|Sat, July 11||8||Rennes – Mur-de-Bretagne||179km||SBS|
|Sun, July 12||9||Vannes – Plumelec||28km||SBS|
|Mon, July 13||Rest day|
|Tue, July 14||10||Tarbes – La Pierre Saint Martin||186km||SBS|
|Wed, July 15||11||Pau – Cauterets||188km||SBS|
|Thu, July 16||12||Lannemazen – Plateau de Beille||195km||SBS|
|Fri, July 17||13||Muret – Rodez||200km||SBS|
|Sat, July 18||14||Rodez – Mende-Montée Laurent Jalabert||175km||SBS|
|Sun, July 19||15||Mende – Valence||182km||SBS|
|Mon, July 20||16||Bourg-de-Péage – Gap||201km||SBS|
|Tue, July 21||Rest Day|
|Wed, July 22||17||Digne-les-Bains – Pra-Loup||161km||SBS|
|Thu, July 23||18||Gap – Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne||185km||SBS|
|Fri, July 24||19||Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne – La Toussuire||138km||SBS|
|Sat, July 25||20||Modane – L’Alpe d’Huez||110km||SBS|
|Sun, July 26||21||Sèvres – Champs-Élysées||107km||SBS|
*Monday July 13 (Pau) and Tuesday July 21 (Gap/Digne-les Bains) are rest days