Tour de France route 2021: Stage profiles, previews, start times, dates, distances

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A stage-by-stage look at the 2021 Tour de France route with profiles, previews, distances, dates and estimated start times (all times Eastern). Check out extended highlights here.

Stage 1: BREST→LANDERNEAU

  • Date: Saturday, June 26
  • Start time: 6:00 a.m. on Peacock, NBCSN
  • Distance: 197.8 km (122.9 miles) – Hilly
  • Preview: The 1st stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers approximately 198 km. The race starts in Brest and ends in Landerneau in what should be an exciting finish to see who can claim the first yellow jersey of the Tour. It includes 6 categorized climbs, though none tougher than a Category 3, and an intermediate sprint at 135.1 km.
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Tour de France Stage 1 Profile

Stage 2: PERROS-GUIREC→MUR-DE-BRETAGNE

  • Date: Sunday, June 27
  • Start time: 7:00 a.m. on Peacock, NBCSN
  • Distance: 183.5 km (114 miles) – Hilly
  • Preview: The 2nd stage of the 2021 Tour de France is a 183.5-kilometer hilly stage that starts in Perros-Guirec and ends on the Mur-de-Bretagne in Guerledan. It features another 6 categorized climbs, all Category 3 or 4, including two climbs of the Mur-de-Bretagne. Between bonus seconds behind awarded atop the first Mur-de-Bretagne ascent and an uphill sprint to the finish line on the last climb, there could be an early swap of the yellow jersey.
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Tour de France Stage 2 Profile

Stage 3: LORIENT→PONTIVY

  • Date: Monday, June 28
  • Start time: 7:00 a.m. on Peacock, NBCSN
  • Distance: 182.9 km (113.6 miles) – Flat
  • Preview: The 3rd stage of the 2021 Tour de France is simpler flat stage, covering approximately 182.9 km and only featuring a pair of Category 4 climbs. In between those two climbs on the route from Lorient to Pontivy is an intermediate sprint at 118.3 km. With a flat road to the finish line, this stage should see the “pure” sprinters compete head-to-head for the first time in this year’s Tour.
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Tour de France Stage 3 Profile

Stage 4: REDON→FOUGERES

  • Date: Tuesday, June 29
  • Start time: 7:15 a.m. on Peacock, NBCSN
  • Distance: 150.4 km (93.5 miles) – Flat
  • Preview: The 4th stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers 150.4 km, as the best sprinters in the world will be on display for a second straight flat stage. The race from Redon to Fougeres is the only non-time trial stage in this year’s Tour without a single categorized climb. The stage features an intermediate sprint in the 2nd half of the stage at 114.4 km before another bunch sprint is expected at the finish line.
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Tour de France Stage 4 Profile

Stage 5: CHANGE→LAVAL

  • Date: Wednesday, June 30
  • Start time: 6:05 a.m. on Peacock, NBCSN
  • Distance: 27.2 km (16.9 miles) – Individual Time Trial
  • Preview: The 5th stage of the 2021 Tour de France is the first of two individual time trials, this one starting in Change and ending in Laval. It’s the first year since 2017 that the Tour has featured multiple individual time trials, which suggests the yellow jersey could be decided by which of the GC riders are the best time trialists. The rider who finishes the 27.2 km route on Stage 5 could very well be the new leader until at least the second week of racing.
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Tour de France Stage 5 Profile

Stage 6: TOURS→CHATEAUROUX

  • Date: Thursday, July 1
  • Start time: 7:45 a.m. on Peacock, NBCSN
  • Distance: 160.6 km (99.8 miles) – Flat
  • Preview: The 6th stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers 160.6 km from Tours to Chateauroux and is another stage designed for a finish-line showdown between the sprinters. One Category 4 climb comes at 72.6 km before the green jersey race takes over. An intermediate sprint at 104.3 km precedes what should be another exciting bunch sprint to end the day.
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Tour de France Stage 6 Profile

