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Tour de France: 2009 edition revealed
 
By Bart Hazen
Date: 10/23/2008
Tour de France: 2009 edition revealed
 

Tour de France: 2009 edition revealed

The Tour de France 2009 will start on July 4 in Monaco. After 21 stages the Tour de France will end on July 26 in Paris. The race will cover a total distance of 3500 kilometers.

It's a very spectacular course with the start in Monaco and the stage to the famous Mont Ventoux instead of the usual individual time trial on the penultimate day.

Next to that it is a very international Tour with the start in the principality of Monaco and the passages through the countries of Spain, Andorra, Switzerland and Italy before finishing on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris.

The race will begin on July 4 with a 15 km time trial around Monte Carlo (Monaco) and includes several sections of the Grand Prix Formula One circuit. The day after they will heading west along the south coast of France.

Also the team time trial returns. The last TTT in the Tour de France was in 2005. The TTT is in Montpellier and is 38 km in distance.

After the TTT they are heading south first to Perpignan and then to Barcelona before returning to France through Andorra.

The first Alpine stage will end with an uphill finish to Verbiers in Switzerland, where the race will have its second rest day, before heading back to France via Italy and the Cols de Grand Saint-Bernard and Petit Saint-Bernard.

The final time trial of the race will be 40-kilometre around the lake of Annecy. But this is not at the penultimate day as in the previous years. The final (eventual) decisive stage of the Tour de France will now be on the climb of the famous Mont Ventoux. The Tour returns tot his climb for the first time since 2002.

The final stage is as always on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. After the parade stage we know who will be the winner of the 2009 Tour de France.

The stages:
July 4, Stage 1: Monaco - Monaco (ITT), 15km
July 5, Stage 2: Monaco - Brignoles, 182km
July 6, Stage 3: Marseille - La Grande-Motte, 196km
July 7, Stage 4: Montpellier - Montpellier (TTT), 38km
July 8, Stage 5: Le Cap d'Agde - Perpignan, 197km
July 9, Stage 6: Gerona - Barcelona, 175km
July 10, Stage 7: Barcelona - Andorra Arcalis, 224km
July 11, Stage 8: Andorra-la-Vieille - Saint-Girons, 176km
July 12, Stage 9: Saint-Gaudens - Tarbes, 160km
July 13, Rest day: Limoges,
July 14, Stage 10: Limoges - Issoudun, 193km
July 15, Stage 11: Vatan - Saint-Fargeau, 192km
July 16, Stage 12: Tonnerre - Vittel, 200km
July 17, Stage 13: Vittel - Colmar, 200km
July 18, Stage 14: Colmar - Besançon, 199km
July 19, Stage 15: Pontarlier - Verbier, 207km
July 20, Rest day: Verbier,
July 21, Stage 16: Martigny - Bourg-Saint-Maurice, 160km
July 22, Stage 17: Bourg-Saint-Maurice - Le Grand-Bornand, 169km
July 23, Stage 18: Annecy - Annecy (ITT), 40km
July 24, Stage 19: Bourgoin-Jallieu - Aubenas, 195km
July 25, Stage 20: Montélimar - Mont Ventoux, 167km
July 26, Stage 21: Montereau-Fault-Yonne - Paris Champs-Élysées, 160km

The 21 stages have the following profiles

10 flat stages,
7 mountain stages,
1 medium mountain stage,
2 individual time-trial stages,
1 team time-trial stage.

3 mountain top finishes,
2 rest days,
55 kilometers of individual time-trials,

The mountains

Stage 7: Barcelona - Andorra Arcalis - 224km
km 127.0 - Port d'Oliana - 7.7km de montée at 7.1%
km 224.0 - Andorre Arcalis - 10.6km de montée at 7.1%

Stage 8, Andorra-la-Vieille Saint-Girons - 176km
km 23.5 - Port d'Envalira - 23.2km de montée at 5.1%
km 102.0 - Col de Port - 11.4km de montée at 5.5%
km 132.5 - Col d'Agnès - 12.4km de montée at 6.5%

Stage 9, Saint-Gaudens Tarbes - 160km
km 60.5 - Col d'Aspin - 12km de montée at 6.6%
km 90.0 - Col du Tourmalet - 17km de montée at 7.5%

Stage 15, Pontarlier Verbier - 207km
km 135.0 - Col des Mosses - 13.8km de montée at 4%
km 207.0 - Verbier - 8.8km de montée at 7.1%

Stage 16, Martigny Bourg-Saint-Maurice - 160km
km 40.5 - Col du Grand-Saint-Bernard - 24.4km de montée at 6.2%
km 128.0 - Col du Petit-Saint-Bernard - 22.6km de montée at 5.1%

Stage 17, Bourg-Saint-Maurice Le Grand-Bornand - 169km
km 18.0 - Cormet de Roselend - 18km de montée at 6.1%
km 56.0 - Col des Saisies - 15.1km de montée at 6%
km 109.5 - Côte d'Arâches - 6.3km de montée at 7%
km 140.5 - Col de Romme - 8.8km de montée at 8.9%
km 154.5 - Col de la Colombière - 7.5km de montée at 8.5%

Stage 20, Montélimar Mont Ventoux - 167km
km 167.0 - Mont Ventoux - 21.2km de montée at 7.6%

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