This year the course is incredible, going in opposite directions from the past few previous years. They start out in Rotterdam, go through Belgium, graze just outside of Geneva at one point and end near Bordeaux before jetting back off to Paris for the ceremonies.
In my mind, what race gets so many people involved all around the world, in person and free of charge. I do not think there is any race which compares for spectator participation. One day I do hope to get back and see it again.
In case you cannot really read that map, here is a quick run down of the race.
The routeRunning from Saturday July 3rd to Sunday July 25th 2010, the 97th Tour de France will be made up of 1 prologue and 20 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,642 kilometres.
These stages have the following profiles:
- 1 prologue,
- 9 flat stages,
- 6 mountain stages and 3 summit finishes,
- 4 medium mountain stages,
- 1 individual time-trial stage (52 km).
Distinctive aspects of the race
- le Tourmalet climbed twice,
- a hint of the Classics and cobblestones,
- 2 rest days,
- 25 level 1, level 2 and highest level mountain passes.