The 100th Tour de France: a Quick Guide

The 100th Tour de France: a Quick Guide

THE STAGES

  • 7 flat stages
  • 5 hilly stages
  • 6 mountain stages with 4 summit finishes
  • 2 individual time trial stages
  • 1 team time trial stage2 rest days

FIRST UP CORSICA...THEN NOTHING BUT THE FRENCH MAINLAND

Corse-du-Sud and Haute-Corse were the only two departments in metropolitan France that had never before hosted the Tour. The Grand Départ of 2013 will put an end to that. Onceback on the mainland, the race will continue entirely within France and not take in any foreign countries – a concept last applied in 2003.

ALPE-D’HUEZ 1 AND 2

The most significant change and, without a shadow of a doubt one of the highlights of this 100th edition: the Alpe-d’Huez will be climbed twice on the 18th stage. The first passage at the top of Alpe-d’Huez 1 will take place 50 kilometres before the finish at Alpe-d’Huez 2. Three further summit finishes are planned: Ax 3 Domaines, Mont Ventoux and Annecy- Semnoz, a new venue on the Tour map.

10 FIRST-TIME CITY STAGES

  • Porto-Vecchio (start of 1st stage)
  • Bastia (end of 1st stage and start of 2nd stage)
  • Ajaccio (end of 2nd stage and start of 3rd stage)
  • Calvi (end of 3rd stage)
  • Cagnes-sur-Mer (start of 5 th stage)
  • Saint-Gildas-des-Bois (start of 10 th stage)
  • Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule (start of 14th stage)
  • Givors (start of 15th stage)
  • Chorges (end of 17th stage)
  • Annecy-Semnoz (end of 20th stage)

NO BONUSES

For the 2013 event, no time bonuses will be allocated for intermediate sprints and stage finishes. Only the real time will count.

POINT HUNTING

Points allocated for the Green Jersey classification will be for stage finishes and in a single intermediate sprint in the normal race stages. Points allocated for the best climber classification will be doubled in the case of summit finishes.

INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM TIME-TRIALS

The 4th stage, contested at Nice across 25 km, will represent the team time trial challenge, last carried out in 2009. Two individual time trials are also scheduled over a distance of 33 km between Avranches and Mont-Saint-Michel on stage 11, then over 32 km between Embrun and Chorges, on stage 17.

Leader's jerseys and other classifications:

  • Yellow Jersey for the general individual time-trial classification sponsored by LCL
  • Green Jersey for the points classification sponsored by PMU
  • White Jersey with red polka dots for the best climber classification sponsored by CARREFOUR
  • White Jersey for the best young rider classification sponsored by SKODA (maximum age of riders, 25 years)
  • Team classification sponsored by DIGITAL
  • Award for fighting spirit sponsored by BRANDT
  • Stage winner sponsored by POWERBAR
  • Prize money: A total of approximately 2 million euros will be at stake for the teams and riders, 450,000 euros of which will go to the winner of the general individual classification.

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