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2014 Tour de France

2014 Tour de France

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The legendary Tour de France is the most famous professional multiple stage bicycle race in the world. This year it will be the 111th edition of the race which takes place in France and nearby countries, its current defending champion is Chris Froome from the UK.

Throughout the decades, the Tour has gained in popularity especially with the participation of world-class cyclists who have added a plus to this race.

One singularity of the tour is that it changes its route each year, but keeps the original format which engages the passing through the mountain chains of the Pyrenees and the Alps and finishes in city of lights – Paris on the Champs-Élysées.

The following are the Tour winners:

4 riders have won 5 times:

  • Jacques Anquetil (FRA) in 1957, 1961, 1962, 1963 and 1964;
  • Eddy Merckx (BEL) in 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1974;
  • Bernard Hinault (FRA) in 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982 and 1985;
  • Miguel Indurain (ESP) in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995

3 riders have won 3 times:

  • Philippe Thys (BEL) in 1913, 1914, and 1920;
  • Louison Bobet (FRA) in 1953, 1954, and 1955;
  • Greg LeMond (USA) in 1986, 1989, and 1990
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This year´s 111th edition of the Tour will begin on July 5th, 2014 and it will feature a road stage rather than a prologue.

Some of the key stages most cycling enthusiasts await for are; Stage 5 which features cobbles also known as the ‘Hell of the North followed by the first mountain test at Stage 10 ending at La Planche des Belles Filles and finally Stage 20’s 54 kilometre time-trial to Bergerac.

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The 2014 Tour de France main contenders are: defending champion Chris Froome, Spaniard Alberto Contador, Movistar team head Alejandro Valverde, Astana Vicenzo Nibali, Pierre Rolland and Romain Barde who could become unexpected surprises during the race.

Additionally, it is very important to mention this edition of the Tour returns to the United Kingdom and the following are the race main stages by date:

Stage 1, Sat Jul 5, Leeds—Harrogate, 191km

Stage 2, Sun Jul 6, York—Sheffield, 198km

Stage 3, Mon Jul 7, Cambridge—London, 159km

Stage 4, Tue Jul 8, Le Touquet-Paris-Plage—Lille, 164km

Stage 5, Wed Jul 9, Ypres—Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, 156km

Stage 6, Thu Jul 10, Arras—Reims, 194km

Stage 7, Fri Jul 11, Épernay—Nancy, 233km

Stage 8, Sat Jul 12, Tomblaine—Gérardmer, 161km

Stage 9, Sun Jul 13, Gérardmer—Mulhouse, 166km

Stage 10, Mon Jul 14, Mulhouse—Planche Belles Filles, 161km

Rest day – Tues Jul 15

Stage 11, Wed Jul 16, Besançon—Oyonnax, 186km

Stage 12, Thu Jul 17, Bourg-en-Bresse—Saint-Étienne, 183km

Stage 13, Fri Jul 18, Saint-Étienne—Chamrousse, 200km

Stage 14, Sat Jul 19, Grenoble—Risoul, 177km

Stage 15, Sun Jul 20, Tallard—Nimes, 222km

Rest day – Mon Jul 21

Stage 16, Tue Jul 22, Carcassonne—Bagnéres-de-Luchon, 237km

Stage 17, Wed Jul 23, Saint-Gaudens—Saint-Lary-Soulan, 125km

Stage 18, Thu Jul 24, Pau—Hautacam, 145km

Stage 19, Fri Jul 25, Maubourguet Val d’Adour—Bergerac, 208km

Stage 20, Sat Jul 26, Bergerac—Périgueux, 54km

Stage 21, Sun Jul 27, Évry—Paris Champs-Élysées, 136km

The most current Tour de France outrights are as follows:

Chris Froome   1

Alberto Contador    15/8

Vincenzo Nibali    11

Alejandro Valverde    28

Andrew Talasky   33

 

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