2015 Tour de France

Cadel Evans in Tour de France 2011The 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.

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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.

Date Stage Location Distance TV
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

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