Stage 7: VIERZON→LE CREUSOT

  • Date: Friday, July 2
  • Start time: 4:50 a.m. on Peacock, NBCSN
  • Distance: 249.1 km (154.8 miles) – Hilly
  • Preview: The 7th stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers 249.1 km, the longest stage since 2000. The race starts in Vierzon and ends in Le Creusot. The intermediate sprint comes before five categorized climbs, including the first Category 2 climb of the Tour, which will award bonus seconds atop the Signal d’Uchon. The course suggests it could be a successful day for the breakaway or a small group of all-rounders contending to wear yellow at the end of the first week.
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Tour de France Stage 7 Profile

Stage 8: OYONNAX→LE GRAND-BORNAND

  • Date: Saturday, July 3
  • Start time: 7:00 a.m. on Peacock, NBCSN
  • Distance: 150.8 km (93.7 miles) – Mountain
  • Preview: The 8th stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers 150.8 km and is the first mountain stage of the race. After a first week without a lot of difficult climbing, the stage from Oyonnax to Le Grand-Bornand features three Category 1 climbs. With bonus seconds being awarded at the top of the Col de la Colombiere, the final climb of the day, the attention turns to the best climbers in the peloton.
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Tour de France Stage 8 Profile

Stage 9: CLUSES→TIGNES

  • Date: Sunday, July 4
  • Start time: 6:50 a.m. on Peacock, NBCSN
  • Distance: 144.9 km (90 miles) – Mountain
  • Preview: The 9th stage of the 2021 Tour de France from Cluses to Tignes covers approximately 144.9 km and will be the most grueling stage of the Tour to this point. There’s five categorized climbs, all of which are Category 2 or higher, including the first HC climb of the Tour on the Col du Pre. Plus, the finish line marks the first of three summit finishes of the Tour, following a 21 km ascent up the Montee de Tignes.
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Tour de France Stage 9 Profile

Stage 10: ALBERTVILLE→VALENCE

  • Date: Tuesday, July 6
  • Start time: 6:55 a.m. on Peacock, NBCSN
  • Distance: 190.7 km (118.5 miles) – Flat
  • Preview: The 10th stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers 190.7 km following the first of two rest days. Unless there’s extreme crosswinds, expect a simple day on the course from Albertville to Valence. Just a single Category 1 climb and the intermediate sprint come in the first half of the stage before the peloton sets itself up for a probable bunch sprint at the finish line in a day suited for the green jersey contenders.
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Tour de France Stage 10 Profile

Stage 11: SORGUES→MALAUCENE

  • Date: Wednesday, July 7
  • Start time: 5:50 a.m. on Peacock, NBCSN
  • Distance: 198.9 km (123.6 miles) – Mountain
  • Preview: The 11th stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers approximately 198.9 km and features two different climbs up the same mountain. After leaving Sorgues, riders will encounter five categorized climbs in total, the last two a Category 1 climb and an HC ascent both up Mount Ventoux. Bonus seconds will be awarded atop the final climb before the majority of the final 22 km are downhill to the finish line in Malaucene.
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Tour de France Stage 11 Profile

Stage 12: SAINT-PAUL-TROIS-CHATEAUX

  • Date: Thursday, July 8
  • Start time: 7:20 a.m. on Peacock, NBCSN
  • Distance: 159.4 km (99 miles) – Flat
  • Preview: The 12th stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers 159.4 km. The route from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Nimes is another flat stage that suits the sprinters, with no obstacles until a Category 3 climb at 83.7 km, just after the halfway point in the stage. With a late intermediate sprint in play, the green jersey race will be the highlight of the day.
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Tour de France Stage 12 Profile

Stage 13: NIMES→CARCASSONNE

  • Date: Friday, July 9
  • Start time: 5:55 a.m. on Peacock, NBCSN
  • Distance: 219.9 km (136.6 miles) – Flat
  • Preview: The 13th stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers a lengthy 219.9 km on the second straight day with a flat stage, starting where the previous day finished in Nimes. Once an early Category 4 climb is out of the way, the attention turns to the sprinters. While it does look like a straightforward day for the green jersey race, the finish town of Carcassonne has never seen a bunch sprint when it has hosted a finish line in the Tour.
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Tour de France Stage 13 Profile

