Itinerary of the Tour de France 2021 announced – including the double climb of Mont Ventoux

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Mont Ventoux is one of the most emblematic climbs of the race

The organizers of the Tour de France have announced the route for 2021, which includes a double ascent of the iconic Mont Ventoux.

The biggest cycling race will start on June 26 after this year’s event was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Grand Départ of the race takes place in the north-western city of Brest and ends in Paris on the Champs-Elysées on July 18.

This year’s edition was won by a 22-year-old Tadej Pogacar after one of the most spectacular finishes in history.

The Slovenian Pogacar of UAE-Team Emirates defeated compatriot Primoz Roglic of Jumbo-Visma in a penultimate time trial after Roglic and his team dominated the race for three weeks, winning nearly a minute.

The 2021 race includes two time trials, the fifth stage from Change to Laval and the penultimate stage from Libourne to Saint Emilion.

The double assault on Mont Ventoux takes place about halfway through the race of stage 11 – a 199 km race from Sorgues to Malaucene. There are also five mountain stages in the Pyrenees during the last eight days.

The Tour is one of the few major sporting events this year to have taken place in front of fans, as road cycling takes place on public roads, allowing spectators to get to their own vantage points along the route.

ASO organizers introduced pre-race Covid-19 testing for team ‘bubbles’ and testing on the race’s two rest days, with several staff leaving the race after posting positive tests, but no runners were ‘has been affected.

Race director Christian Prudhomme was one of those who tested positive, but recovered to lead the race for the final week.

Tao Geoghegan Hart won one of the most unpredictable and eventful Giros in years

Another battle of the British?

The race could see a tantalizing battle between British riders, as four-time winner Chris Froome could face Tao Geoghegan Hart.

Froome set to race for new Israel Start-Up Nation team, after Ineos Grenadiers decided not to renew his contract in August and overlooked him for the Tour this season.

Froome, 35, who signed a multi-year contract with his new team, joined specifically to try to become the fifth man to win a Fifth Round, alongside Eddy Merckx, Miguel Indurain, Bernard Hinault and Jacques Anquetil.

Geoghegan Hart of Ineos won the Giro d’Italia last month after lead rider Geraint Thomas fractured his pelvis in a collision just before stage three when a loose drink bottle lodged under his front wheel.

The 25-year-old East Londoner is not guaranteed to compete in the Tour, but his form and adaptability in Italy has proven he can take on the challenge of the biggest cycling race, as Ineos are looking to reaffirm their grip on a race in which they have triumphed seven times. over the past nine years.

Geoghegan Hart will compete alongside other top Inos drivers, including 2019 winner Egan Bernal, who dropped out of this year’s event after losing more than seven minutes to Roglic on stage 15.

And 2018 winner Thomas, 34, will also want to try to compete in the Tour, as will other Grand Tour winner of Ineos, Richard Carapaz, who currently leads the 10-second Vuelta a Espana over Roglic.

Other top Brits vying to participate include Ineos’ new signing for 2021 Adam Yates, his twin brother Simon – who remains at Mitchelton-Scott – and Hugh Carthy of EF Pro Cycling, who won Sunday the ‘mountainous ascent of the Angliru, near Oviedo, dans the Tour of Spain.

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