The riders will face Mont Ventoux twice during the 11th stage before finishing in the town of Malaucène. A summit finish in Tignes will also take place on the ninth stage, two years after the cancellation of the finish due to landslides.Stage 15 features the highest peak of this year’s race, as the riders climb the Port d’Envalira, at 2,408m above sea level, before finishing in Andorra.
Another summit finish on the Col du Portet will also see the riders tackle first both the Col du Peyresourde and the Col de Val Louron-Azet.
Two individual time trials will take place on stages 5 and 20, approximately 30 km long.
Brittany will host the Grand Départ, as Copenhagen had to delay the organization of the race due to the postponement of the European Football Championships.
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The first stage will suit puncheurs, with an arrival on the Côte de la Fosse aux Loups.
The riders will face Mûr-de-Bretagne twice during the second stage, before a first opportunity for the sprinters of the third stage, and another day for the rapids of the fourth stage.
The first individual time trial will take place on the fifth stage, which is 27 km long, before another probable battle between the sprinters of the sixth stage.
The seventh stage will then be the longest stage of the Tour since 2000, the journey between Vierzon and Le Creusot totaling 248 km.
Then we arrive in the mountains, the runners tackling first the Col de Romme before the Col de la Colombière on the eighth stage, to finish at Grand-Bornand.
Another day in the mountains follows the ninth stage, with the Tour heading to another summit finish in Tignes two years after the on-site finish was canceled due to landslides.
After the first day of rest, the sprinters will head to the Rhône valley for a new chance at stage glory, before stage 11 which will probably prove to be unforgettable.
Stage 11 will see the Tour de France peloton climb the Mont Ventoux twice, first on the Sault side, first before the Bedoin side, then on the descent to Malaucène.
The last Tour climbed Mont Ventoux in 2016, although with a wind exceeding 100 km / h at the top, the finish at the top was brought back to Chalet Reynard, 6 km downhill from the mountain. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) won the stage,
Prior to that, Chris Froome beat Nairo Quintana on the legendary mountain in Stage 15 in 2013, extending his lead in the overall standings en route to winning his first yellow jersey.
Stage 12 then sees the sprinters face off in Nîmes, where Caleb Ewan won in 2019, before embarking on a 220km course to Carcassonne in stage 13.
Then, we head to the Pyrenees for a mid-mountain day on stage 14, before the highest peak of stage 15, the race above Port d’Envalira before finishing in Andorra.
A day for barodeurs follows on stage 16, before another great mountain day on stage 17.
Stage 17 will see the riders tackle the Col du Peyresourde, the Col de Val Louron-Azet before finishing at the top of the Col du Portet, in what should prove to be a definitive stage for the GC.
The last day in the mountains follows stage 18, when the riders set off from Pau, tackling both the Tourmalet, where Thibaut Pinot won in 2019 while the ascent was used as the finish at the top, before an arrival at the top on Luz Ardiden.
Stage 19 then offers the sprinters a penultimate opportunity before another stage 20 individual time trial, 31 km long, to decide once and for all on the general classification, reproducing the structure of the 2020 edition, where Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) lost the yellow jersey on the penultimate stage in Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates).
Stage 21 will then see the traditional parade around the Champs-Élysées before the final podium.