Stage 14: CARCASSONNE→QUILLAN

  • Date: Saturday, July 10
  • Start time: 6:15 a.m. on Peacock, NBC
  • Distance: 183.7 km (114.1 miles) – Hilly
  • Preview: The 14th stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers 183.7 km. The race starts where it finished Stage 13 in Carcassonne and finishes in Quillan. The hilly stage features five categorized climbs, three of which are Category 2. The final climb of the day will award bonus seconds atop the Col de Saint-Louis. On paper, this looks like a day for the breakaway, with the heavier mountain stages still to come in the third week of the race.
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Tour de France Stage 14 Profile

Stage 15: CERET→ANDORRE-LA-VIEILLE 

  • Date: Sunday, July 11
  • Start time: 6:10 a.m. on Peacock, NBCSN
  • Distance: 191.3 km (118.9 miles) – Mountain
  • Preview: The 15th stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers 191.3 km, a long mountain stage starting in Ceret and finishing in Andorre-la-Vieille. Let the third week of the Tour begin with four categorized climbs, including three Category 1 climbs, and bonus seconds up for grabs atop the Col de Beixalis. The riders will also endure the highest point of the Tour at over 2,400 meters on the Port d’Envalira.
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Tour de France Stage 15 Profile

Stage 16: PAS DE LA CASE→SAINT-GAUDENS

  • Date: Tuesday, July 13
  • Start time: 6:55 a.m. on Peacock, NBCSN
  • Distance: 169 km (105 miles) – Hilly
  • Preview: The 16th stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers 169 km following the final rest day of the race. Now that they’ve gotten another quick rest ahead of the most pivotal racing, the yellow jersey contenders might let the breakaway succeed on this hilly stage from Pas de la Case to Saint-Gaudens. Four spread-out categorized climbs make this an exciting opportunity for a strong breakaway specialist.
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Tour de France Stage 16 Profile

Stage 17: MURET→SAINT-LARY-SOULAN

  • Date: Wednesday, July 14
  • Start time: 5:45 a.m. on Peacock, NBCSN
  • Distance: 178.4 km (110.9 miles) – Mountain
  • Preview: The 17th stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers 178.4 km, kicking off the first of the final two mountain stages of the Tour, both of which are summit finishes. The GC battle heats up starting in Muret, where a flat lead-up to three tough categorized climbs will put the yellow jersey contenders to the test. The stage ends in Saint-Lary-Soulan on the Col du Portet – the HC summit finish taking riders to an elevation of over 2,200 meters.
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Tour de France Stage 17 Profile

Stage 18: PAU→LUZ ARDIDEN

  • Date: Thursday, July 15
  • Start time: 7:25 a.m. on Peacock, NBCSN
  • Distance: 129.7 km (80.6 miles) – Mountain
  • Preview: The 18th stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers 129.7 km, with the short-distance mountain stage a good indicator of a challenging day of climbing. After leaving Pau, the peloton will tackle two small Category 4 climbs in the first half of the day before two HC climbs in the second half. It’s the only stage in the Tour with multiple HC climbs, the latter a summit finish at Luz Ardiden. It’s the last opportunity for the GC riders to put themselves in good position ahead of the Stage 20 time trial two days later.
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Tour de France Stage 18 Profile

Stage 19: MOURENX→LIBOURNE

  • Date: Friday, July 16
  • Start time: 6:05 a.m. on Peacock, NBCSN
  • Distance: 207 km (128.6 miles) – Flat
  • Preview: The 19th stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers 207 km. Expect a casual day from the peloton on this flat stage following the last of the mountains the day earlier and the need for strong legs the next day in the time trial. If a courageous breakaway doesn’t take advantage of this, we should see another sprint finish in Libourne.
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Tour de France Stage 19 Profile

Stage 20: LIBOURNE→SAINT-EMILION 

  • Date: Saturday, July 17
  • Start time: 6:55 a.m. on Peacock, NBCSN
  • Distance: 30.8 km (19.1 miles) – Individual Time Trial
  • Preview: The 20th stage of the 2021 Tour de France is the second individual time trial that covers 30.8 km. The stage starts in Libourne, where the previous stage finished, and ends in Saint-Emilion. After what happened on last year’s Stage 20 individual time trial, when the yellow jersey amazingly switched hands, brace for another exciting day that could decide the winner of the Tour for the second straight year.
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Tour de France Stage 20 Profile

