Tour de France 2021: stage-by-stage guide | William Fotheringham


This year’s race begins in France’s cycling heartland before heading to the mountains and a climax in the Pyrenees

The Tour opens with a loop through France’s cycling heartland, home to heroes of the past such as the five-times winner Bernard Hinault, and present-day aspirants such as Warren Barguil. A hilly route travels south to Quimper then returns north to finish close to the start, up a steep two-mile climb tailor made for France’s biggest current star, Julian Alaphilippe, who will be under intense pressure to deliver the stage win and yellow jersey. With more brief ascents approaching the finish crashes are inevitable as the field fights for position before the closing hill.

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Written by Words by William Fotheringham. Graphics by Finbarr Sheehy and Harvey Symons
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