Everything You Need To Know About Tour de France 2021

Tour de France 2021

The Tour de France is back yet again with another prestigious race for competitive cyclists and cycling enthusiasts.

The race features 8 flat stages, 5 hilly stages, 6 mountain stages, and 2 individual time-trial stages. On top of that, the competition includes a 2,408-meter incline ride and a 249.1 km long distance. The latter is the longest interval a stage covered ever since the year 2000.

Here’s a comprehensive list of the Tour De France stage profiles.

Tour de France Stage Profiles

Stage 1: June 26, Brest to Landerneau (hilly)

The 1st stage covers a 197.8 km hilly distance across Brest to Landerneau. It comprises 6 climbs, starting with Category 4 and elevates later at 61.5 km to a Category 3. There is also an intermediate sprint at Brasparts.

Stage 2: June 27, Perros-Guirec to Bretagne Guerledan (hilly)

The 2nd stage of the race covers a 183.5 km hilly surface from Perros-Guirec to 

Mûr-de-Bretagne. It includes another 6 classified climbs, featuring only Category 3 or 4. There will also be a 293 m ascent at Mur-de Bretagne before the stage concludes.

Stage 3: June 28, Lorient to Pontivy (flat)

The 3rd stage is the first flat stage of the race. It covers a 182.9 km distance including two Category 4 climbs. There is also an intermediate sprint at La Fourchette, running 118.3 km of the stage. This stage will surely bring heat to the game and push sprinters to a hot green-jersey start.

Stage 4: June 29, Redon to Fougeres (flat)

The 4th stage is a non-time trial 150.4 km stage with no categorized climb ahead. The stage showcases the best and desperate sprinters in the world. There will also be an intermediate sprint later in the second half.

Stage 5: June 30, Change to Laval Espace Mayenne (individual time-trial)

The 5th stage of the Tour de France 2021 covers 27.2 km. This stage is the first individual time-trial and the first with multiple individual time-trials since 2017. 

Stage 6: July 1, Tours to Chateauroux (flat)

The 6th stage of the race covers a 160. 6 km distance and is another sprint face-off. It features a Category 4 climb at 72.6 km and an intermediate sprint near the end to finish the day with a bang.

Stage 7: July 2, Vierzon to Le Creusot (hilly)

The 7th stage of the race covers 249.1 km, which is the longest stage of the race. The stage features 5 categorized climbs, from a Category 4 to a Category 2 ascent. 

Stage 8: July 3, Oyonnax to Le Grand Bornand (mountain)

The 8th stage of the race is a 150.8 km mountain stage. This is the first mountain stage of the race which further peaks up the race. The stage features three Category 1 climbs, along with one Category 4 and one Category 3. Before the ascent, climbers accelerate at 44.8 km for an intermediate sprint.

Stage 9:  July 4, Cluses to Tignes (mountain)

The 9th stage of the race is the toughest mountainous stage thus far. It covers 144.9 km with 5 categorized climbs. The stage also features an HCascent at the Col du Pre and two Category 1 climbs.

Stage 10: July 6, Albertville to Valence (flat)

After the first rest day, the race moves on to the 10th stage with a 190.7 km coverage. It starts off with a Category 4 climb but picks up for an intermediate sprint at La Placette. Then, the race accelerates on a flatter surface, a perfect sprinter highlight before the day concludes.

Stage 11: July 7, Sorgues to Malaucene (mountain)

The 11th stage is a 198.9 km mountain stage with 5 categorized climbs. The stage warms up at a Category 4 and delivers an HC climb before a 1,910 m descent from Mount Ventoux. 

Stage 12: July 8, Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Nimes (flat)

From the intense HC climb, the race transitions to a flat 159.4 km plane. The stage covers only one category climb and an intermediate sprint at the finish.

Stage 13: July 9, Nimes to Carcassonne (flat)

The 13th stage of the race is another flat stage, covering 219.9 km. Sprinters won’t be expecting any hindrance except the Category 4 climb at 51.5 km. Other than that, spectators expect another mind-grueling sprint for the cyclists aiming for the green jersey.

Stage 14: July 10, Carcassonne to Quillan (hilly)

The 14th stage is a hilly 183.7 km stage with 5 categorized climbs. The climbs comprise Category 3 and Category 2 ascents. The stage concludes with a 706 descent from the Col de Saint.

Stage 15: July 11, Ceret to Andorre-La-Vielille (mountain)

The 15th stage of the Tour de France 2021 is a mountainous 191.3 km terrain. The stage accelerates with an intermediate sprint and elevates to a Category 1 climb. The climbers will also have to survive two succeeding Category 1 climbs, one of which is the highest 2,408-meter peak at Port d’Envalira.

Stage 16: July 13, Pas De La Case to Saint-Gaudens (hilly)

The 16th stage of the race covers a 169 km hilly plane after the last and final rest day. The stage comprises four categorized climbs, ranging from Category 4 to Category 2 ascent. There will also be an intermediate sprint at the start of the second half.

Stage 17: July 14, Muret to Saint-Lary-Soulan Col Du Portet (mountain)

The 17th stage covers a 178.4 km distance. It starts with a mild flat plane but then accelerates with an intermediate sprint. Then the stage showcases two Category 1 climbs preceding the HC climb at the end.

Stage 18: July 15, Pau to Luz Ardiden (mountain)

The 18th stage is the final mountain stage of the Tour de France 2021. It covers a short 129.7 km distance but includes a 2,115 m ascent at Col du Tourmalet. This stage is the last stretch for the climbers aiming for that polka-dots award.

Stage 19: July 16, Mourenx to Libourne (flat)

The 19th stage of the race covers a 207 km distance. It starts off with a Category 4 ascent and later accelerates on a flatter plane. The intermediate sprint at Saint-Sever will ultimately challenge the sprinters before the final sprint at the 21st stage.

Stage 20: July 17, Libourne to Saint-Emilion (individual time-trial)

The 20th stage of the race is the second and last individual time-trial, covering a 30.8 km distance. This stage was a major turnabout last year so expect a heated race on this day before the race concludes at Champs-Elysees.

Stage 21: July 18, Chatou to Paris Champs-Elysées (flat)

The 21st and final stage of the Tour de France 2021 is a 108.4 km distance. The stage warms up with a Category 4 ascent at Cote des Gres. The best cyclist is usually predetermined at the start of the stage. And the cyclist with Yellow Jersey never fails to deliver a triumphant and satisfying win after the 23-day race.

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