Stage 21: CHATOU→PARIS – CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES

  • Date: Sunday, July 18
  • Start time: 10:05 a.m. on Peacock, NBC
  • Distance: 108.5 km (67.4 miles) – Flat
  • Preview: The 21st stage of the 2021 Tour de France covers 108.4 km. The race starts in Chatou and includes a Category 4 climb at 7.4 km and an intermediate sprint at 68.3 km. The Yellow Jersey is traditionally often solidly settled on the shoulders of the final winner at the start of this last stage, but for the sprinters who dream of triumphing on the Champs-Élysées, it’s the opportunity to take on one of the toughest challenges of the year.
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Tour de France Stage 21 Profile

Australia’s Jay Vine wins Tour Down Under

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ADELAIDE, Australia — Australia’s Jay Vine defended his overnight lead to win the Tour Down Under, the first event of the 2023 World Tour.

Simon Yates of Britain won the final stage and moved up from third to second place on overall standings. Vine came in second on the stage to secure the biggest win of his career in a stage race.

The UAE Team Emirates rider took the overall tour lead when he finished second in Stage 2 and third in Stage 3. He came into the final stage with a 15-second lead on general classification.

The 70-mile stage involved four laps of a 15.5 mile-circuit through the Adelaide Hills before finishing just beyond the summit of Mount Lofty.

Yates led the crucial attack on the ascent less than 1.2 miles from the finish, but Vine jumped onto his wheel and Australian Ben O’Connor also joined in.

O’Connor led out close to the finish line, Vine briefly passed him but Yates came over the top to claim the stage win. Vine retained his overall advantage and claimed the title in his debut appearance in the Tour Down Under.

The 27-year-old made his name in e-Sports before being signed by the UAE team after winning the academy program on the Zwift online platform. He won two stages of the Vuelta a Espana last year and the Australian Time Trial title.

“It’s pretty incredible to be standing here and wearing this jersey,” Vine said. “The way we drove that was first class. My guys were incredible.”

The final stage featured a breakaway of 13 riders but Vine’s UAE teammates led the chase by the peloton and put their rider in a position to contest the win.

Yates again rode an aggressive race but had to be happy with the stage win.

“We came Down Under with a lot of ambition. We put a lot into it and we didn’t come away with the overall but we can walk away pretty happy,” Yates said. “Obviously Jay Vine is a massive talent and the crowd will be happy with a local winner.”

France’s Coquard wins Tour Down Under Stage 4; Vine leads

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ADELAIDE, Australia — French cyclist Bryan Coquard won Stage 4 of the Tour Down Under for his first-ever World Tour win, while Australia’s Jay Vine retained the overall tour lead by 15 seconds with one stage remaining.

Coquard is a lightweight sprinter who has had 49 wins in a decade-long career but had never won on the World Tour until he cleared out near the finish to claim the 82-mile stage by a margin of about just over 100 feet.

Vine was among the leading group that shared Coquard’s winning time and who retained his lead on general classification over Britain’s Simon Yates and Germany’s Phil Bauhaus. The race concludes with Stage 5, which ends atop 2,329-foot Mount Lofty.

“It’s a long time that I’ve waited for this win, 10 years,” said Coquard, who rides for the French Cofidis team. “I never really expected and I’m very happy and relieved with this win.”

While the stage was flat and suited sprinters, it had its challenges. Cross-winds and occasional gradients made the stage difficult and confounded some riders.

After an early breakaway by Jonas Rutsch and former tour winner Daryl Impey of South Africa, the peloton broke into two groups with Vine and other tour leaders among the leading group.

The leading group stayed together around the last, sharp bend towards the finish and Coquard bided his time until his late sprint left other riders flat-footed.

“It was pretty stressful,” Vine said. “There was one point there, I thought we were going to have an easy day and I was happy, smiling, waving to families on the side of the road.

“Then, 45 kilometers in it was on and it was on until the end so it was a very hard day. There was a lot more calorie expenditure than I was planning.”