Route for the 2017 Tour de France revealed

24th October, 2016
The organisers of the Tour de France, the world’s most prestigious cycling race, have revealed next year’s route, which differs hugely to previous years’ courses and hopes to shake up the competition.

Each year the route incorporates a neighbouring country, and in 2017 the race will set off from Dusseldorf in Germany, before meandering through four countries for a total length of 2183 miles, ending with the grand finale in Paris on July 23.

Race director Christian Prudhomme has made the decision to add a number of steeper climbs throughout the race, with many of them featuring in the early stages. Five of these climbs will be featuring in the Tour for the first time ever. He hopes this move will limit the opportunities stronger teams have to gain dominance early on, while rewarding more aggressive riders who are looking to shake up the rankings. He told reporters: “We want to favour the long-range attacks.”

The decision has also been made to hold just four summit finishes, though two of these occur in the first week, giving strong riders the chance to make an early attack. Two short individual time trials will also take place during the race, including the penultimate stage in Marseille.

For the first time in 25 years, this will mean that all five of France’s mountain ranges will feature in the course: the Vosges, Pyrenees, Alps, Massif Central and Jura ranges.

Many of the changes to the route have been made in order to break the strong grip Team Sky in particular has had on the race in recent years, having observed how their meticulously planned and executed group riding has continued to dominate. Team Sky have won four of the last five Tours, with their main man Chris Froome looking to claim his third victory in the 2017 edition.

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